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5 Different Types of Security Vulnerability Assessment

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The continual inspection of security holes and faults in your systems is known as security vulnerability assessment. Checking for any known vulnerabilities, their relevance, and their potential effects on your systems and environments is the goal of this approach.

Vulnerability assessment is an incredibly helpful tool for adopting security measures and controls within your organisation since it allows you to continuously monitor and identify weaknesses early on. Regular vulnerability assessments give a comprehensive picture of security, can ensure compliance with regulations, and enable more rapid prioritising and mitigation should any new threats emerge. Usually, this is accomplished in a series of steps.


The Stages of Vulnerability Assessment

  1. Preparation

    The systems that will be evaluated must be decided upon at this stage, and the baseline for each system must be established. Establishing which systems are essential and which data is sensitive, is also vital.

  2. Vulnerability scanning

    At this point, the systems that will be assessed must be chosen, and a baseline must be established for each system. Establishing which data is sensitive and which systems are necessary is also crucial.

  3. Vulnerability analysis

    The vulnerability analysis stage of the vulnerability assessment process is probably the most crucial because it entails determining whether a reported vulnerability actually threatens your systems. To determine the probable impact and degree of severity, root cause analysis (RCA) is carried out. The required course of action will directly depend on the capacity to precisely identify vulnerabilities at this point. You may easily prioritise vulnerabilities in your open source dependencies and containers with the aid of helpful tools, allowing you to concentrate on what is really important.

  4. Vulnerability remediation

    The following stage is to think about how to address these security issues after you've assessed the vulnerability, located the attack surface, and determined the potential impact on your system. Is changing the component configuration enough? Is it possible to minimise it by updating the component, and if so, would that even be necessary?

  5. Lessons Learned

    This is the time to reflect on what went well, what went wrong, and, most importantly, determine how prepared you are for the future when the vulnerability assessment is complete. Can you completely secure your network and system? Where should you direct your resources?

The process of continuously assessing your systems' security vulnerabilities is known as security vulnerability assessment. Checking for potential known vulnerabilities, their relevance, and their potential effects on your systems and environments is the goal of this process.

There are several steps involved in doing this. Preparation is the first stage, and then you scan your systems. The next step is to prioritise each vulnerability found in order to select the best course of action. Finally, suggestions for corrective action are given.


5 Types of Vulnerability Assessments

  1. Network-based scans to find susceptible systems on wired or wireless networks and potential network security breaches

  2. Host-based scans, which give users more access into the configuration options and patch history of scanned systems, can find and uncover vulnerabilities in servers, workstations, or other network hosts.

  3. Wireless checks of a company's Wi-Fi network to find unauthorised access points and confirm that the network is set up securely

  4. Application scans, which evaluate websites to find known software flaws and incorrect network or web application settings

  5. Database scans to find a database's vulnerabilities and stop malicious attacks


AARMTech, one of the industry's top suppliers of integrated security solutions, works with highly qualified engineers with experience in security analysts, security audits, security administration, and other relevant sectors. We are one of the top manufacturers and suppliers of security systems in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Even now, AARMTech provides security vulnerability assessment services to identify cyber/network security flaws within organisations. We also specialise in setting up, planning, coordinating, testing, enhancing, and occasionally managing IT systems as a security system integrator.