To assess computers, systems, and networks for weakness in security, some businesses opt for vulnerability testing. This analysis searches your IT for over 50,000 potentialities for attack or intrusion. A vulnerability assessment is conducted manually or by automated IT scans that run on a consistent schedule. System scanning lasts anywhere from several minutes to several hours—the timeframe depends on the findings and complexities of the results.
Once the assessment reveals what has the potential of exploitation or corruption, business owners must identify any false positives, keep a record of the detailed report of the scan, and return a copy to their IT service provider. It’s also the responsibility of business owners to take next steps and invest in services to rectify the vulnerabilities.
To ensure the scan is done properly and the most important vulnerabilities are detected, vulnerability assessments must only be conducted by a peripheral component interconnect or PCI approved scanning vendor (ASV). Depending on the ASV, vulnerability assessments are relatively affordable, at approximately $100 annually, per IP.