Vulnerability scanning is a security process that uses specialized software to scan an organization’s network, systems, software, and other assets for potential vulnerabilities that could be exploited by hackers. Vulnerability scanning tools use a database of known flaws and test your security to see if your assets are at risk.
Terms related to Vulnerability Scanning: Vulnerability, vulnerability management, vulnerability assessment, patching, threats, cybersecurity, penetration testing, zero day vulnerability, buffer overflow, backdoor, exploit.
Vulnerability scanning allows a security team to run software that queries various aspects of your IT system to see if it’s vulnerable to hacking. The tool will then produce a list of potential vulnerabilities that you can maintain or patch. Some of the more sophisticated vulnerability scanning tools can even implement the fixes for you.
Vulnerability scanning is important for several reasons:
Vulnerability scanning can be subdivided into different types of scans: