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Orca’s Vulnerability Assessment
Cyber attackers work tirelessly to seek to exploit potential weaknesses in IT infrastructure. Vulnerabilities can include misconfigurations, outdated software, unpatched components, and they serve as potential access points for malicious entry into your IT ecosystem.
In 2023 over 29,000 global vulnerabilities were identified, each one affecting thousands of businesses. The enormity of this problem can overwhelm many IT teams, whether in-house or external. Consequently, businesses are increasingly turning to regular vulnerability assessments to promptly detect common vulnerabilities and address them before malicious actors can exploit them.
Safeguarding your business has never been more critical. Our vulnerability assessment service offers a proactive approach to cyber security, identifying flaws in your network through a Vulnerability Scan process, followed by a comprehensive and pragmatic report prepared by our team to highlight the risks and provide practical and commercially sensible recommendations.
Our added value
Our vulnerability assessment services are led by our highly experienced Technical Director and Infrastructure team. We add value as we don’t stop at running a vulnerability scan. Instead, we go the extra mile by pragmatically analysing the results and providing sensible, commercially aware advice and recommendations.
This report highlights the vulnerabilities within your network and offers concrete recommendations for remedial actions. We won’t simply hand you the scan results and walk away, leaving you to navigate the complexities of cyber security on your own. If you require assistance in implementing these actions, we can look to arrange this for you through our fully Managed IT Service provision.
By opting for a vulnerability assessment, your business will benefit from the following:
- Identifying weaknesses: Vulnerability assessments help your business to identify weaknesses in a system, network, or application. By thoroughly cataloguing potential areas of concern, your business can proactively address these issues before they’re exploited.
- Risk prioritisation: These assessments prioritise vulnerabilities based on their severity and potential impact on your business. This helps you to focus your IT team’s efforts on addressing the most critical issues and optimising resource allocation.
- Compliance and regulation: Many industries and regulations require businesses, like yours, to conduct regular vulnerability assessments to ensure data security and compliance. Conducting these assessments demonstrates a commitment to meeting legal and industry standards.
- Cost reduction: By addressing vulnerabilities proactively, your business can avoid the financial fallout of data breaches, downtime, and recovery efforts. Vulnerability assessments save your business money in the long run by preventing costly security incidents.
- Enhanced security awareness: Regular assessments promote a culture of security awareness within your business. Employees become more vigilant, understanding the importance of safeguarding sensitive information and systems.
Vulnerability assessment vs penetration testing
A vulnerability assessment serves as a foundational step, employing automated scans to uncover potential weaknesses in your IT infrastructure, such as networks, applications, and devices. However, it remains non-invasive, stopping short of actively exploiting vulnerabilities.
Penetration testing, on the other hand, represents a more advanced approach. Skilled ethical hackers simulate real-world attacks, drawing on vulnerability assessment results to delve deeper into your system’s weaknesses. This comprehensive analysis includes research, reconnaissance, and the exploitation of vulnerabilities, providing a realistic portrayal of security effectiveness.
Penetration test reports yield in-depth insights, categorising threats and vulnerabilities. Although conducted less frequently, usually annually or after significant changes, they provide a holistic security assessment for your business. In contrast, routine vulnerability assessments serve as an ongoing security check, ensuring continuous protection. Understanding and utilising both assessments is key to safeguarding your business effectively, as each plays a unique role in your security.
Often, businesses make the assumption that their internal or outsourced IT departments have comprehensively safeguarded their security. However, the sheer complexity of consistently identifying vulnerabilities makes this a daunting task. Therefore, it’s not uncommon to discover weaknesses in your IT infrastructure which can leave your business susceptible to potential exploitation. To mitigate these risks effectively, you should consider regular vulnerability assessments for the following purposes:
- Safeguarding against emerging threats
- Assessing and prioritising risks
- Ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements
- Elevating awareness and improving security measures