We talk a lot about keeping your business safe from cybercrime, whether we’re addressing industry-specific issues, like those for healthcare and banking, or general tips to fight off phishing attempts, ransomware attacks, and other major cybersecurity threats. But how do you know if the measures you’re taking to protect your business from cybercrime are working? Where are the gaps?
There are different types of tests that measure your organization’s level of cybersecurity (some of which may be required to meet compliance standards). But among the many tests you can run, the top three are vulnerability scans, penetration tests, and risk analysis.
Ideally, you’d combine these methods to get a complete picture of your security health, but we recognize that the expense adds up quickly. So let’s help you figure out which strategy is best for your business by highlighting the benefits of vulnerability scans, penetration tests, and risk analysis tests.
This type of assessment is best for organizations with no clue where to start, what they’re vulnerable to, or have little working knowledge of their IT health and maturity. A vulnerability scan examines the entire internal landscape of your organization by plugging into your network and comparing the results against known vulnerabilities. It provides a complete inventory of where your technology has gaps.
Vulnerability scans take an inside-out approach, meaning they look for areas within your organization that make you weak and easy to target, a favorable choice for hackers. They tend to be shorter in length, usually taking less than a day to complete the scan.
This type of test involves more brute force. Penetration tests seek to find weakness from outside your organization and push their way in. Their job is to hack into your system and see how long and how deep they can go once they’ve breached your security.
This simulates the level and scope of detail a hacker could get from your system over the course of months without you ever knowing.
Simply put, risk analysis is a summary of the impact a breach would have on your business. This includes:
- Cost of risk
- Public harm from potential risk
- Level of vulnerability
- Business impact
This is a good way to get an executive-level summary of just how damaging ignoring your weaknesses could be. It is important to note that a risk analysis does not examine specifics or provide a thorough road map of what needs to be resolved. It simply provides an analysis of what an event could do to your business. No matter which solution you choose, it’s important that you maintain compliance, and test your business, especially after making large network changes (like scaling).
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