Identifying vulnerabilities in IT is not always easy. The more complex the IT infrastructure, the more expertise is required.
Identifying vulnerabilities in IT is not always easy. The more complex the IT infrastructure, the more expertise is required. That's why security experts help companies identify potential security gaps. The basis for this is the so-called vulnerability assessment.
Vulnerability assessment is a process in which companies systematically scan their systems for security gaps. The additional assessment of current security helps the security team take further action. This includes classifying, prioritizing and remediating the vulnerabilities at hand. It is important to note, however, that vulnerability assessment goes far beyond traditional vulnerability scans. It usually involves an extensive team. Team members are usually ethical hackers who perform in-depth assessments.
In general, vulnerability assessment can cover individual systems as well as an entire organization. There are basically four types of vulnerability assessment:
Continuous Vulnerability Scanning is an excellent way to identify security vulnerabilities. Combined with bug bounty hunting, companies are able to close critical vulnerabilities. And they can do so before a problem even occurs. In doing so, vulnerability assessment can uncover numerous security vulnerabilities. Typically these include:
Exactly how the vulnerability assessment process turns out depends on the company. Therefore, planning and strategies in vulnerability scanning are critical to success. However, the following approach has proven effective:
Vulnerability Disclosure & the Bug Bounty Program are two methods to drive vulnerability assessment. Basically, both aim to identify security vulnerabilities so that organizations can close them. In bug bounty hunting, hackers search for vulnerabilities and report them to the company. The incentive is that the company pays a premium. They are ideal for disclosing vulnerabilities. However, this in no way means that companies have to choose one approach over the other. Rather, the two types of tests can complement each other. It is possible to conduct regular vulnerability assessments while improving the security profile and minimizing exploits.
Vulnerability assessment is an approach that helps organizations improve their IT security. On-demand penetration testing has the same goal and starts with a vulnerability scan first. Penetration testing is thus another testing option for internal IT security. Pentesting supports the Website Vulnerability Assessment, for example, by simulating the effects of cyberattacks. This allows companies to see what damage a potential attack will cause. Ideally, companies opt for a combination of penetration testing and vulnerability assessment.
In addition to these tools, there are many other options for effective vulnerability analysis. Companies particularly benefit from security platforms that provide them with a complete solution. A good example of this is Turingsecure's Vulnerability Management & Reporting. This software solution combines comprehensive vulnerability management, reporting tools and data protection.