From a commercial standpoint, assurance of network security is a business enabler. To protect networks and data from determined attack, you need assurance and understanding of the technical security of the network, along with adherence to security policy and incident response procedures. Denver Technology’s vulnerability scanning service will allow prompt discovery and remediation of security vulnerabilities, resulting in secure business enablement.
Network scanning involves using a port scanner to identify all hosts potentially connected to an organization’s network, the network services operating on those hosts, such as the file transfer protocol (FTP) and hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP), and the specific application running the identified service, such as WU-FTPD, Internet Information Server (IIS) and Apache for the HTTP service. The result of the scan is a comprehensive list of all active hosts and services, printers, switches, and routers operating in the address space scanned by the port-scanning tool, i.e., any device that has a network address or is accessible to any other device.
Vulnerability scanners take the concept of a port scanner to the next level. Like a port scanner, a vulnerability scanner identifies hosts and open ports, but it also provides information on the associated vulnerabilities (as opposed to relying on human interpretation of the results). Most vulnerability scanners also attempt to provide information on mitigating discovered vulnerabilities.