Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and non-profit organisations often face unique challenges when it comes to cyber security. They may not have the same resources as larger organisations, and they may be more vulnerable to targeted attacks.
Vulnerability assessments can be a better option for SMEs and non-profit organisations than penetration tests for a number of reasons.
- Cost: Vulnerability assessments are generally less expensive than penetration tests. This is because vulnerability assessments are less invasive, while penetration tests involve simulating a cyberattack.
- Scope: Vulnerability assessments can be tailored to the specific needs of an organisation. This means that SMEs and non-profit organisations can focus on the areas of their systems that are most at risk.
- Frequency: Vulnerability assessments can be conducted regularly, such as quarterly or annually. This helps to ensure that organisations are constantly identifying and remediating vulnerabilities.
Penetration tests can be a valuable tool for larger organisations with mature cyber security programs. However, they may not be the best option for SMEs and non-profit organisations.
Benefits of Vulnerability Assessments for SMEs and Non-Profit Organisations
Vulnerability assessments can provide a number of benefits for SMEs and non-profit organisations, including:
- Improved security posture: Vulnerability assessments can help organisations to identify and remediate security vulnerabilities in their IT systems. This can help to improve the organisation’s overall security posture and reduce the risk of cyber attacks.
- Reduced risk: By identifying and remediating vulnerabilities, organisations can reduce the risk of a successful cyber attack. This can help to protect the organisation’s data, systems, and reputation.
- Compliance: Many industries have regulations that require organisations to conduct regular vulnerability assessments. By conducting vulnerability assessments, organisations can demonstrate their compliance with these regulations.
Cyber Advance Vulnerability Assessments
Cyber Advance is a service offered by the Cyber and Fraud Centre that helps organisations to improve their cyber security posture. The program includes a variety of services, including vulnerability assessments.
Cyber Advance vulnerability assessments are conducted by experienced ethical hackers. They use a variety of tools and techniques to identify a wide range of vulnerabilities, including:
- Software vulnerabilities
- Hardware vulnerabilities
- Network vulnerabilities
Once the vulnerability assessment is complete, ethical hackers will provide the organisation with a report identifying the vulnerabilities found and recommending remediation actions. The report will also prioritise the vulnerabilities based on their severity and exploitability.
If you are a small or medium-sized enterprise or non-profit organisation, a vulnerability assessment can help you improve your cyber security posture and reduce the risk of cyber attacks.
Download the Cyber Advance brochure to learn more about Cyber Advance vulnerability assessments.