Which of the following BEST represents the goal of a vulnerability assessment?
To test how a system reacts to known threats
To reduce the likelihood of exploitation
To determine the system’s security posture
To analyze risk mitigation strategies
A vulnerability scan is the process of scanning the network and/or I.T. infrastructure for threats and
vulnerabilities. The threats and vulnerabilities are then evaluated in a risk assessment and the necessary
actions taken to resolve and vulnerabilities. A vulnerability scan scans for known weaknesses such as missing
patches or security updates.
A vulnerability scan is the automated process of proactively identifying security vulnerabilities of computing
systems in a network in order to determine if and where a system can be exploited and/or threatened. While
public servers are important for communication and data transfer over the Internet, they open the door to
potential security breaches by threat agents, such as malicious hackers.
Vulnerability scanning employs software that seeks out security flaws based on a database of known flaws,
testing systems for the occurrence of these flaws and generating a report of the findings that an individual or anenterprise can use to tighten the network’s security.