A vulnerability assessment is a systematic examination of an information system's security flaws. It determines whether the system is vulnerable to any known flaws, rates their seriousness, and, as necessary, makes remediation or mitigation recommendations.
Examples of threats that can be prevented by vulnerability assessment include:
SQL injection, XSS, and other code injection attacks. Increase in privileges as a result of inadequate authentication methods.
Insecure defaults - software that comes pre-configured with insecure settings, such as guessable admin passwords.
Vulnerability management can be defined as "the cyclical practice of identifying, classifying, remediating, and mitigating vulnerabilities."1 Organizations use vulnerability management to pre emptively defend against the exploitation of vulnerabilities in company applications, software, and networks. Organizations that can effectively implement vulnerability management will be significantly safer from data breaches and theft.
Identifying vulnerabilities in internet-facing systems is an important first step for any organization looking to improve its security posture. However, maintaining the security of publicly accessible networks is difficult since network environments are always growing, new services are being offered, and new security flaws in current services are constantly being found.
Vulnerability Scanning service
ProTechmanize's vulnerability scanning solution can assist you in determining your organization's vulnerability to internet-based attacks in an expedient and cost-effective manner. We may perform single scans across the corporate infrastructure to a full global vulnerability scanning programme to ensure the security of your internet perimeter and gateways on a regular basis. Our high-quality, easy-to-understand reports provide you with clear and actionable suggestions to address any security issues that have been found.
Detect and notify you of vulnerabilities on a regular basis
Interpret scan results and provide clear and well-written vulnerability advice written by consultants
Provides statistical trends on the security posture of your organization’s internet footprint
Our discovery tool constantly checks an organization's external presence for new applications and services and notifies you when anything changes.
Identify new services as soon as they become live, which reduces your risk exposure
Provides governance and monitors the effectiveness of change controls
Why do I need this in addition to manual penetration testing?
Manual penetration testing is extremely essential and required, however, it is often performed once a year or less frequently. Over the course of a year, new vulnerabilities will surface that security managers may not be aware of until their next manual test. The purpose of this is to provide more frequent assurance on the security of your organization’s internet-facing infrastructure and complement annual penetration tests.
Types of Vulnerability Assessments
To find vulnerabilities in a given network or system, vulnerability assessments use a variety of tools, scanners, types, and methodologies. The following are some examples of vulnerability assessments:
1. Network and Wireless Assessment
Detects potential network security flaws. It entails evaluating practices and policies in order to prevent unauthorized access to public and private networks, as well as network-accessible resources.
2. Host Evaluation
Examine workstations, servers, and other network hosts for vulnerabilities. This type of assessment evaluates services and ports that may be detectable by network-based assessments.
3. Database Evaluation
This kind of vulnerability assessment looks for weaknesses and incorrect configurations in the big data systems and databases, finding rogue databases and unsafe development and testing
4. Application Scans
Using front-end automated scans or dynamic/static code analysis identifies security vulnerabilities and incorrect configurations in web applications and their source code.