"Vulnerability assessment is like asking your significant other if they think you're attractive. Sometimes it's better not to know." - Bruce Schneier
"Why worry about vulnerabilities? Just invite the hackers over for tea and let them point out all the weaknesses for you."

Vulnerability Assessment

A vulnerability assessment is a systematic and continuous process of identifying, evaluating, and prioritizing the vulnerabilities present in an organization's systems, applications, and networks. The goal of this process is to identify and prioritize vulnerabilities that could be exploited by cyber attackers, so that they can be addressed and mitigated before they can be exploited. This helps to reduce the risk of cyber attacks and ensure the overall security and integrity of the organization's systems and data.

WHAT IS
Vulnerability Assessment

In digiALERT, we specialize in performing vulnerability assessments for a variety of organizations. Our job is to identify and evaluate the potential vulnerabilities or weaknesses in a company's network and systems, with the goal of helping them to improve their overall security posture.
Conducting a vulnerability assessment involves a thorough examination of a company's infrastructure, including their networks, servers, applications, and devices. We use a combination of manual testing and automated tools to scan for vulnerabilities and identify potential attack vectors. We then provide detailed reports to our clients, outlining the vulnerabilities we've identified and offering recommendations for mitigating or eliminating them.
One of the biggest challenges of vulnerability assessments is staying up-to-date with the latest threats and vulnerabilities. The cybersecurity landscape is constantly changing, and new vulnerabilities are discovered all the time. That's why we make sure to stay on top of the latest research and trends, so we can provide our clients with the most current and accurate information possible.

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key features
Vulnerability Assessment

Identifies potential vulnerabilities in a system or network.
Prioritizes vulnerabilities in order of importance.
An ongoing process to identify new vulnerabilities.
Improves overall security posture.

Includes external testing by a third party.

Classifies vulnerabilities based on severity, impact, and likelihood of exploitation.
Develops and implements a plan to address identified vulnerabilities.
Protects against potential threats and breaches.
Can be performed manually or using automated tools.
Includes internal testing by an organization's staff or security team.

Types of
Vulnerability Assessment

As digiALERT, we conduct different types of vulnerability assessments to identify and evaluate potential vulnerabilities in the systems and infrastructure of our clients. These assessments include:

  1. Network vulnerability assessment: Identifying and evaluating vulnerabilities in the network devices such as routers, servers and other network equipment of our clients
  2. Web application assessment: Identifying and evaluating vulnerabilities in the web-based applications and the underlying web server and network infrastructure of our clients.
  3. Penetration testing: Attempting to exploit known vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access and evaluate the effectiveness of the security controls of our clients.
  4. Wireless assessment: Identifying and evaluating vulnerabilities in the wireless network infrastructure and devices of our clients.
  5. Mobile device security assessment: Identifying vulnerabilities in the mobile device fleet and configurations of our clients.
  6. Configuration assessment: Reviewing settings and configurations of the devices and systems of our clients to identify misconfigurations.
  7. Social engineering assessment: Simulating a real-world attack scenario to evaluate the employee security awareness and identify physical security vulnerabilities of our clients.

Statistics on
Vulnerability Assessment

A study by the SANS Institute found that 61% of organizations have a formal vulnerability management program in place.
A survey by the Cybersecurity Ventures found that 71% of companies are not fully confident in their ability to detect a cyber-attack.
A report by the Ponemon Institute found that the average time to resolve a vulnerability is 46 days.
A study by the Verizon found that 99.9% of exploited vulnerabilities were compromised more than a year after the vulnerability was made public.
A report by Gartner found that by 2021, 80% of vulnerabilities exploited will be ones known by the organization but not yet patched.
A study by the Cybersecurity Ventures found that cybercrime is expected to cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021.

