What is a Vulnerability Assessment?
A vulnerability assessment is a system of practices and technologies that help organizations gauge their exposure to cyber threats. As the digital world becomes a hacker’s paradise, more and more organizations are trying to identify their vulnerability to phishing, malware, DDoS attacks and other threats.
Gartner® predicts that by 2020, 30 percent of Global 2000 companies will have been directly compromised. To combat this, many companies are hiring Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) to help secure their data. Recent high-profile data breaches demonstrate that CISOs and other security professionals face some real challenges, including:
- Meeting compliance requirements
- Outsmarting cunning cyber criminals continually
- Monitoring the security practices of their partners and employees
Meeting these challenges requires a comprehensive understanding of risks, vulnerabilities and threats — and the most effective practices and technologies used to address them.