Four ways vulnerability scanning supports your cyber security strategy

Did you know that in 2022, 39% of UK businesses suffered a cybersecurity attack with phishing attempts the most common, and others ranging from ransomware attacks, malware or a denial of service?  

The average estimated cost of all UK cyber attacks in the last 12 months of £4,200. Considering only medium and large businesses; the figure rises to £19,400. We know of course that the cost is not only financial but can impact reputation, productivity, and may even have legal consequences.  

Against this growing and ever-more sophisticated threat landscape, it has never been more important to prioritise your cyber security strategy and protect your business from potential exploitation.  

One way to achieve this is through vulnerability scanning, an automated process which identifies those weaknesses in your IT infrastructure across hardware, software, and networks and allows you to take the necessary steps to mitigate risk and improve your security posture. 

Four benefits of Vulnerability Scanning

A core component of a robust IT security strategy, proactive and regular vulnerability scanning inside and outside of a business brings with it far-reaching benefits in its identification of weaknesses and flaws: 

Improved security posture: Businesses can improve their security posture and help prevent data breaches and other cybersecurity incidents by discovering previously unidentified vulnerabilities and taking steps to mitigate exposure and risk.  

Compliance with industry standards: Many industries have specific cybersecurity 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, save a costly outlay, and prevent long-term reputational damage. 

Cost savings: Implementing vulnerability scanning can be a cost-effective way to improve cybersecurity as you can focus resources on mitigating the most identifiable critical risks. 

Three steps to implementing Vulnerability Scanning

When it comes to vulnerability scanning there is a broad range of options 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 vulnerability scanning services available, it is important to choose the right one for your business. Consider how frequently you need to scan your infrastructure whether it’s to adhere to compliance/industry standards or as part of your risk/cyber security analysis.  

Develop a vulnerability management plan: Once you identify vulnerabilities develop a plan to mitigate these risks. This may include patching software, updating hardware, or implementing additional security measures, along with 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 cybersecurity incident or breach take place, what steps should you and your key stakeholders take to mitigate the incident(s) and limit the potential damage/effects? Assess your infrastructure and speak to technology and service providers regarding department-specific incident response plans. 

Discover a Managed Vulnerability Scanning service for you business

Prioritise your cyber security efforts with a managed professional vulnerability scanning service.  

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.