Identifying vulnerabilities in internet-facing systems is an important first step for any organisation to improve their security posture and is central to effective cyber risk management.
However, maintaining the security of publicly facing networks is challenging as network environments are constantly evolving, new services are being offered and new security vulnerabilities are constantly being discovered in existing services. This is where our managed vulnerability scanning services can help.
Benefits of vulnerability testing
We can conduct single scans across corporate infrastructure or implement a complete global vulnerability scanning programme to regularly assure the security of your internet perimeter and gateways. Our high quality, easy-to-understand reports give you clear and actionable recommendations to remediate any security issues identified.
- Regularly detect and alert you to vulnerabilities
- High quality report, providing clear and well-written vulnerability advice, written by consultants
- Provides statistical trends on the security posture of your organisation’s internet footprint
Managed Vulnerability Scanning Service (Context Discovery)
Our discovery service is an automated vulnerability management solution continually monitoring an organisation’s external presence for new applications and services and alerting you when there are changes.
- Identify new services as soon as they become live, which reduces your risk exposure
- Provides governance and monitors effectiveness of change controls
- Changes are highlighted in daily or weekly emails that go straight to your inbox
What is the difference between a vulnerability assessment and a penetration test?
A vulnerability scan is an automated programme designed to identify weaknesses in infrastructure and web applications. This is typically an automated process and it does not involve any exploitation of the vulnerability to determine what the impact of it may be. Pen testing is a more in-depth assessment that involves a skilled consultant in combination with a suite of testing tools to investigate available functionality, identify vulnerabilities and verify the impact of exploitation by simulating an attack.
Why vulnerability scanning is important
Manual penetration testing is highly valuable and necessary but is usually conducted on an annual or less frequent basis. Over the course of a year, new vulnerabilities will emerge which may not be visible to security managers until their next manual test. The purpose of managed vulnerability scanning is to provide more frequent assurance on the security of your organisation’s internet-facing infrastructure and complement annual penetration tests.