Vulnerability Testing and Management

Vulnerability testing and management is the practice of proactively finding and fixing potential weaknesses in an organisation’s network security. The basic goal is to apply these fixes before an attacker can use them to cause a cybersecurity breach. With unpatched vulnerabilities being responsible for up to 60% of all data breaches, it’s an investment well worth making.

It is important to note that there is no standardised method of building a vulnerability management capability,  but building a program rather than deploying a tool is a demonstrably better  practice.

The operating backdrop is clear but what is typically stopping organisations from addressing these shortcomings? People and processes are the biggest challenge. That’s not too surprising given the well documented  security industry skills gap. Partnering with a trusted managed services provider to work with experts can act as an extension of the team and is an obvious way of solving the issue.

Business Benefits

  • Providing your customers with assurance: Businesses and consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of data protection.
  • A strong cybersecurity program that includes periodic vulnerability testing can help you stand out from your competitors.
  • A dedicated vulnerability management service is much easier to deploy and manage which helps reduce cost.
  • Aligning business risk with security risk.
  • Assist in driving cybersecurity as a business strategy.
  • Stay atop business impacting cyberattacks or compromises.

A word on vulnerability scanning and penetration testing

These tests differ but are both critical to a comprehensive security strategy. They are powerful tools to monitor and improve an organisation’s network environment but the terms are often wrongly used interchangeably. Vulnerability scans and vulnerability assessments search systems for known vulnerabilities. A penetration test attempts to actively exploit weaknesses in an environment. While a vulnerability scan can be automated, a penetration test requires various levels of expertise and should identify weaknesses in an organisation and reduce the attack surface.

The service is responsive and we know immediately that our issues have been acknowledged and are being addressed. Blue Saffron has injected the degree of professionalism and accountability that was missing in our previous arrangements.

Brad Gambetta | Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

The Blue Saffron Vulnerability assessment

A top performing vulnerability assessment should be a frequent and ongoing exercise and list vulnerabilities prioritised by severity and business criticality.

Our vulnerability assessment  will document these  under the following sections:

  • Executive summary
  • Assessment overview
  • Results
  • Mitigation recommendations

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Let Blue Saffron put your IT Security to the test

As a leading managed IT service provider we have over 10 years of experience working with medium-sized UK businesses. IT security and compliance are critical parts of the services we provide, whether that be in the cloud or on your premises. Through technology, process and people, we are rigorous in managing security risks and ensure a plan is in place to meet your business requirements. We can also guide you through the process to achieve the government’s Cyber Essentials accreditation.


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