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What is vulnerability scanning and why should you care?

What is vulnerability scanning and why should you care?
Matt takes us through vulnerability scanning, outlining how it can protect your business from hacks and making for tip-top cyber security.

 

In today’s digital world it is important to take IT security seriously. Every day there are more and more threats appearing online that could have a serious impact on your business. Having a secure network is vital in protecting your business, and regular scanning is essential in identifying vulnerabilities within your IT network.

 

What is vulnerability scanning?

Vulnerabilities are weaknesses within your IT network that are susceptible to exploitation by hackers and malicious software. Every time a computer connects to the internet, there is a risk of a security breach. Just one vulnerable computer could lead to a breach, and if the information fell into the wrong hands it could cause havoc across your network.

Vulnerability scanning is an organised approach to the identification of potential weak spots, providing a report on network vulnerabilities. It produces meaningful information which would otherwise go unnoticed, significantly improving your cyber security positioning and reducing the risks of a breach.

A vulnerability scanner works in the same way as an antivirus program, it can scan on various different levels and complexities. You can run a basic scan that searches for common ports or security protocols that are vulnerable and may be in use. A more detailed search can look for specific vulnerabilities such as malware. Scans can also be performed for a specific service such as a web application/website to identify specific web related vulnerabilities.


How Resolve can take advantage of vulnerability scanning to boost your IT security

As part of our Managed Security Service offering, we ensure that your IT services are regularly scanned for any vulnerabilities, ensuring they are identified, reported and handed over to the relevant teams to manage. Rather than a “set and forget” approach, we act on the results, fixing any issues discovered and producing a detailed scan report for you to check.

The scans can be on a multitude of IT services, including websites, internet facing IPs and even an internal scan of the network to detect any internal vulnerabilities. Each scan has the potential to pick up a variety of vulnerabilities. It might pick up various weak ciphers – like SSL v2, TLS 1.0 or DES Encryption – they can be used by hackers to steal sensitive data. It is really important that these older security technologies are disabled as they present a high risk to your IT network security with multiple exploits possible, for example the interception of data traffic such as credentials or sensitive information.

As part of the regular scanning we will take your organisation through the Cyber Essentials scheme assessment and certification to ensure that you have a continued level of security to greatly reduce any risks of breach.


So… why should you care?

If you’re still not convinced, here are a few statistics:
• 65% of SMBs have no data security policy*
• Only 10% of cybercrimes reported to police by SMBs result in a conviction
• Attackers bypassed multiple layers of security in 96% of SMB deployments in a real-world study
• 58% of SMB managers do not see cyber attacks as a significant risk
*Source: UN Office on Drugs and Crime

At Resolve we recognise the importance of your organisation's IT security and are here to help protect your data. If you are interested in hearing more about our security services and like the sound of regular scanning and reporting on your IT network, you can find out more here: https://resolve.co.uk/blog/article/cyber-security-managed-by-resolve. Alternatively, you can call us on 0114 299 4050 or email at hello@resolve.co.uk

 

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