As a sizable amount of our lives, business transactions, and consumer habits are hosted digitally, internal/external network security is vital for many businesses. The infrastructure typically consists of internal and external servers, hosts, and domains, and poses an attractive target for cyber criminals; if an attacker can gain a foothold, a successful compromise of an internally facing server could result in an organisation’s entire network and data being exploited.
Our vulnerability assessment services are the perfect option for small businesses and those looking to improve their cybersecurity, at an affordable price. They’re great for identifying low-hanging-fruit security issues, providing you with a base-level insight to your current cybersecurity posture, and an understanding of how to strengthen it.
It’s worth noting that vulnerability testing is only part of the process of a full end-to-end penetration test, and are, therefore, prone to both false positives and false negatives.
Nevertheless, if you’re looking for somewhere to start on your journey towards more advanced, impenetrable internal and external systems, this is a good place to start.
What is a vulnerability scan?
A vulnerability scan is a security assessment of an organisation’s internal and/or external perimeter systems with the intention of highlighting vulnerabilities resulting from outdated software or various misconfigurations.
The vulnerability assessment service utilises various automated testing tools, such as web and network security scanners, and the results are often collated and presented into a severity based hierarchy report.
Making use of vulnerability scanning services will help to ensure an organisation’s infrastructure is free from common security weaknesses, which, if exploited by cybercriminals, would negatively impact businesses, both from a financial and reputational perspective.
What is the difference between a network penetration test and vulnerability scan?
A network pen test differs from a vulnerability scan as it offers the addition of manual testing, to minimise false positives, as well as covering areas that scanners are unable to discover.
An element of manual testing, as in the case of network pen testing, is what’s called ‘ethical hacking’. As cybercriminals utilise manual hacking methods to exploit thousands of businesses every minute, ethical hacking is an essential part of the penetration testing process, to probe an organisation’s systems as a real-world hacker would and better protect against their methods.
How long does it take to perform a vulnerability scan?
There are numerous factors that influence the scoping of a penetration test, such as:
- The number of hosts and servers
- Underlying infrastructure
- Number of exposed services
What are the deliverables following a vulnerability scan?
Following completion of a vulnerability assessment, the security consultant will produce a custom report that highlights any issues identified, their risk levels and recommendations of appropriate solutions.
Here at Aardwolf Security, our team of trusted CREST accredited penetration testers have decades of experience performing web application security testing, and website security testing. Get in touch today to find out how we can help protect your business assets.