With today‘s global marketplace, companies cannot afford to stain their reputation with an equipment vulnerability incident. Business organizations can undergo major financial losses if any incident is encountered due to unpreparedness. The fear of income loss should prompt companies to begin taking proactive measures against vulnerabilities in their infrastructure. The concept of vulnerability assessment is a critical process that should be followed in any organizations as a way to identify, assess and respond to new vulnerabilities before those vulnerabilities become a threat especially if we are talking about equipment vulnerability.
If your business equipment was gone tomorrow can you protect your income stream? Would you be able to replace it in time to maintain income stream?
Well, the answer may depend upon the fact that whether or not you deem a vulnerability assessment important to figure that out.
Equipments fail every now and then, be it because of technical errors or people who are using them. However, if the success of your business is your top most priority, which definitely must be, you cannot sit and blame anything for equipment failure. Equipment vulnerability may put your organization across losing fortunes. Not just that, it brings an ill name through the doors for the business you do.
But what sort of equipment vulnerability we are talking about here: let me put it more clearly for you. If you own a business company for cash washing and all your system is gone dead all of a sudden, who would you blame? What will you do to generate income stream? How much time will it take for you to restore everything?
Certainly the first reaction to such a situation of equipment vulnerability will be panicking. However, if you had got it right since the beginning by conducting vulnerability assessment, you would know that the action plan to pull everything together again and no time will be lost wandering what to do first. That’s the perk that comes along conducting vulnerability assessments.
Equipment Vulnerability: Asset Groups
In business environments there is a common set of devices or equipments that can be broken up into manageable asset groups that must go through vulnerability assessment. These are:
- Workstations consisting of laptops, desktops UMPC and kiosks
- Servers consisting of your Windows
- Network Gear consisting of routers, switches, access points, load balancers video conference units, etc.
- Miscellaneous equipments consisting of network enabled printers, stand alone webcams, facility HVAC controls, shipping equipment, electronic door controls, fire alarms, audio video gear and even medical equipment.
Not just the machines you should bother checking for VULNERABILITY:
Equipments that help you run your company are not just the machines like laptops and cars. Instead, the sites that hold your business acumen and other cyber networking tools are deemed as equipments as well, as they are essential for the growth of your organization. Equipment vulnerability here would be a weak spot in your network that might be exploited by a security threat. Risks are the potential consequences and impacts of unaddressed vulnerabilities. In other words, failing to do Windows Updates on your Web server is vulnerability. Some of the risks associated with that vulnerability include loss of data, hours or days of site downtime and the staff time needed to rebuild a server after it’s been compromised.
The Solution is Vulnerability Assessment:
Vulnerability Assessment is the process of identifying and quantifying vulnerabilities in a system. Vulnerability assessment can be used against many different types of systems such as a home security alarm, the protection of a nuclear power plant or a military outpost. Note that vulnerability assessment is different from risk assessments even though they share some of the same commonalities. Vulnerability Assessment concerns itself with the identification of vulnerabilities, the possibilities of reducing those vulnerabilities and improving the capacity to manage future incidents.
So how does a company initiate a vulnerability assessment project? There are generally a few common steps to vulnerability assessment:
- Create and obtain approval for vulnerability assessment.
- Find and inventory your systems
- Manage the collected information
- Assess the information by risk or vulnerability
- Plan to re-mediate
Use vulnerability scanning tools.
Many tools exist to check the existing security state of your network. These tools check for open ports, unpatched software and other weaknesses. Some of these programs focus on a specific machine, while others can scan your entire network. Microsoft offers one such tool, called the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyze. This tool checks for updates and common configuration errors for Microsoft products. Nmap is another popular, free scanning program.
Assess the risks
The various vulnerabilities on your network represent potential costs, time, money and assets to your library. These costs, along with the chance someone will exploit these vulnerabilities, help determine the level of risk involved. Risk assessment is a combination of both quantifying (the cost of the threat) and qualifying (the odds of the attack). Each organization will have to determine its own tolerance for risk depending on the situation. Risk of losing data is another vulnerability that’s comes along equipment failure. Consider backing up web designs and ensure that the equipments you use are updated every now and then.
Planning the placement of your physical scanner devices to check equipment vulnerability
Geographic barriers, large network segments, firewalls, business unit service level agreements, WAN links and the Internet can all play a role in how you will disperse your scanners. Your primary goal is to place scanners in strategic locations that allow for assessments of your equipment or devices in a reasonable time, without causing traffic issues. In most cases you will not want to scan through firewalls, load balancers or over the Internet.
Consider EQUIPMENT VULNERABILITY today instead of when its too late. With it comes the perks of being able to start again and restore things on time.
Equipment Vulnerability can bring along other adverse consequences besides harmful consequences of a crisis itself. Such a threat calls for any organization to stay prepared for addressing concerns regarding an emergent situation. In order to prevent your company from getting handicapped due to unpreparedness, Crisis Prevention and Restoration for Business offers its services and expertise for devising crisis communication plans to handle communication management. For benefiting from our expertise, contact Crisis prevention and business restoration by calling us at: 415.891.9107 or emailing us at: CPR4BIZ@gmail.com