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What is vulnerability scanning?

A vulnerability scanning service lets you assess systems or applications for known security flaws and weaknesses. Vulnerability scanning software can quickly provide a good indication of your organisation’s security posture.

By testing for known system vulnerabilities, you can identify assets that are prone to attacks and take measures to patch or remediate the threats.

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Why vulnerability scans are important

A vulnerability scan report can help you identify systems that are at risk of being attacked, giving you time to patch the issues and prevent security breaches.

It is best practice to run regular vulnerability scans to complement your penetration testing schedule. Your organisation can then keep on top of new exploits and defend against hackers on an ongoing basis.

By quickly finding and fixing identified security weaknesses, you can manage your cyber risks more effectively.

Vulnerability scanning in Defense.com

A SaaS vulnerability scanning service is included as standard within all Defense.com™ packages.

Schedule regular scans across multiple assets and quickly identify threats.

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Save time and money

A simple interface lets you quickly schedule regular scans or run a one-off test, freeing up your time.

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Protect your business

Defend against common exploits used by the majority of hackers and identify new weaknesses.

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Achieve compliance

By running regular vulnerability scans you can meet requirements for ISO 27001 and PCI DSS.

The most comprehensive security packages available

Enterprise security shouldn’t have to be expensive, so we include many powerful features as standard.

It’s best practice to run regular vulnerability scans to complement your pen testing schedule. This feature makes it easy for you to schedule regular scans or perform a quick on-demand test.
Live data from penetration tests, VA scans and threat intelligence against your assets, feeds into a central dashboard showing you exactly where your critical risks lie and the severity of each threat.
Without full awareness of your assets, it’s impossible to know the real risks. Your Asset Tracker makes it simple to identify and keep track of all the operating systems and devices used within your business.
Evaluate your external-facing systems for security vulnerabilities with expert testers who work with you to strengthen your security perimeter. Easily track your results and remediations from your Threat Dashboard.
Security analysts search your systems’ logs to provide real-time analysis of security alerts from your network and applications, including Office365. Choose our full managed service for 24/7 proactive protection.
Advanced anti-virus and anti-malware gives you peace of mind that every workstation, server, mailbox and mobile device is protected at all times.
Engaging video training that covers all the essential security topics is combined together with exams to ensure your staff are fully trained and tested. In addition, you can get access to live instructor-led training from fully qualified security experts.
Get a comprehensive audit of your business against the government backed Cyber Essentials scheme. Conducted by expert consultants, you can be confident you have the right technical controls in place.

Support is always on-hand

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Security consultants will be on-hand to help you strategise, set action plans and review policies.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Vulnerability scanning (often referred to as VA scans) is a way to identify known cyber security flaws within systems and applications. Testing assets regularly can help to detect any weaknesses and identify any areas for remediation.

Vulnerability scans are automated processes that scan assets for known security weaknesses. A penetration test is a targeted and in-depth process where a cyber security expert will use their own knowledge and insight to try and compromise systems in an ethical manner.

A penetration test is usually conducted once a year. Since new security threats are found on a regular basis, scheduling vulnerability scans more frequently ensures that systems are protected against emerging threats and vulnerabilities.

There are usually three main stages when using a vulnerability scanning service:

  1. Identify: Determine all host systems or groups of devices that are in scope for scanning and if any are to be excluded.
  2. Scan: Use dedicated vulnerability scanning software to check your assets and infrastructure. You should be able to run one-off tests or schedule regular scans.
  3. Action: Analyse vulnerability scan reports to uncover security flaws, identify areas in need of improvement and take action to remediate any threats.

If you’re looking for a vulnerability scanning service, look no further. You’ll find vulnerability scanning included as standard in all Defense.com™

Industry best practises recommend to carry out vulnerability scans every month, however this could be done on a weekly basis depending on your cyber security or risk policies.

When combined with an annual penetration test, regular vulnerabilities scans can help to identify security threats on an ongoing basis and enable you to take remedial action.

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This service is really useful for small to medium enterprises who don’t have the dedicated internal tech or services that provide the capability.

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