Network Vulnerability Assessment
As high-profile security breaches continue to dominate the media headlines, an increasing number of businesses are at risk. Security breaches are growing in amount and complexity while malicious hackers are actively developing new and more sophisticated forms of attacks every single day.
The benefits of Network Vulnerability Assessments
Anti-virus software, a firewall, and the assumption that your business is secure, is no longer enough. Modern organizations require an advanced approach to security and due diligence. The resistance to cybersecurity threats needs to be tested and effective defense mechanisms and remediation strategies need to be built. Therefore, businesses need to conduct regular testing of their systems for the following key reasons:
- It exposes your weaknesses before real hackers do;
- It shows which areas of security you need to invest in;
- It provides a clear perspective on your company’s state of security;
- It can save you money by preventing future breaches;
- It will help you to comply with regulations such as GDPR.
What is a Network Vulnerability Assessment
A Network Vulnerability Assessment (or NVA) is aimed at highlighting security weaknesses in your network infrastructure and devices connected to the network. These devices consist among others of:
- Computer devices such as servers, workstations and laptops;
- Infrastructure devices such as routers, switches and firewalls;
- IoT (‘Internet of things’) devices such as VOIP telephones, printers, camera systems, and alarm systems.
A Network Vulnerability Assessment offers organizations a clearer understanding of their network environment and provides information on the security flaws in their network. The primary goal of a Network Vulnerability Assessment is to reduce the likelihood of cybercriminals finding weaknesses in your network and exploiting them, resulting in DDOS attacks, fraud or sensitive data theft.
The tasks of a Network Vulnerability Assessment are the following:
- Identifying, quantifying and ranking of vulnerabilities found in the network infrastructure, and connected devices.
- Explaining the consequences of a hypothetical scenario of the discovered security weaknesses.
- Developing a strategy to fix the discovered threats.
- Providing recommendations to improve a company’s security position and help eliminate security risks.
Our Network Vulnerability Assessment is performed both manually and with the use of automated scanning tools. The results list the vulnerabilities, prioritized by their severity.
Network Vulnerability Assessment methodology
Crowe Peak’s Network Vulnerability Assessment is conducted by an appropriate method. We always propose the Network Vulnerability Assessment to be conducted according to the “white box” methodology. This methodology means that we look at the network ‘from the inside,’ having all the privileges of the network authorized users. This will enable us to see the entire network with all its connected devices. The aim of the “white box” approach is not just to scan the network for vulnerabilities, but also check the security of the configuration of the devices inside the network.
The Network Vulnerability Assessment consists of the following activities performed by Crowe Peak:
Upon client approval of performing a Network Vulnerability Assessment we always request our clients to submit a duly signed liability waiver. The waiver must be signed by an authorized representative of the client and states that Crowe Peak (the firm performing the NVA) cannot be held responsible for the consequences of items such as:
- Damage to systems;
- Unintentional denial-of-service conditions;
- Data corruption;
- System unavailability;
- Loss of business income.
Results of the Network Vulnerability Assessment
The results of the Network Vulnerability Assessment consist of two reports:
- A management summary including our findings, risks and recommendations in a non-technical description, as well as an “overall” interpretation of the current security level of the network tested; and
- An extensive technical report including the detailed findings, risks and recommendations.
Our report is very concrete and allows you to address identified vulnerabilities in a targeted manner. This allows the security level of your network to be improved by means of clear actions, based on set priorities.
To find out more about our cybersecurity services please feel free to contact our IT security experts.