Top 10 Reasons to Perform IT Vulnerability Assessment
Business IT needs are constantly evolving. The stability and security of your system is an important part of your everyday life. As your applications and systems change to meet your business needs, so does the threat to your network environment. Performing regular vulnerability assessments is an integral part of maintaining the overall security of your environment.
Your hardware and software are the building blocks of your network. Unfortunately, security is usually an afterthought. Even when you have security built in, how do you go about testing it? Attackers aim to find and exploit your weaknesses and are very skilled at exploiting those vulnerabilities. Their goal is to attack before you can identify and fix them. The vulnerability assessment will allow you to address vulnerabilities before they become weaknesses and address the important security questions you’ve been wondering about:
- Are my systems open to unauthorized access and if so, how?
- Are there any known vulnerabilities in my applications?
- What applications are running on my systems that I’m not aware of?
- If there is a breach or compromise of my data, how will I know about it?
- How will a system breach or compromise be resolved?
The vulnerability assessment is designed to reveal the level of risk to your network environment and provide the means to remediate it. Your vendor should test, retest, and then validate. You want the vulnerablity assessment to provide a complete picture of your systems’ security.
Top Ten Reasons to Perform Vulnerability Assessment:
- Ransomware and data hijacking cost US businesses over $209 million in Q1 of 2016 alone, with FBI estimates, that it will reach $5 billion by this years end.
- The average ransom fee paid out ranges from $695 to $40,000.
- The vulnerability assessment identifies risks, threats, and vulnerabilities to justify security countermeasures.
- Increased risks, threats, vulnerabilities and exploits are found and targeted every day.
- IT budgets are limited, knowing which assets to protect ensures focus on protecting the most critical business systems.
- Without an assessment, IT and management would be guessing as to the best way to spend budgeted resources.
- The assessment identifies and prioritizes discovered vulnerabilities based on impact or criticality of the IT asset or system effected, allowing focused mitigation.
- Most IT professionals, and management executives are unaware of which systems may be misconfigured and vulnerable to attack.
- Cyber-attacks and network penetrations happen in every industry every day.
- Prevention is the key to mitigating a cyber-attack!
Many businesses use managed IT services to maintain their technology environment, most managed care services offer patch management as a base of the service. However, do you really know if the patch cycle is being met, or maintained? Patches can be missed and cycles can be held in queue and or fail. This means critical security updates are not being applied to your mission critical business systems. Patches are the foundation and first line of defense to combat cyber-attacks. Without software security updates your systems remain vulnerable to attack through either typical end user spam email mistakes, or lateral moving peer-to-peer crypto ware like WannaCry. The only real way to know just how healthy and secure your IT environment is, by completing a vulnerability assessment. We visit our doctors for checkups on an annual basis to make sure we stay healthy, shouldn’t you treat your IT environment the same way?
For more information or to schedule an assessment of your IT environment, contact: Ryan Carter, CNA, CNLM, Senior Information Technology Consultant, (517) 886-9526, firstname.lastname@example.org