‘A little knowledge is a dangerous thing’ goes the famous proverb. The saying could not have been more eloquently put to describe vulnerability assessment (VA) management in today’s world. While the term Vulnerability Management is all the rage these days, most businesses and organizations that avail of its services lack the complete understanding to utilize it properly.
Vulnerability management companies like WebSecure are always present to offer their widely acclaimed services to the willing clientele. However, some businesses prefer to conduct such operations on their own. These are usually smaller companies that neither have the funds nor a widespread network to avail such services. Instead, they procure vulnerability assessment programs and run them on their systems with little to no knowledge of what to expect.
It is for the benefit of such companies as well as individuals looking to secure their systems that the experts at WebSecure have listed the important features that must be kept in mind while selecting vulnerability assessment programs. However, it is to be remembered there is no one-size-fits-all solution for vulnerability assessment and management. These are the common features that are the hallmark of effective vulnerability assessment programs.
Vulnerability assessment programs should automatically secure folders and systems, password policies, anti-viruses, and firewalls to properly lock down the network before assessment.
The vulnerability assessment program must be capable of ensuring secure communication and security via SSL to prevent gated incursions through the server.
To prevent the creation of further vulnerabilities, the vulnerability assessment program should be able to scan high-risk software and shared files without any inherent problem.
One of the widely neglected vulnerability points are the various ports in a given network. Certain inactive ports can be opened, providing external forces a way into the system. The selected vulnerability assessment program must be capable enough to control these ports and determine their status, especially the ones on internet0-facing servers.
The vulnerability assessment program in question should be equipped to execute custom scripts to tackle known zero-day vulnerabilities. The program’s adaptability can make or break the security system.
These five points are the principal features on which a vulnerability assessment program should be chosen, according to WebSecure experts. Widespread digitalization has made programs and software easily available to the common man as well. Subsequently, cybersecurity has also transformed from a business-only application to home systems.
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