Increasing our online presence has had many benefits and has made our lives much easier. In contrast, increasing our online presence also leaves us vulnerable to lurking hackers who want to steal our information. As a result, vulnerability testing is essential in this day and age to test for security loopholes and to address them.
These are some of the ways we can use vulnerability testing.
Vulnerability scans are used to identify thousands of vulnerabilities and rate them according to severity. Identifying a vulnerability starts by scanning operating systems, application software and the network to identify the occurrence of vulnerabilities. There are two types of vulnerability scans: active and passive. Both the active and passive scans co-exist and can complement each others abilities.
Active Vulnerability Scans
Active scanners have the ability to do many things and are therefore very valuable in vulnerability scans. The first thing active scanners can do is send transmissions to the network’s nodes to examine the responses. The responses are then used to determine whether that specific node is a weak point within a network. Examining nodes are beneficial since they are the connection points in your network that can receive, create, store, or send your data.
Secondly, active scanners can be used to simulate an attack on the network. This could help to uncover any vulnerabilities that a hacker could spot or identify how a hacker would breach a companies security. It is important to find these vulnerabilities early and eliminate them.
The last feature of active scans is that they can resolve some security issues on their own. Blocking dangerous IP addresses is one example of this underrated feature.
Passive Vulnerability Scans
With less features than active scans, passive scanners help to identify all active ports, applications and operating systems on the network. Passive scanners will then monitor them to determine the network’s vulnerabilities as a whole. Passive scanners are useful to indicate which devices are using software that may provide an entrance for hackers or trojan attacks. These passive scans can be run continuously or at different intervals.
This is just a sample of what we can do. We have 15 years of experience working in nearly every technology and industry. Whatever you are doing, we've done it and are prepared to tackle your project. Reach out and we will discuss it with you.