The technology infrastructure used every day is a familiar part of your business. You know where your applications are, your data, and how to access the internet and send email through it. Your view of the network, then, is from the inside out. But how would a potential hacker see your network? It’s a question worth asking.
Most businesses have edge devices on their network, such as a firewall, and routers to prevent intrusion into the network. Unfortunately, installation of edge devices is often considered a “set and forget” action. Leaving your devices to manage themselves is a dangerous gamble.
Rapid technological changes are all around us, so why would your firewall be exempt from this reality? As cyber-criminals develop new tactics and tools, it is vital to ensure your network’s protection can keep pace. You can check this with a scan of your network.
Here are some of the things a perimeter scan will look at:
- Operating Systems and patch levels of edge devices (routers, firewalls)
- SSL Certificate vulnerabilities
- O/S and settings of any devices accessible from outside the network
This scan uncovers devices with out-of-date operating systems or missing important updates. These updates contain necessary protocols to ensure the perimeter device is protected against vulnerabilities uncovered or exploited since the device was installed.
The scan shows industry best practices followed with regards to digital certificates, authentication, and port settings. It’s a good idea to go over the scan report in details with an IT expert to ensure your network is protected.
Clare Computer Solutions routinely conducts vulnerability scans for clients, and we recommend yearly scans at least, or whenever an edge device is installed or updated. The scans are inexpensive and quick, but they can save you a lot of money and worry!
Contact us and we’ll help you discover how your network appears to cyber-criminals on the outside, and help you address any threats in your vulnerability scans.