Did you know that in 2022, 39% of UK businesses suffered a cyber security attack? Phishing attempts are the most common and others ranging from ransomware attacks, malware or a denial of service. Against this growing and increasingly sophisticated threat landscape, prioritising your cyber security strategy and protecting your business from potential exploitation has never been more critical.
The average estimated cost of all UK cyber attacks in the last 12 months was £4,200. Considering only medium and large businesses, the figure rises to £19,400. The cost is not only financial but can impact reputation and productivity and may even have legal consequences.
One way to boost your cyber security strategy is through vulnerability scanning. An automated process that identifies your IT infrastructure’s weaknesses across hardware, software, and networks. This allows you to take the necessary steps to mitigate risk and improve your security posture.
Four benefits of Vulnerability Scanning
Vulnerability scanning is a core component of a robust cyber security strategy. Proactive and regular scanning inside and outside of a business brings with it far-reaching benefits in identifying weaknesses and flaws:
Improved security posture: Businesses can enhance their cyber security strategy and help prevent data breaches and other cyber security incidents by discovering unidentified vulnerabilities and taking steps to mitigate exposure and risk.
Compliance with industry standards: Many industries have specific cyber security requirements to adhere to, especially if they process personal data. Ensure you are meeting your obligations and staying compliant with effective vulnerability scanning.
Reduced risk of data breaches: By identifying and mitigating vulnerabilities, you can reduce the risk of a data breach. Saving a costly outlay, and preventing long-term reputational damage.
Cost savings: Implementing vulnerability scanning can be a cost-effective way to improve your cyber security strategy. You can focus resources on mitigating the most identifiable critical risks.
Three steps to implementing Vulnerability Scanning
When it comes to vulnerability scanning, a broad range of options are available depending on the size of your business. It is important, therefore, that you look at the following to ensure the most successful outcome:
Choose the right vulnerability scanning service: With so many scanning services available, it is important to choose the right one for your business. Consider how frequently you need to scan your infrastructure. Whether to adhere to compliance/industry standards or as part of your risk analysis/cyber security strategy.
Develop a vulnerability management plan: Once you identify vulnerabilities, develop a plan to mitigate these risks. This may include patching software, updating hardware, implementing additional security measures, and assigning roles and responsibilities to key stakeholders. Consider the knowledge, capabilities, and time needed to resolve and prioritise high-risk and urgent internal vulnerabilities or look to outsource to an MSSP.
Create an incident response plan: Should a cyber security incident or breach occur, what steps should you and your key stakeholders take to mitigate the incident(s) and limit the potential damage/effects? Assess your infrastructure and discuss department-specific incident response plans with technology and service providers.
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Take the first step and discover how the team at Brightsolid can help identify and mitigate vulnerabilities in your IT infrastructure, improve your overall security posture, and reduce your risk of data breaches. You can start the conversation here by filling in a form or booking a call.