Modern small businesses rely heavily on technology to operate efficiently, but this dependence also exposes them to cyberthreats. Small businesses tend to overlook their cybersecurity because they think that because of their size, they are not likely to become targets of cyberattacks. This leads to gaps in their network that they might not be aware of until an attack occurs.
To help protect against cyberthreats, small businesses like yours must perform network vulnerability scanning.
Network vulnerability scanning is essentially a digital health checkup for your business network. It involves identifying and assessing the weaknesses in your systems, devices, and services. These weaknesses, or vulnerabilities, can be exploited by cybercriminals to gain access to your network, steal data, launch cyberattacks, or disrupt your operations.
By performing network vulnerability scanning, you can proactively address these security weaknesses before they can be exploited. Moreover, if you belong to an industry subject to stringent security regulations, conducting an assessment ensures your compliance with such regulations.
Network vulnerability scanning is typically done using a vulnerability scanner, a tool that automatically performs the following steps:
The security team can use the insights provided in the report to remediate the identified vulnerabilities by patching software, changing network configurations, or implementing other security controls.
It is important to understand the three main network vulnerabilities that you may encounter:
Adopting these best practices will help ensure that your network vulnerability scan is efficient and effective:
Consult with a security professional: If you are not sure how to remediate a vulnerability or if you have any questions about your network security, you should consult with a qualified security professional.
Interplay offers FREE network security assessment (valued at $499). Our security professionals will come to your office and perform a comprehensive scan of your network and security systems to identify vulnerabilities, threats, and other potential risks. Request your complimentary network security assessment today.