Vulnerability assessment is when we locate, quantify, and prioritize (“most critical” to “probable”) the vulnerabilities in your systems and network. It includes discovering deeply embedded vulnerabilities in your systems, network, infrastructure, and processes. The purpose is to mitigate, minimize, or eliminate the discovered vulnerabilities before the “bad guys” find them and exploit them to cause harm.
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Vulnerability assessment is an extremely crucial and proactive practice for determining the level of exposure to, and the susceptibility of, your organization toward security threats. Identification and classification of security holes in your systems and communication infrastructure occur. Strategies and solutions may be provided based on the vulnerabilities found, so that your organization is able to HARDEN its defenses by eliminating found “holes” in the security. With automated scanning tool and exploit frameworks freely, and readily available to not only seasoned “black hat” hackers but also amateur (“script kiddies”) hackers as well. It is essential that organizations stay abreast of the latest threats and related countermeasures. Although certain industry qualifications require organizations to conduct regular automated scans, which everyone should, it has become ever increasingly clear that organizations MUST move beyond automated scanning to assess their true exposure to vulnerabilities. External threats from focused attackers comprise more intense manual analysis and custom vulnerability research of their targets. This is why organizations choose Mitnick Security, as we are able to mimic these focused, targeted attacks so well.
Why are Vulnerability Assessments by Mitnick Superior?
Scanners Only Find Less than Half of the Vulnerabilities
Though Mitnick Security’s team intensively performs extensive automated scans using a multitude of automated tools where appropriate, people clearly make the difference in finding vulnerabilities. With Mitnick Security, it is all about the experienced people we have on our team. Why? The following is extremely important to understand:
According to OWASP, MITRE Corporation (a not-for-profit organization that operates research and development sponsored by the US government) “found that all application security tool vendors’ claims put together cover only 45% of the known vulnerability types (over 600 in CWE). They also found very little overlap between tools, so to get 45% you need them all (assuming their claims are true).” CWE is the Common Weakness Enumeration, which is a community-developed formal list of software weakness types, given by MITRE.
Our People Cannot Be Matched by Technology
This is why our Global Ghost Team™ stands out high above the crowd. We have creative masterminds, the world’s leading “white hat hackers” who have the knowledge to discover all of the related vulnerabilities during the manual scan. For specific types of networks, because of our unique global reach, we can bring in specific specialists. Our team uses “lateral thinking” to discover chains of vulnerabilities. This is done to ensure we reach deeply embedded vulnerabilities that an automated scan simply cannot find. Ultimately, we give you a thorough and well-researched analysis into how vulnerable your assets are to security breaches. Others just give you 45% of what you should know, at best.
Mitnick Security’s people discover vulnerabilities that automated tool-based scans simply cannot identify. Furthermore, these real people provide a “quantity” to the vulnerabilities using a suitable scale, and prioritize them, beyond what automated toolsets provide, with human reasoning. This helps us provide you the clearest view of a prioritized list of the vulnerabilities you have, so you are able to make informed decisions on what actions to take next.
We provide EXTENSIVE INFORMATION in on the many types of vulnerability assessments we provide and how we do each. Please browse the Mitnick Security Knowlege Base below, or contact us for more information.