An Explanation Of What A Vulnerability Assessment Is
An Internal Vulnerability Assessment is a detailed analysis of your internal IT infrastructure by means of identifying any conceivable weaknesses within the system. Once found, these weaknesses are then quantified and then ranked in order from severe to moderate importance. The end result is that in the event there are vulnerabilities discovered which require your attention, you will find yourself highly informed as to which ones require the quickest attention in order to ensure the continuing security of your IT systems and the vital data they contain.
Typically, a Vulnerability Assessment is comprised of two parts:
- A Review of your company’s internal architecture and IT management protocols and procedures
- A vulnerability scan of the internal network to determine network security
While the vulnerability scan is a component of almost every Vulnerability Assessment provided by Ezentria, upon client request it is possible to omit the internal architecture and IT management procedures review. Sometimes this is acceptable practice – especially if a similar assessment was just recently completed.
The Many Benefits Of A Vulnerability Assessment
If you are unsure about whether or not your company needs a Vulnerability Assessment, the first thing to do is to determine if one is required on account of regulatory compliance, (for entities such as HIPAA, GLBA, etc). If not, it can still not be understated that a Vulnerability Assessment is certainly a good idea, and should be considered good business practice. Even if regulations do not require the completion of this type of assessment, high-profile customers might as well. People and businesses want to know that the information they are providing to you will be every bit as secure as your own information is.
Another benefit of a Vulnerability Assessment from Ezentria is that we will be able to tell you, in great detail, not only where the dangers to the security of your information are to be found, but also what you can do to mitigate or eliminate those gaps. The structure and security of your internal IT systems certainly plays a large part in the overall level of information security at your company, but it is still only a single component out of many. As such, it is often completed in conjunction with another form of Information Security Assessment.