One of the biggest components in successfully managing your cybersecurity programs is a strong risk management plan. In order to successfully mitigate risks, they must be prioritized based on their overall effect on the organization. The major keys to reducing the impact of any risk to a project are to recognize, prioritize, and control. [...]
A vulnerability assessment is the testing process used to identify and assign severity levels to as many security defects as possible in a given timeframe. This process may involve automated and manual techniques with varying degrees of rigor and an emphasis on comprehensive coverage. Using a risk-based approach, vulnerability assessments may target different layers of technology, the most common being host-, network-, and application-layer assessments.
Vulnerability testing helps organizations identify vulnerabilities in their software and supporting infrastructure before a compromise can take place. But, what exactly is a software vulnerability?
A vulnerability can be defined in two ways:
- A bug in code or a flaw in software design that can be exploited to cause harm. Exploitation may occur via an authenticated or unauthenticated attacker.
- A gap in security procedures or a weakness in internal controls that when exploited results in a security breach.
Whether your organization develops applications or uses third-party applications, vulnerability testing annually, or after significant changes to the applications or application environments are implemented, is critical to ensure a rock-solid security initiative.