Vulnerability Assessment Tools
IT infrastructure vulnerability assessment tools are essential for network security management. Threats can come from all directions and in many different forms, so gaining a true assessment of your vulnerability requires putting together a versatile IT risk management toolbox.
Vulnerability scans, access permissions discovery and detailed risk intelligence reports are just part of the suite of vulnerability assessment tools MSPs and IT professionals need in order to provide comprehensive layered security.
Network Security Management Software Tools
Here are five vulnerability assessment tools every managed service provider and IT administrator should have at their disposal:
- Permissions discovery
At large corporations, it’s often not known exactly how many employees may need access to a particular file, so the data is often left as an open buffet for workers to access, whether or not they actually have any business doing so. And at smaller organizations, employees wear many hats, so matching data permissions with roles can be tricky.
Assessing the vulnerability of a set of information requires full transparency over who has access to it. A tool that can scan folders to identify select users, permission levels, leaked data and confidential information can shed valuable insight to your network vulnerability.
- Protected health information discovery
Personally identifiable information (PII) and protected health information (PHI) can pose a serious risk when the storing and sharing protocols set forth by industry regulations such as HIPAA and other confidentiality laws are not closely followed. This can include social security numbers, credit card numbers, health care information and anything else that is protected by law.
There are tools that can locate such information deep within a file and bring it to the attention of an administrator.
- Risk intelligence reports
There’s no better assessment of risk than hard dollar values. Projecting the true cost of a breach can provide leverage for security investments, demonstrate the value of an IT employee’s efforts and help prioritize security tasks.
Using a tool that can place a dollar value on a vulnerability and provide real-time reports can help IT managers and decision makers better understand their risks.
- Vulnerability scanning
The IT horizon is full of risks ranging from phishing emails, malware, virus attacks and more. The most effective way of fighting these threats is identifying them before they get close enough to do harm.
Anyone managing IT should implement a tool that can scan the horizon for vulnerability checks across all networks, servers, applications and devices.
- Payment data discovery
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) holds businesses to a strict set of guidelines regarding the way credit card transactions are processed. Breaches of protocol can result in lawsuits, fines, bad publicity and loss of clients and customers.
Tools designed to scan data for potential security breaches can hold yourself accountable before the law does.
Vulnerability Assessment Tools From MSP Risk Intelligence
MSP Risk Intelligence from SolarWinds MSP (formerly LOGICnow) can perform all of the above functions and more, all in a cloud-based and easy to use interface.
Start your free trial of MSP Risk Intelligence and begin incorporating the vulnerability assessment tools that can keep your client networks safe.
PCI Security Standards: https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/pci_security