The process: vulnerability assessment step by step
There are five steps to a good vulnerability assessment that will help you allocate your security resources as efficiently as possible.
You need to start by determining which systems and networks will be assessed (including mobile and cloud), identifying where any sensitive data resides, and which data and systems are most critical. Ensure that everyone involved has the same expectations for what the assessment will provide, and make sure that lines of communication will remain open throughout the process.
Next, actively scan the system or network, either manually or via automated tools, and use threat intelligence and vulnerability databases to identify security flaws and weaknesses and filter out false positives. Particularly with a first assessment, the number of vulnerabilities found can be overwhelming – which is where step three comes in.
A more detailed analysis then follows, providing a clear sense of the causes of the vulnerabilities, their potential impact, and the suggested methods of remediation. Each vulnerability is then ranked or rated based on the data at risk, the severity of the flaw, and the damage that could be caused by a breach of the affected system. The idea is to quantify the threat, giving a clear sense of the level of urgency or risk behind each flaw and its potential impact.
Finally, the vulnerability assessment results in an effort to patch key flaws, whether simply via a product update or through something more involved, from the installation of new security tools to an enhancement of security procedures. The ranking in step three will help prioritize this process, ensuring that the most urgent flaws are handled first. It’s also worth noting that some flaws may have so little impact that they may not be worth the cost and downtime required for remediation.
Vulnerability assessments need to be conducted on a regularly scheduled basis, quarterly at least (ideally monthly or weekly), as any single assessment is only a snapshot of that moment in time. Having those snapshots or reports to refer to over a period of time will also give you a strong sense of how your security posture has developed, for better or for worse. And if major changes are made to your network or systems at any time, an additional vulnerability assessment is advisable.
SECURITY VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT SOFTWARE
Vulnerability assessment software doesn’t always deliver enterprise security. It promises to find flaws in applications so they can be fixed before they can harm the enterprise. But as applications have become increasingly complex and threats have continuously evolved, vulnerability assessment software no longer represents the ideal application security solution. It’s expensive to purchase, install and learn. It must be constantly updated to keep pace with new threats. And if it isn’t highly accurate, developers will be spending more time tracking down dead ends and false positives than actually developing software. And if a vulnerability assessment application doesn’t integrate well with secure application development lifecycles and procurement processes, enterprise productivity and competitiveness will be hurt. That’s why so many companies worldwide looking for a better alternative to a vulnerability assessment tool turn to Dalwax.
Dalwax Delivers a Full Vulnerability Assessment Service
Dalwax’s cloud-based service and systematic approach deliver a simpler and more scalable solution for reducing global application-layer risk across web, mobile and third-party applications. Founded by experts from leading application security companies such as @stake, Guardent, Symantec and Verisign, Dalwax is dedicated to helping organizations develop and purchase secure applications. Dalwax has developed an automated, on-demand application security testing solution. With Dalwax, companies no longer need to buy expensive vulnerability assessment software, train developers and QA personnel on how to use it or spend time and money constantly updating it. Dalwax is offered as an on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform—enterprises simply submit applications through a secure online platform and get highly accurate results. With software security assessment on demand, companies can more easily scale vulnerability scanning to meet the demands of aggressive software development and procurement deadlines—and optimize their security spending at the same time.
Achieve Software Security With More Accurate Assessment and Faster Vulnerability Remediation
While other products require several on-premises tools, Dalwax combines dynamic analysis (for web application security), manual penetration testing and static binary code analysis for a single complete solution. Dalwax’s patented binary analysis—the industry’s first—enables enterprises to search for flaws at the binary level, scanning compiled or “byte” code instead of source code. Applications today are often compiled from multiple sources (third-party components, offshore vendors, open source reusable components, etc.), and source code is often unavailable for review. Yet Dalwax’s binary analysis lets enterprises scan 100 percent of an application, providing a far more accurate evaluation.