Vulnerability Management incorporates different methods to identify and prioritise security risks, including vulnerability assessments and penetration testing, two crucial and distinctively different components of vulnerability management, which are often mistaken as the same thing.
Simply having a Vulnerability Management program is no longer enough to secure your valuable information. All organisations need to actively manage their environments, not just ticking compliance boxes. Our Vulnerability Management specialists are here to support, educate and guide you and your business beyond basic system scanning.
How Vulnerability Management Works
The increasing growth of cyber-crime and the associated risks are forcing most organisations to focus more attention on information security. A Vulnerability Management process should be part of your company’s efforts to control information security risks. Vulnerability Management is a continuously evolving set of information security risk processes designed to assist your business in proactively managing your information security risk processes, while also providing management with Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) oversight.
This process will allow your company to obtain a continuous overview of vulnerabilities in both your digital and physical environments, together with the risks associated with them. Only by identifying and mitigating vulnerabilities in these environments can your business prevent threat actors from penetrating your networks, systems and physical environment, enabling them to steal valuable information.
Our team will assist your businesses in detecting and identifying unknown exploits in your network, devices, servers, web applications, databases, or other assets, both on-premise and in the cloud. We assist in identifying and defining key risk areas, analysing results with intelligence-driven context, customising reporting for clear visibility, and orchestrating remediation activities.
A Vulnerability Assessment is the testing process used to identify and assign severity levels to as many security defects as possible in a given timeframe. This process may involve automated and manual techniques with varying degrees of rigor and an emphasis on comprehensive coverage. Using a risk-based approach, vulnerability assessments may target different layers of technology, the most common being host, network, and application layer assessments.
Cyber Audit Team provides a fully managed process to help your business detect unknown exploits in your network, devices, servers, web applications, databases, or other assets — both on-premise and in the cloud.
Real World Penetration Testing
Compared to cybersecurity personnel, threat actors have it easy. While those tasked with protecting information and data have to plug a million holes, a threat actor only needs to find one. A Penetration Test, or pen-test, is an attempt to evaluate the security of an IT infrastructure by safely trying to exploit vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities may exist in operating systems, services and application flaws, poor coding hygiene, improper configurations or risky end-user behaviours.
Such assessments are also useful in validating the efficacy of defensive mechanisms, as well as end-user adherence to security policies. A penetration test conducted by Cyber Audit Team serves to expose the weaknesses a real-world threat actor may find by attempting to breach your organisation’s security using the same exploits, techniques and strategies an external threat actor would use to gain unauthorised access to your sensitive data.
Social Engineering Testing (Physical & Digital)
The easiest way to compromise any business or access any digital environment is to simply ask someone on the inside for help. Whilst you might think that you and your staff wouldn’t be that easily fooled, social engineering is the most common way a threat actor will target your business and is one of the greatest security threats facing businesses today.
Affecting organisations of all sizes, social engineering attacks are increasing in frequency and sophistication, with threat actors continually devising new ways to deceive employees into divulging personal details, confidential credentials or sensitive company information. Regardless of how much your company invests in digital security technology, if your employees are susceptible to social engineering, your investment is meaningless, and your business is dangerously exposed.