Vulnerability scanning is the procedure of identifying risks and vulnerabilities in an organization’s IT system. In addition, a good vulnerability management program also evaluates how severe each risk is, and identifies the best options to counteract the risks (remediation).
Once all risks have been identified and evaluated by automated scanning, the management decides which vulnerabilities must be addressed by remediation, and which can be accepted, since their risk score is low, or the potential damage resulting from a security breach would not be very severe.
Due to the recent growth of cyber attacks, vulnerability management has become more important than ever before, and every organization must have an effective program in place to secure their IT system and their digital data.
A good vulnerability management program (VMP) performs regular scans of an organization’s IT system, in order to keep the security system up-to-date and to enable it to deal with all current threats. Regular scanning is necessary because both IT systems, and the methods used by cybercriminals to attack them, are constantly evolving.