Cyber Security Vulnerability Assessment
Digital socialization has become a part of every individual’s daily routine. Because of this, it’s not surprising that invading someone’s life – identity, security, finances, and confidentiality – has become the new norm. While people are aware of this hacking trend, they have no clue on how to handle it. This is the reason why cybersecurity has become a major issue and cyber security vulnerability assessment has been considered a necessity.
For us to be fully equipped with these processes, we have to know first the terms and jargons that are being used in this field. Cybersecurity is the process of protecting certain network, data, system, and any other digitally related systems from cyberattacks. On the other hand, cyberattacks aim to infiltrate, access, change, and interrupt confidential information. Some hackers use this to loot money and invade an organization’s valuable assets.
Since cybersecurity threats are just around the corner, you should be knowledgeable about them to protect your files from being compromised. Here are some cybersecurity threats that we have to avoid:
Ransomware – this cybersecurity threat involves encryption wherein the victim’s computer is being invaded and locked. The attackers usually ask for a ransom or a payment in exchange of the locked data.
Malware – this cybersecurity threat damages the computer itself. One example of this is a virus that penetrates your computer.
Social Engineering – a type of cybersecurity threat that tricks victims to expose protected, confidential, and sensitive information in exchange with money.
Phishing – a common type of cybersecurity threat wherein the attacker will disguise as some reputable source. He or she will send a fraudulent email to the victim to obtain credit card or login information.
Now that we have learned the different types of cybersecurity threats, the biggest question is this: how can we keep ourselves safe from them? Knowing that these cybercriminals are highly intellectual individuals, they can’t be stopped by merely installing a cybersecurity anti-virus to a computer. Instead, we need to deploy more stringent security measures. This is where cybersecurity vulnerability assessment comes into the picture.
What is Cybersecurity Vulnerability Assessment?
Cybersecurity vulnerability assessment is the process of determining the susceptibility of computer systems, applications, and network infrastructures. This test is handled by cybersecurity vulnerability assessors.
Conducting a cybersecurity vulnerability assessment aims to expose the weakest security points of a certain network system so that they could be addressed appropriately. This will prevent cyber attackers from invading and stealing confidential information in your system.
Let’s put it this way, cybersecurity vulnerability assessors work as security detective, and as detectives, they have to figure out the whole system and its loopholes. Thus, in order for a cybersecurity vulnerability assessment to be successful, parties involved in a certain network infrastructure should be harmoniously working together.
Cybersecurity Vulnerability Assessment Process
1. Identifying, quantifying, and ranking vulnerabilities present in the system.
2. Explaining the consequences of these vulnerabilities through a hypothetical scenario.
3. Strategizing on how to solve these vulnerabilities.
4. Giving a recommendation to help improve the system’s cybersecurity.
Like a real detective, cybersecurity vulnerability assessors have proper methodologies in solving such cases. These are the following:
1. Black Box Vulnerability Assessment – In this method, assessors will try to get inside the network system from the outside just like real hackers. They have to act like one real hacker for them to find out their possible strategies. In this case, they can access the IP Addresses, external firewall interface, demilitarized zone (DMZ’s) system, and some superficial features except administrator privilege and the organization’s database.
2. White Box Network Vulnerability Assessment – Here, the cybersecurity vulnerability assessors look everything from the inside. They have privileges similar to the administrators such as databases and the entire network servers. They won’t just check for system’s vulnerability. They will also check the machine’s security configuration in the network.
3. Gray Box Network Vulnerability Assessment – During a gray box test, the assessor may know how the system components interact but they don’t have a detailed knowledge about the functions and operations of the internal program. There is a clear distinction between the developer and the tester, reducing the risk of personnel conflicts.
Ultimate Technical Solutions Inc.
Here at UTSI, we offer a comprehensive cyber security vulnerability assessment to analyze your current infrastructure and to locate loopholes in your defenses. Whether you’re looking to strengthen your existing systems or implement extra layers of security, we’re here to assist you in installing, testing, monitoring, and managing your solutions. Contact us today at (504) 215-8256 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.