Just how vulnerable are your company's internal and external networks? Hackers have an irritating quality - persistence. They continually work to identify introduced weaknesses and ways to operate undetected within a company's systems. Many businesses fall victim to attacks, simply because they have not consistently ensured their networks are secure over time.
Once an environment's design assessed and security measures have been implemented, regular vulnerability scans provide assurance that systems remain protected and that weaknesses have not since been introduced. A routine check can ensure vulnerabilities are patched, before an attacker can exploit them.
Vulnerability scans form part of a full penetration test, and are a requirement for a number of compliance standards. One difference between a vulnerability scan and a penetration test, is that a penetration test will go a step further and actively attempt to exploit the discovered vulnerabilities.