Why Use Vulnerability Assessments?
Many cyber criminals take advantage of basic security vulnerabilities such as weak passwords, web-based personal emails, poor patch-management procedures, and a lack of end-user education around sound security policies. A vulnerability assessment can be a critical first step to uncovering these potential liabilities.
Next, you have to look at your network. Most common vulnerability scans can identify those more obscure network and host vulnerabilities. But they’re highly technical and often performed solely for compliance purposes — with little connection to an organization’s business risks and executive security budget decisions.
The typical vulnerability assessment may also identify thousands of potential vulnerabilities and recommend multiple patches and upgrades without consideration for how they relate to mission-critical processes. These assessments may also identify a single vulnerability several times, recommending multiple solutions when a single solution could cover all your bases.
That’s why you want a vulnerability assessment that’s rooted in the context of your business. A comprehensive security strategy should link the results of a vulnerability assessment to a business impact, helping you understand which vulnerabilities should be addressed first, and how to address them effectively. This helps you to protect your business while making the most of your security budget.