Network Vulnerability Assessment Tools
While the pace of emerging technologies such as cloud storage has elevated business operations to unprecedented heights, it has also made them more complex than ever. Businesses are now more vulnerable to malware attacks and other cyber threats that continue to get smarter, costlier and more destructive every day. Without having adequate network vulnerability assessment tools in place, it is not uncommon for an organization's network security vulnerabilities to go undetected until a cyberattack, breach or other disaster occurs.
What Are the Best Network Security Tools?
There are typically a large number of network segments, routers, servers, firewalls and other security controls in use on many business networks. Given the complex IT infrastructure of many organizations, the best way to support them is by using network risk assessment, management and security tools.
Vulnerability scanning and assessment tools may already be well known to managed service providers (MSPs) whose clients comply with HIPAA, PCI DSS or similar guidelines. That’s because vulnerability scanning often is part and parcel of doing business in a regulatory environment.
SolarWinds MSP (formerly LOGICnow) believes that for a network vulnerability assessment tool to be seriously considered as a next-generation solution, it must deliver the kind of detection, prevention, visibility and intelligence that can defeat 21st century attackers who are intent on breaching valuable data systems. MSPs looking for a comprehensive network security tool to incorporate into their service offerings should try SolarWinds Risk Intelligence from SolarWinds MSP.
MSP Risk Intelligence Vulnerability Assessment Tool
Attackers are always on the lookout for business network vulnerabilities. If your client's networks suffer from these holes, that's usually the first place attackers will try to gain unauthorized access to sensitive information such as private corporate data and customer payment information.
The best way to find and repair these network security holes is with SolarWinds Risk Intelligence, which includes state-of-the-art vulnerability scanning and security analysis assessment tools designed specifically for MSPs who want to stay ahead of their client's security issues.
SolarWinds Risk Intelligence can detect — with pinpoint accuracy — a wide array of network vulnerabilities that can compromise hosts, invite data breaches and expose networks to denial-of-service attacks.
These vulnerability scanning features include:
- Emerging threat discovery
By utilizing the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) database, SolarWinds Risk Intelligence stays up to date with the most recent known cyber threats. This proactive approach accounts for the ever-changing nature of the network threats posed by malicious attacks.
- Lightweight host-based scanning
Your clients can continue to operate with no interruptions to their daily business even while their networks are scanned for vulnerabilities. Even though these scans are lightweight and noninvasive, they look deeply into every server, workstation, application and device on a network, providing incredibly detailed vulnerability analysis.
- VPN detection
Scans can be configured to automatically analyze new or unknown devices as soon as they join a network, no matter what OS it uses, including MAC, Windows and Linux.
- Updated software patches
SolarWinds Risk Intelligence automatically discovers any unpatched software in a network, including popularly targeted technologies such as Adobe, Flash and Java.
Scan results are displayed in the SolarWinds Risk Intelligence dashboard, where drill-downs can provide granular insight and reports can be generated about the organization’s current and trending security postures.
Unprotected Data Cost Analysis
SolarWinds Risk Intelligence scans for and identifies all unprotected sensitive data on a network, and then uses a convenient dashboard layout to identify:
- What data is at risk
- Who has access to the data
- How attackers can get into it
- What a data breach would cost
For example, SolarWinds Risk Intelligence vulnerability assessment reports might indicate that 19 unprotected files on a system could be worth X amount of dollars lost to the organization if the files were stolen or lost. The results present a clear view of the company’s total risk liability that MSPs can share with their client's financial decision makers, many of whom are concerned about managing vulnerabilities.
Often, a more convincing business case for necessary IT security measures must be displayed in the dollars and cents of running the company rather than the technical data revealed in vulnerability reports. Once the risk is acknowledged, MSPs can move forward and prioritize tasks based on systems and/or data that have the most significant importance, value and financial impact to the organization.
SolarWinds Risk Intelligence’s features don’t end there. MSPs and users can take advantage of advanced capabilities, including:
- Determining risks that can interfere with or bring down company operations before they can have an adverse effect on business operations.
- Assurance that only the appropriate individuals with the right permits and credentials have the access to sensitive data.
- Reports on alerts and inappropriate access attempts.
- Trend reports of past improvements and next steps to address future liabilities and increased risk.
- Customizing reports with logos for branding purposes.
Network Security Dependability
A vulnerability scanning tool is judged on its accuracy. A tool that reports false-positives wastes time, money and resources trying to track down vulnerabilities where none exists. And a tool that reports false-negatives can instill a false sense of confidence while unwittingly exposing networks open to attack. Either way, MSPs quickly lose patience and confidence in a vulnerability assessment tool that they cannot trust.
SolarWinds Risk Intelligence vulnerability scans return the most accurate results in the industry. Accurate results translate directly into decisive and actionable reports and a significant reduction in the time required to address network vulnerabilities.
Whether your clients’ networks are highly centralized or fully distributed, SolarWinds Risk Intelligence has the flexibility and horsepower to ignore logistical challenges in IT environments and deliver laser-focused vulnerability scans that enhance your clients’ managed security infrastructures.
In addition to delivering the greatest capacity for discovering vulnerabilities and identifying data at risk, the cloud-based SolarWinds Risk Intelligence enables rapid, lightweight deployments. Without hardware and additional software to buy, deploy, manage and update, rolling out a network vulnerability assessment tool has never been faster or easier. Unlike on-premise systems — which can take months to install, tweak, and deploy — SolarWinds Risk Intelligence can be up and running in an hour or two.
Try SolarWinds Risk Intelligence Today
The nature of its cloud architecture allows SolarWinds Risk Intelligence to work side-by-side with other cloud-based solutions from our MSP product family. The holistic design of our MSP solutions demonstrates the true meaning of next-generation endpoint security, whether its:
- Securing, maintaining and improving IT operations with SolarWinds RMM
- Protecting against intentional or accidental data loss with SolarWinds Backup
- Ensuring email continuity and protection against email-borne threats with SolarWinds Mail Assure
SolarWinds MSP's ultimate dedication remains to help MSPs optimize their client's IT infrastructures as cost-effectively as possible, with minimal time, effort and impact on their business. In the end, that is the ultimate definition of next-generation security.
To experience for yourself how the SolarWinds Risk Intelligence network vulnerability assessment tools can impact your clients, start your free trial today!
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