Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing is divided into two-part Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration testing. Vulnerability assessment is the process that defines and classifies the security whole in a computer from a network or communication infrastructure. It is an in-depth evolution of your information security posture which indicates weakness as well as providing the appropriate procedures required to element ate those frequencies. The assessment can be use to evaluate the physical security and personal or system and network security.
What is a Vulnerability Assessment?
Defined, a vulnerability assessment is the process of identifying and quantifying security vulnerabilities in an environment. It is an in-depth evaluation of your information security posture, indicating weaknesses as well as providing the appropriate mitigation procedures required to either eliminate those weaknesses or reduce them to an acceptable level of risk.
Vulnerability Assessments Follow These General Steps:
- Catalog assets and resources in a system
- Assign quantifiable value and importance to the resources
- Identify the security vulnerabilities or potential threats to each resource
- Mitigate or eliminate the most serious vulnerabilities for the most valuable resources
Get the expert guidance you need to:
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Your vulnerability management program needs daily attention and regular analysis to raise your security posture to its fullest potential. Our Managed Vulnerability Management team will fill in for you when you don’t have in-house skills or resources.
Free up your team:
Our Managed Vulnerability Management team can handle the configuration, scanning, and reporting for you, so that your team doesn’t spend extra time getting trained or offloading other important initiatives.
Reduce your operational overload:
When we manage your vulnerability scanning remotely, we remove the burden of hiring resources as well as maintaining hardware upgrades and software updates.
Leverage the attacker's mindset:
InsightVM and Nexpose are the only vulnerability management products to combine assessment of vulnerabilities with controls, validation, and prioritized remediation planning into a single solution. Run and managed by our experts, our technology will allow you to more effectively and efficiently reduce the attack surface and manage risk.
Managed Vulnerability Management can help you with:
Regular network assessments: Regularly-scheduled audits focused on specific areas of infrastructure and compliance needs. Benefit from quarterly business reviews with management to discuss the health and status of your vulnerability management program.
Targeted scanning and reporting: Focused scanning and reporting on infrastructure areas (internal, external, web application, database, etc.) or compliance specific to your organization. Reports can be role-based and incorporate asset and vulnerability filters.
Unlimited report generation:Delivered reports of executive summary, technical details, baseline comparison, remediation reports, and limited customized reports, as your organization requires.
Service components of InsightVM- or Nexpose-managed environment:Receive access to a reporting dashboard based on scan data and a program success scorecard to monitor progress.
Measuring progress:Monitor the success of your vulnerability management program with a metric-driven scorecard based on your own program goals. You’ll also get a quarterly Aspire Tech collaborative review to ensure program success.
Staying up-to-date:Reduce risk with regular system maintenance through the latest software updates and required hardware upgrades.
Vulnerability validation:Validation provides impact-driven confirmation to help you prioritize and make informed decisions on your prioritized remediation plan through review of validation checks for accuracy, categorizing data by discovery method and verifying vulnerable versions of software.
Optional support upgrades:Additional support options if you own and manage your own vulnerability management program. Opt for standard support from experts or Super Support for 24/7 access to a dedicated security resource.
A Penetration test simulates the action of an external or internal cyber attacker that aims to breach cybersecurity of the organization using tools and techniques the penetration tester attempts to exploit critical systems and gain access to sensitive data.
Penetration testing follows these general steps:
- Determination of scope
- Target information gathering or reconnaissance
- Exploit attempts for access and escalation.
- Sensitive data collections testing.
- Clean up and final reporting
Why We Need?
- One estimate of the annual cost of cybercrime to global economy ranges from $375 billion to $575 billion. That's a lot of money.
- Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing approach gives and organization a detail view of threats facing its web application and network enabling a company to protect its system, and data from cyber-attacks.
Which Information Security Service Is Best for My Organization?
Well, the answer to that question should be determined by your current security posture. Unless both leadership and technical personnel are very confident in their security posture and already have a vulnerability assessment process in place, most organizations will be much better served by having a third-party conduct a vulnerability assessment. This is because of the fundamental difference in approach between a vulnerability assessment and penetration test. A vulnerability assessment answers the question: "What are our weaknesses and how do we fix them?" Penetration testing simply answers the questions: "Can someone break-in and what can they attain?" A vulnerability assessment works to improve security posture and develop a more mature, integrated security program, whereas a pen test is only a snapshot of your security program's effectiveness. Because of its approach, a vulnerability assessment is going to yield much more value for most enterprises than a pen test.
With all of that to consider, most organizations should start with a vulnerability assessment, act on its results to the best of their abilities and then opt for a "white box" pen test if they are confident in their improved security posture. Once an organization has gone through these steps successfully, they should then consider having a "black box" penetration test performed by a different third-party vendor for due diligence. If you've completed these, chances are that your organization's security posture has improved dramatically.
But as with all things security, it doesn't end there. As processes within a Threat and Vulnerability Management program, both vulnerability assessments and pen tests need to be performed periodically to ensure continuous security posture improvement.
Find Information Security Weaknesses and Protect Valuable Assets
Still have more questions on where to get started or need assistance on conducting an evaluation of your organization's security posture? Contact an Information Security Consultant at Aspire Tech to find your organizations information security weaknesses and the valuable assets an advanced threat can obtain.