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.