External Vulnerability Scans and Penetration Tests Identify Security Gaps in Your Network

June is here and things are looking up all around. The longest day of the year is June 21 which means lots of sunshine! Sunshine and light can seem to cure a lot of ills—real and imagined. But letting too much “sun” into your organization’s information technology network via open ports can create a host of problems.  External vulnerability scans and penetration tests can help!

Cybercriminals Scan Ports to Gain Access to Your Network

Open ports are risky when they are misconfigured, unpatched or have poor security rules attached to them. Cybercriminals resort to port scanning to find a publicly accessible port to gain access to your business network.

Studies show that a new Internet connection is port scanned within 15 seconds of going online!

External Vulnerability Scan

Fortunately, there are simple measures that can identify these rays of sunshine into your network. The most common is to conduct an external vulnerability scan. That process detects and classifies potential points in your network—including devices, applications, and other systems—that are vulnerable to exploitation. Such scans are run and compared against an up-to-date database of known vulnerabilities to see security gaps across an entire network.

Penetration Test

External vulnerability scans are often followed by a second step which is a more brute force procedure called a penetration test. In this case, a network is attacked on a test basis by an IT expert.

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