What is a vulnerability scan, and why are they important for my business?

Updated: Apr 29, 2020

Vulnerability Assessment Vulnerability scanning is an inspection of the potential points of exploit on a computer or network, to identify security holes. A vulnerability scan detects and classifies system weaknesses in computers, networks and communications equipment and predicts the effectiveness of countermeasures. A scan may be performed by an organization’s IT department or an outside company. When you hire a managed service provider, you should expect that they will stay on top of updates, and monitor your system for any vulnerabilities on a regular basis. Even if your own IT department can conduct the vulnerability scan, it may be advantageous to hire service provider, as comprehensive testing requires significant bandwidth and can be intensive on time and human resources, reducing productivity. Moreover, once vulnerabilities are detected, IT staff will have the burden of determining how to repair the vulnerability and secure the network [Ref: partnered solutions].

When should I look into having my network scanned? Experts recommend that vulnerability scans should be performed at least quarterly, especially after new equipment is loaded or the network undergoes significant changes. The scans will detect if your equipment is compromised such as missing patches and outdated protocols, certificates, and services. If you are interested in the vulnerability scan procedure that BitSecure provides, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We can provide sample reports and thorough price quotes to ensure that you receive needed information about securing your network.

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