Vulnerability scanning is the process of identifying and assessing vulnerabilities in computer systems, networks, and web applications. It is an important tool for organisations to use in order to protect themselves and their customers from cyber threats.
Vulnerability scanners use automated tools to scan systems and identify vulnerabilities, such as missing patches, weak passwords, and insecure configurations. These tools can scan systems on a regular basis, allowing organisations to identify and address vulnerabilities before they can be exploited by attackers.
There are two main types of vulnerability scanners: network-based scanners and host-based scanners. Network-based scanners scan a network from the outside, looking for vulnerabilities in the systems and devices connected to the network. Host-based scanners, on the other hand, are installed on individual systems and scan them for vulnerabilities.
Vulnerability scanning is an important part of a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy and can help organisations identify and fix vulnerabilities before they are exploited. It is important for organisations to conduct regular vulnerability scans in order to ensure that their systems are as secure as possible.
In addition to using vulnerability scanners, organisations should also implement other security measures, such as firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, and encryption, to further protect their systems and data from cyber threats.
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