Why is Vulnerability Assessment an Integral Part of Network Monitoring?

    Jun 27, 2019 2:30:00 PM Keeran Networks Network Monitoring, Vulnerability Assessment, Network Assessment

    The complexity and size of cyber threats are increasing every day. We are in an era where there is a constant battle to protect our systems – corporate network-servers, services, installed software, etc. 

    Nevertheless, Cybersecurity and Network monitoring processes will differ from organization to organization depending on the size, financial capabilities and industry-specific requirements. 

    If you are looking to set up your network infrastructure, and have configured all your software and hardware, it is essential that you also assess your network vulnerabilities ahead in time and take comprehensive measures.

     

    What is Vulnerability Assessment? 

    Intruders are always looking for a chance to invade your Network to steal sensitive data stored on your servers or encrypt your databases. This is where vulnerability assessment contributes to your network monitoring and overall security efforts. 

    Network vulnerability assessment helps in underlining weaknesses in your computer systems, applications and infrastructure, giving your organization a better sneak-peak to the network environment. You’re also evaluating the probability of how cybercriminals are finding frailties in your Network, causing DDoS attacks. 

    Additionally, during network assessment, you identify compliance with security standards such as HIPAA for the healthcare industry, PCI DSS for banking and finance. 

    Let’s analyze what steps are involved in vulnerability assessment – 

    •    Identification, quantification and ranking of vulnerabilities that have been discovered in the network infrastructure, software, hardware and applications 

    •    Different scenario with security flaws is hypothesized, and the consequences are explained

    •    Comprehensive Strategic IT Advisory is prepared, and steps are planned to address/tackle the issues

    •    Different recommendations are provided to improve the company’s security posture

     

    Benefits of Vulnerability Assessment 

    Vulnerability assessment is a crucial step in network monitoring. Even if your company has a robust firewall, intrusion detection system and antivirus in place, hackers can still gain access to your systems and exploit weaknesses. 

    Actually, when you analyze your Network, it helps prioritize security flaws such as misconfigured systems, weak passwords and exposed web servers. You can get one step ahead of attackers and work to keep your sensitive data more secure. 

    Show Your Prospects Your Data is Secure:

    People need to be assured; you’re able to protect their data. If you are performing vulnerability assessment, you are ensuring your stakeholders that you know how to retain your business and have robust network security in place, giving you a competitive advantage. 

    Added Support for Regulatory Compliance:

    As we mentioned beforehand, most regulated industries need to comply with regulations like PCI, HIPAA, among other rigorous vulnerabilities management practices. Network Vulnerability Assessments can help you retain or achieve cybersecurity certifications.

    Remediation Efforts and Test their Effectiveness: 

    When you think of purchasing a new security service or tool, you may want to know more about its performance in the “real-world.” Vulnerability assessment can help you pinpoint specific issues, prioritize them and strategize which tools can fill the severe security gaps and validating which proposed security countermeasures are most effective.  

     

    Methods of Vulnerability Assessment 

    Once your business decides on network vulnerability assessment, you should choose an appropriate method to conduct it. Below are some of the techniques your Managed IT Services can leverage to reveal your network vulnerabilities – 

    Black Box Network Vulnerability Assessment 

    The Black Box method of vulnerability assessment requires a security team to act like real hackers. The security team find ways to get into the company’s network “from the outside,” evaluating public IP address, external interface of a firewall and systems located in the demilitarized zone (DMZ), etc. The ethical hackers are not given access to databases or any administrator privileges. 

    White Box Network Vulnerability Assessment 

    This method includes looking at the network “from the inside” with privileges of the authorized users, checking the entire Network with file servers and databases. However, the aim here is to scan the network vulnerabilities, while also testing the security configuration of the machines inside the Network. 

    Gray Box Network Vulnerability Assessment 

    Gray Box method incorporates both the white and black box approaches. Here the security team gets some information on the organization’s Network, such as user login details, but do not get access to the entire Network. 

     

    Collaborate with Keeran Networks for Comprehensive Network Assessment 

    If your business is interested in protecting its security and reputation, you can partner with Keeran Networks for comprehensive network monitoring, including vulnerability assessment. We help you stay prepared for a range of cybersecurity challenges. Our dedicated Network monitoring staff ensures that your business receives unmatched expertise and support in addition to proactive fixes and help with compliance goals. 

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    Written by Keeran Networks