Today, the business environment is so much technology oriented that most organizations depend on their ability to collaborate, communicate and share information online. These organizations make use of the internet, networks based on cloud computing technology, email and other the web applications, blogs, and social networking sites to keep their workforce mobile. But these technologies also expose businesses and organizations to high risks and liabilities in the form of security breaches, data leaks and cyber attacks.
A wide variety of IT applications are being used in the day-to-day operations in the corporate offices and business houses. With a globalized workforce requiring access to these applications, the organizations need to have a unified security monitoring solution one that would protect the vital information against threats. An integrated IT security compliance management solution, with an end-to-end security monitoring with IT Compliance and Governance risk management can be deployed. Though this integration helps organization in a long way, the management needs to understand the status of the organization’s IT systems and decide the mechanisms to be deployed to meet business requirements.
Implementing vulnerability management can make IT environments more secure as well as improve an organization's IT security compliance. Vulnerability management processes involves policy definition, identify vulnerabilities, prioritizing external threat, internal security and asset classification, eliminating the root causes and maintaining and monitoring for further threats.
Vulnerability scanners are a core technology component of vulnerability management.
Similar other security tools, vulnerability scanning can help to secure your own network or before they can be hacked by the unethical hacker groups. The goal of running a vulnerability scanner is to identify devices within the organizational IT network that are open to vulnerabilities. The use of different vulnerability scanners helps to accomplish this goal. Though vulnerability scanning refers to the scanning of systems that are connected to the Internet but these can also be used to refer system audits on internal networks.
The vulnerability scanner integrates compliance related information from various sources and matches them against Compliance Signatures. The key features which makes vulnerability manager an useful tool in the cloud computing scenario is its remote vulnerability scanning technique, scheduled audits, ability to map assets and vulnerabilities to regulations, remediation tracking system and provision of dashboards and reports for compliance status across geographical boundaries.