Cybersecurity threats and attacks are a real-world problem today with thousands of organizational networks and web facing applications being compromised daily. Attackers exploit loopholes existing in IT infrastructures as well as poorly coded/implemented application solutions to conduct attacks leading to denial of service (DoS), data theft, identity theft, financial frauds, etc. This make it imperative to constantly assess the state of security of organizations’ network environment, associated IT infrastructures and internet facing applications for assurance on their security for business. Some of the reasons we see for carrying out Vulnerability Assessment & Penetration Testing (VAPT) are not limited to the following:
The scope for the VAPT is usually depended on needs of the customer involved, the nature of its business, the industry where it operates and compliance standards within such industry. To be able to perform value adding VAPT, it is important to first gain understanding of the customer business and industry of operation. Doing so will enable one to identify some of the risk prevalent in the customers’ space for proper dimensioning as well as solution to mitigating them. The need for compliance with extant rules and regulations will also help in determining systems, operations and services that will naturally fall in scope of the assessment when considered from risk standpoint. Understanding the customer operating environment will help in determining the scope of the VAPT well enough to be able to provide assurance on the security of the organization operating environment. In general terms, the following will usually be in scope of vulnerability assessment except otherwise stated:
(Cybersecurity consultant, Tech Blogger & Author)
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