Vulnerability Scanning

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Identify potential vulnerabilities

Vulnerability scanning plays a vital role in your cybersecurity posture. A vulnerability scan’s purpose is to identify vulnerabilities in your environment based against a database of known common vulnerabilities and standards. They also often check for compliance to popular security baselines such as CIS and STIG. Automated vulnerability scanning narrows down the potential risk of high-value assets and where you should place much of your focus. We often see customers that have not formalized a vulnerability scanning process, leaving them open to attack.

Between the long, complex reports and the likelihood of false positives, operations teams tasked with correcting findings often end up with alarm fatigue, and merely engineer around the tests, or in some cases, ignore them altogether. Either way, the systems are at increased risk of breach.

Many customers view vulnerability scanning as a mere audit cycle check box. Our value comes from our people and their ability to fully examine your vulnerability scanning program, including how this type of passive activity ties in with penetration testing. The result: more effective cybersecurity posture, and with it, lower risk.

We can help your organization take control of your scanning operations by:

  • Helping you with compliance and audit requirements
  • Advising on tool selection
  • Remediating findings
  • Citing findings that need a manual penetration test

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Regulatory Compliance

Even though vulnerability scanning shouldn’t just be a box to check, we know that it is still important to adhere to your regulatory and auditing requirements. If compliance standards drive your vulnerability scanning operations and how your systems should be initially configured, our team is ready to help. We are experienced with numerous regulatory requirements:

  • PCI
  • NIST
  • FedRAMP
  • CCPA
  • ISO

Not only do we provide scanning procedures necessary for you to meet your compliance standards, but we’ll advise on how often you need to scan, what you should be scanning, and where you should focus your efforts on remediation. We are also adept at working with your operations teams, so your scan outputs can be made actionable.

Tool Selection and Implementation

Are you using the best tool for your requirement? Is it properly configured? Does it have blind spots? Is your process set up to prevent loopholes? When it comes to tool selection, we can help ensure:

  • You’re using the right tools for scanning
  • Your scanning tools are reaching your desired scope
  • Your scanning tools are up to date on the latest CVEs
  • You are effectively tracking findings and ensuring they’re resolved or mitigated
  • You’re capturing required documentation

While vulnerability scanners are a must-have, they still are not “human smart.” MPG ensures you have the right structure, processes, and teams to successfully operate your vulnerability scanning program. In addition to your operations, we’ll equip you with the knowledge needed to make sense of reports and read through the noise.

Scanning Program and Process

There are many advantages to passive vulnerability scanning. While passive scanning might seem like a blanket approach to keeping your systems secure, if done correctly it can help to eliminate alarm fatigue and can actually be an ally to your team. MindPoint Group’s team are trained to analyze these seemingly overwhelming reports and use them to spot areas of concern from your output. We’re able to take those concerns and use them to fine-tune your scanner with necessary best practices for your internal policy and external regulation. We then take that output and pursue the corrective action with the systems own. During the remediation process, our analysts can help your team automate many of the misconfiguration findings, so you can stay secure while safeguarding your team’s time and resources.