Vulnerability Assessment

The Challenge

Vulnerability assessment is the process of identifying, prioritizing, and remediating the vulnerabilities in computer systems and network infrastructure. Vulnerabilities are often caused by design flaws in operating systems and applications or by the misconfiguration of systems.

Vulnerability assessment typically includes the following steps:

  • Discovering IT assets and creating an inventory of applications and services
  • Classifying each asset based on its business impact and security relevance
  • Scanning the assets for vulnerabilities or potential threats
  • Remediating the most serious vulnerabilities through software patches or other mitigation techniques
  • Verifying that the vulnerability is no longer present after remediation

Why Does Vulnerability Assessment Matter?

Software flaws or misconfigurations could open doors that allow cybercriminals to access IT systems. These vulnerabilities need to be quickly detected and remediated before they can be exploited. A comprehensive vulnerability assessment program is essential to improving your organization’s security posture.

In many cases, attackers take advantage of known security vulnerabilities that organizations have failed to detect and remediate. Pre-packaged exploit kits are often available, making it possible for even unsophisticated hackers to penetrate security defenses, access valuable data, and cause intentional damage to an organization.

To defend against these attacks, it’s critical to use a vulnerability scanner to identify hidden network, application, and host vulnerabilities. Today’s advanced vulnerability scanning tools can identify thousands of vulnerabilities and rate them by severity measures such as the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS). Scanning tools also provide detailed reports that can be used to follow up on the vulnerabilities that are discovered. It is not uncommon to find thousands of vulnerability even in a small IT environment. 

Unfortunately, many organizations invest in vulnerability scanning technology without investing in the people and processes required for an effective vulnerability management program.

How Does EiQ Help?

A comprehensive vulnerability management program is an important tool for information security analysts in the quest to identify and correct security gaps before they are exploited by attackers. EiQ’s SOCVue Vulnerability Management service combines vulnerability scanning technology with world-class people and processes necessary to improve your organization’s security posture. EiQ’s SOC team will deploy and manage periodic scans, prioritize vulnerabilities based on business impact and risk, and deliver remediation guidance to reduce the attack surface.  

Also, by combining our hybrid security-as-a-service solutions, SOCVue Vulnerability Management and SOCVue Security Monitoring, your organization can easily correlate vulnerability results with active attacks that are detected in your network.

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EiQ has a great service and can help automate and increase visibility throughout your entire IT infrastructure. Using open source tools and wasting valuable time doing it all yourself just isn’t worth it. The cost for 24/7 monitoring and weekly calls with EiQ’s SOC team is far more affordable than what you would pay for one security technician. EiQ is absolutely worth the investment if you’re tired of spending a lot of time using multiple ineffective tools or trying to invest budget into building a big security team.
Andrew Bezenah Information Technology and Information Security Manager
Gold Star Mortgage Financial Group