With network vulnerability assessment, you can find the weak spots in your critical assets and take corrective action before attackers exploit them to sabotage your business or steal your confidental data.
Constant application updates and changes to application and system configurations can introduce vulnerabilities and leave you susceptible to an attack, even if you are keeping your security controls up to date. To keep your data secure, you must continuously scan your systems and devices to detect vulnerabilities as they arise.
Once detected, you must assess the potential threat of those vulnerabilities and prioritize your remediation activities to deal with the greatest threats first. This is no small task, as you must consider multiple factors:
AlienVault® Unified Security Management® (USM) provides all this information in a single pane of glass, so you can easily perform network vulnerability assessment in your cloud, on-premises, and hybrid environments. It brings together essential security capabilities—asset discovery and inventory, vulnerability assessment, intrusion detection, behavioral monitoring, SIEM, and log management—all in a unified, easy-to-use platform. In addition, continuous threat intelligence, including vulnerability signatures, is delivered directly from AlienVault Labs Security Research Team, backed by the AlienVault Open Threat Exchange® (OTX™).
Effective network vulnerability assessment demands that you continuously scan and monitor your critical assets. For example, virtualization has simplified the process to spin up new assets in public and private cloud environments, and so it’s easier to miss assets that are offline during monthly or quarterly vulnerability scans. If not regularly assessed for vulnerabilities, these assets can drive up your threat exposure and leave you vulnerable to attacks.
AlienVault USM makes continuous network vulnerability assessment a simple yet flexible process. Because the USM platform includes asset discovery and inventory, you always have the most accurate, up-to-date asset inventory against which AlienVault USM can run vulnerability scans.
AlienVault USM supports the following network vulnerability scanning capabilities:
Create scans that run daily, weekly, or monthly during your off-peak hours. Automated scanning ensures continuous visibility of your vulnerabilities as your IT landscape changes. You can also re-run scans, modify scanning schedules, or even delete jobs – all from within the AlienVault USM user interface.
Authenticated scans perform vulnerability assessment by using host credentials to investigate your assets, looking for vulnerable software packages, local processes, and services running on the system. For example, with Windows servers, you can monitor registry keys and files, looking for traces of infiltration.
While standalone vulnerability assessment software scans and detects vulnerabilities, it does not give you all the information you need to efficiently prioritize your response. To assess whether a vulnerability requires urgent action or not, you need to know:
To help you answer these questions, and more, the USM platform delivers information on discovered vulnerabilities, how they affect your environment, and more to help you prioritize and accelerate your response. AlienVault USM incorporates essential security capabilities – asset discovery, vulnerability assessment, intrusion detection, behavioral monitoring, SIEM event correlation, and log management – to help you understand your security posture and risk.
AlienVault USM presents the vulnerabilities discovered alongside the software, services, and more of the affected assets. An interactive dashboard shows your most vulnerable assets, vulnerabilities by asset group, a view into the mix of vulnerabilities by their severity (high, medium, and low).
The USM platform provides details on the history of a vulnerability against each asset, helping identify when the asset first became available, and if an action re-introduced the vulnerability. In addition, information on available patches is provided, saving you from having to research the fixes needed to remediate the risk.
For every vulnerability discovered by AlienVault USM, you can drill down to see affected assets, related vulnerabilities, events, and much more from a single consolidated view.