Network Vulnerability Assessment | 6 Vital Steps
Do you know what steps you need to take to assess the vulnerability of your network? An assessment of your network security will make sure that the business you conduct and the data you store remains strictly between you and your customers, without the threat of third party breaching, data loss or malware.
What is a Network Vulnerability Assessment?
A vulnerability assessment is the process of identifying and classifying any security holes in your network or communication system. In analyzing vital aspects of your data management, you determine the effectiveness of your current security software and any reparative measures that must be taken.
The key focus of a vulnerability analysis is to:
- Define and classify network and/or system resources
- Identify potential threats to these resources
- Develop a strategy to tackle the most serious threats
- Define and implement ways to minimize the consequences of these threats becoming more serious
As new viruses are created and technology changes, you must make sure that your security software is prepared to handle the latest threats.
6 Steps to Assess Your Network Security
Follow these six steps to assess the vulnerability of your network:
Step 1: Identify and understand the way your business is organized and operates
Most businesses rely on collaboration between representatives from their internal business units, legal teams and finance departments to coordinate with IT professionals regarding their exact network needs. They have to take into account issues such as client or customer privacy, regulatory compliance, business processes and competitive positioning within their industry.
Step 2: Locate the applications and data that are used during the business process
Identify which of these are sensitive and what information is at risk during the threat of a privacy breach.
Step 3: Search for hidden data sources that may allow easy access to secure information
This is especially important if there is cloud-based access to private data or access across multiple platforms, including smartphones and tablets.
Step 4: Identify both virtual and physical servers that run applications necessary for your business operations
These servers may not be protected and may allow access to sensitive information without you knowing it.
Step 5: Keep track of what security measures are already in place
Your network protection may already include specific policies, firewalls, virus detection, VPNs, disaster recovery and encryption. It’s important to understand the capabilities of your current security measures in order to properly address any vulnerabilities.
Step 6: Scan your network for vulnerability
The results of this scan will give you confirmation of your network’s security. Should a virus or vulnerable area be identified, you will need to develop a network security strategy, possibly with the help of an MSP.
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