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Vulnerability Assessments – Guidelines & Best PracticesToday’s information technology landscape is a cyber-battlefield, with organizations striving to protect networks and data from misuse. With cybercriminals constantly testing assets from outside and in, organizations must now enforce security where there is risk. Since this is changing constantly over time, it is imperative that organizations periodically reassess risks and reconsider the appropriateness and effectiveness of the technologies and processes they have selected. 

Vulnerability assessments exist to test key aspects of an environment against flaws that could be taken advantage of and help build strategies to secure the environment. The goal of these engagements is to help understand and improve upon the current security posture. With these things in mind, here are some key guidelines and best practices to keep in mind when undergoing vulnerability assessments at your organization. 

What is a Vulnerability Assessment?

A vulnerability assessment is a systematic view of security weaknesses in an information system. It evaluates if the system is susceptible to any known vulnerabilities, assigns severity levels, and provides recommendations on how to best mitigate moving forward. There are several types of assessments that are available, but the goal should remain the same regardless of method chosen – At its core, a vulnerability assessment should detail any weaknesses in your network along with the corrective steps needed to protect. 

Best Practices for Vulnerability Assessments 

The building and maintenance of a successful vulnerability management program has proven to be a difficult challenge for many enterprises, and so it is best to approach the situation from a pragmatic and business-first perspective. Stratejm, for example, uses cyber threat intelligence to further enrich vulnerability data by constantly scanning the dark web, deep web and social media for new vulnerabilities that are most prone to be exploited or for vulnerabilities. This allows the occurrence of false positives to be reduced dramatically and attention be paid to the vulnerabilities that actually matter. With this approach, you can focus on the gaps that present the greatest threats to the organization and not waste time reviewing useless information.

How Can I Conduct a Vulnerability Assessment at My Organization? 

As organizations increasingly move towards digital transformation initiatives to drive growth and productivity, building a successful vulnerability management program has become difficult. For this reason, we recommend partnering with a reputable cybersecurity company like Stratejm that will be able to provide their expertise and resources to help you solve this problem. 

We use industry leading vulnerability management tools to achieve the following:

  • Accurate, prioritized results
  • Visually maps every device and application on the network
  • Details each device by OS, ports, services and certificates
  • Assess feature efficiency scans for vulnerabilities everywhere
  • Includes devices and applications on perimeter and internal networks, and elastic cloud networks
  • Scanning is on demand or scheduled – even continuously to keep abreast of the latest threats
  • Identify the highest business risks using trend analysis, zero-day and patch impact predictions 

Contact us today to find out more about how we can provide deeper visibility and insight into your network infrastructure.