What Is IT Infrastructure Vulnerability Scanning?

What Is IT Infrastructure Vulnerability Scanning?

Infrastructure Vulnerability Scanning is an automated process with its main aim to scan for security weaknesses and vulnerabilities within a network, system or application infrastructure.

An IT infrastructure is often defined as every single running node, component or host that an organization or company uses to operate.

Infrastructure Vulnerability Scanning plays a crucial role in safeguarding organizations against cyber threats by identifying and addressing weaknesses in their IT infrastructure. By adopting a proactive approach to security, businesses can better protect their assets, data, and reputation in today's ever-evolving threat landscape.

How Is A Scan Performed?

Nova Security Scanner first maps out any of your hosts within an IP/CIDR range or a scope that you have specified. This phase is also known as the reconnaissance phase and is crucial.

Afterward, the scanner will go out and scan each host individually for the most commonly found weaknesses and security vulnerabilities (including the latest and more actively exploited CVEs, such as Log4J).

Key Advantages Of Infrastructure Vulnerability Scanning:

  1. Proactive Risk Management: By regularly scanning your infrastructure, organizations and companies like yours can proactively identify and mitigate security risks before they are exploited by bad actors.
  2. Compliance Requirements: Many regulatory standards and frameworks mandate regular vulnerability assessments as part of compliance requirements. Conducting these scans helps organizations adhere to industry regulations and avoid penalties.
  3. Cost-Effective Security: Detecting and addressing vulnerabilities early can prevent costly data breaches, downtime, and reputational damage associated with cyber incidents.
  4. Continuous Improvement: Vulnerability scanning is not a one-time activity but rather a continuous process. It enables organizations to continually monitor and improve their security posture as new threats emerge and technologies evolve.

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