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Every business IT system that connects to the Internet needs to be made secure. To verify that secure posture, vulnerability assessments are a must.
The information age has brought with it a plethora of services and conveniences. Our forefathers would never have been able to imagine the world we live in today. We have access to so much information, and so many services are available at our fingertips. Being connected to the Internet offers innumerable benefits but brings the specter of internal and external threats.
What is Vulnerability Assessment (VA)
In the context of information systems, vulnerability assessment is the process of identifying and prioritizing risks and vulnerabilities in computer systems and networks.
It uses automated tools to scan information systems to establish whether security settings are enabled and consistently applied.
Best practices for Vulnerability Assessment
The following is a list of best practices for vulnerability assessments
Best tools for Vulnerability Assessment
Different types of vulnerability scanners are available, including cloud-based, host-based, network-based, and database-based scanners. The following is a list of the best tools which are available for vulnerability assessment.
Vulnerability assessment by itself is not enough. Information systems also need to go through penetration testing, which is akin to crash testing for cars.
What is Penetration Testing (PenTest)
In the context of information systems, a PenTest is an authorized cyberattack on a computer system or network. PenTests are performed by ethical hackers or ethical security testers who are experts in their field. Ethical hackers use the same tools and techniques as those who might try to gain unauthorized access to your systems.
A PenTest helps to identify both weaknesses and strengths in a system. Rather than being just a theoretical articulation of vulnerabilities, a PenTest demonstrates actual vulnerability against real threats. Therefore the results from a PenTest can be more compelling for management.
Common forms of PenTests include
Best practices for PenTest
Best practices for penetration testing are:
Best tools for PenTest
The following is a list of the best tools which are available for penetration testing.
Even though VAs and PenTests are essential, rather than being taken in isolation, they should be viewed as components of your overall IT policies which are defined by your Information Governance.
What is Information Governance (IG)?
According to one definition from the Information Governance Initiative, IG is “the activities and technologies that organizations employ to maximize the value of their information while minimizing associated risks and costs.”
Two of the important components of IG are Information Security and Risk Management, which deal with controlling access to confidential information and ensuring that organizational risks are minimized.
No organization can function optimally if its information assets are threatened. Therefore periodic vulnerability assessments and PenTests need to be part of your IG policies and procedures. Pronix can not only help you with VAs and PenTests, but we can also help you develop your IG framework.
Let Pronix help
Pronix offers a wide range of IT based services including digital transformation, consulting, infrastructure management, product engineering and security. Our experts have over 10 years of experience in implementing SAP and Microsoft solutions. We also offer solutions based on cloud offerings from Microsoft, Amazon, and Google.
Contact us today to start a discussion that could be the first step towards securing your information assets and giving you the peace of mind that you deserve.
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