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How do we do
Vulnerability Assessment

We at digiALERT take a thorough and systematic approach to identifying and evaluating potential security vulnerabilities in our clients' systems and networks. Our process typically includes the following steps:

  • Planning and preparation: We begin by working with our clients to understand their specific needs and goals. This includes identifying the systems and networks that need to be assessed, determining the scope of the assessment, and agreeing on a schedule for the assessment to take place.
  • Information gathering: We then gather information about the systems and networks that will be assessed. This includes conducting reconnaissance and mapping the network, identifying the software and hardware in use, and determining the current security controls that are in place.
  • Vulnerability scanning: We use specialized software tools to scan the systems and networks for known vulnerabilities and potential weaknesses. This can include checking for missing patches, open ports, and misconfigured devices.
  • Penetration testing: We simulate real-world attacks on the systems and networks to identify and evaluate vulnerabilities. This can include attempting to exploit known vulnerabilities, guessing default passwords, and attempting to gain unauthorized access to sensitive data.
  • Reporting: After the assessment is complete, we provide our clients with a detailed report that includes a summary of our findings, recommendations for mitigating identified vulnerabilities, and a plan of action to improve their overall security posture.
  • Remediation: We work with our clients to implement the recommended remediation steps to mitigate the identified vulnerabilities.

WHY VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT
WHO NEEDS VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT

Vulnerability assessments are important for organizations because they help identify and prioritize potential security risks to their networks, systems, and applications. This information can then be used to develop and implement effective security measures to mitigate or eliminate those risks.
By conducting vulnerability assessments, organizations can:
  1. Identify vulnerabilities that can be exploited by attackers to gain unauthorized access to sensitive information or disrupt operations
  2. Prioritize vulnerabilities based on their potential impact and likelihood of exploitation
  3. Develop and implement effective security controls to mitigate or eliminate identified vulnerabilities
  4. Improve overall security posture and protect against potential security breaches
  5. Meet regulatory and compliance requirements
Organizations of all sizes and types can benefit from vulnerability assessments, including:
  1. Financial institutions
  2. Healthcare providers
  3. Government agencies
  4. Retail businesses
  5. Technology companies
  6. Organizations that handle sensitive information
  7. Organizations that are required to comply with specific security regulations such as PCI-DSS, HIPAA, and SOC 2
  8. Organizations that operate critical infrastructure
  9. Every organization that has an online presence and deals with any kind of electronic data.
  10. In short, any organization that values the security of their networks, systems, and applications should conduct regular vulnerability assessments as part of a comprehensive security program.

How often is Vulnerability Assessment recommended
When it would be performed

Vulnerability assessments are an important part of an organization's security strategy and should be conducted on a regular basis to ensure the security of the organization's assets. The frequency at which vulnerability assessments are conducted will depend on the specific needs of the organization, as well as the threat landscape and regulatory requirements.

It is generally recommended to conduct vulnerability assessments at least annually or even more frequently in some cases. For example, organizations that have a high risk profile, such as those in the financial and healthcare sectors, may conduct vulnerability assessments more frequently to comply with regulatory requirements. Additionally, organizations that experience significant changes, such as the addition of new systems or networks, or changes in the threat landscape, should also conduct more frequent vulnerability assessments.

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How are we
unique

At digiALERT, we pride ourselves on providing high-quality and comprehensive vulnerability assessments that are tailored to meet the specific needs of our clients.
Some of the ways we differentiate ourselves from other vendors include:
  1. A team of highly experienced and certified security experts who stay up-to-date with the latest tools, techniques, and threats in the industry.
  2. Utilizing a combination of automated and manual testing methods to ensure that all potential vulnerabilities are identified and assessed.
  3. Providing clear and actionable recommendations for remediation and risk mitigation.
  4. Offering flexible engagement models to fit the unique needs of each client, whether it be a one-time assessment or ongoing vulnerability management.
  5. Providing detailed, easy-to-understand reports that are tailored to the technical and non-technical stakeholders.
  6. Providing a dedicated customer success team to ensure client satisfaction and success.
  7. Continuously monitoring the security landscape to provide up-to-date security recommendations to our clients.
  8. Providing cost-effective solutions that are tailored to the specific needs and budget of each client.
  9. Overall, we strive to provide our clients with a comprehensive and customized approach to vulnerability assessment that helps them better understand and protect against potential security risks.

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