My wife and I recently bought our first house. Outside of getting married, this was probably the biggest decision either of us had ever made in our lives and may well be the place in which we build a family someday. With this in mind, we both agreed that our home should be a safe and secure place we could enjoy for years to come. So we bought new steel doors with code-activated locks to secure the entryways, installed an alarm system that detects intrusion to all downstairs inlets, and lastly, a video camera to capture any would-be intruders. After everything was said and done, we felt confident in our decisions and, most importantly, safe.
Home security parallels cyber security in more ways than you would think. With password protection (doors and locks), antivirus software (alarm system), and security alerts (video camera), these simple comparisons cover only a small fraction of these similarities.
But what if we leave our door unlocked accidentally? What if the security system was installed incorrectly on one of the windows? It’s these types of questions and vulnerability scanning that can help identify, regularly, and ensure that your systems remain secure at all times.
What is vulnerability scanning?
Simply put, vulnerability scanning tools discover potential weaknesses in your security environment and can be used as part of your organization’s security assessment when determining its overall security posture. In addition, when these scans are run regularly, it allows an organization to be consistently proactive in mitigating its overall risk of attacks.
Why is vulnerability scanning important?
Vulnerability scanning helps catch one of the leading causes of cyber-attacks: human error. For example, an organization may have systems in place to ensure everything is patched and up to date, but what if something is missed? What if a system isn’t configured correctly, or an important security update is implemented too late?
In a world that keeps getting smaller, cybercriminals are able to exploit weaknesses in your environment from across the world. If your organization isn’t keeping up with security scanning, you had better believe that cybercriminals are keeping things up on their end. Criminals will utilize tools to scan our systems just as anyone would, potentially giving them the upper hand in penetrating your security measures.
How netlogx can help
At netlogx, we provide vulnerability scanning services both as a service and as an integrated part of our overall security risk assessments. With over 20 years of experience, we understand the importance of keeping the things we love safe, both at home and in the workplace.
Not sure where to start? No sweat. Here are some resources that can help you on your journey to becoming more secure:
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