UK Vulnerability Assessment & Testing

ConnectDS provide comprehensive vulnerability assessment services for UK businesses as single or ongoing engagements to help organisations understand and manage their cyber security posture by detecting, classifying and mitigating cybersecurity threats and managing associated cyber risks before attackers can exploit them.

ConnectDS perform both network vulnerability scanning and web application vulnerability scanning services with full reporting and management for organisations based on a defined scope that could be a full internal or external network vulnerability assessment or limited to internal facing, or critical assets. Vulnerability auditing is perfectly positioned to measure the effectiveness of your current patch management solutions and the patching of your Microsoft, Mac and Linux operating systems, infrastructure, security and other company applications. ConnectDS work with businesses to enhance their security program with effective services that assist them with understanding their cyber security posture and reducing exposures and cyber security gaps.

The ConnectDS team provide both Internal and external vulnerability assessments of your office and data centre network ranges, our vulnerability scan service will provide your technical team with all live connected systems, this information can be correlated against your companies IT asset register to validate effective documentation and to identify unmanaged and potential rogue devices within the environment. As a vulnerability assessment company we also offer a comprehensive Vulnerability Management services where our security analysts schedule and continuous process and scan for system vulnerabilities.

How are Vulnerability assessments performed?

ConnectDS perform all of our security assessments using a structured and tiered approach using enterprise vuln scanning software solutions. Our external security scanners are cloud hosted and can perform thorough assessment of your external and client facing systems by our team remotely. For internal device assessment ConnectDS perform on-site consulting or install a software agent or hardware sensor that securely connects to our cloud vulnerability scanners and provides internal visibility and the ability for our security analysts to perform assessments on a global scale or on multi national organisations with global office locations swiftly and without extensive time and costs associated with travel and expenditure.

ConnectDS have expert analysts and procure enterprise grade vulnerability assessment tools and software from multiple leading vendors for our assessment engagements. Reduce the costs for your organisation by partnering with ConnectDS to leverage our analyst resources to perform ad-hoc and ongoing vulnerability management services equipped with our licenced vulnerability assessment tooling.

Why have a vulnerability assessment?

Vulnerability assessments deliver an effective approach to identify vulnerabilities and mitigating the impact of a potential cyber threat and to provide your organisation with insights into where it can improve its threat exposure and system and platform hardening.The key benefits of validating your companies infrastructure or web application for vulnerabilities are:

  • Fast automated scans and identification and classification of known security weaknesses through complete security threat scanning
  • Establishing best practice, regular vulnerability management throughout your digital estate
  • Reduced risk of known security vulnerabilities leading to a successful cyber attack and data breaches
  • Proactive process for the identification of system threats and potential impacts
  • Identifying network connected systems
  • Single point of contact for vulnerability program with an experienced cyber security professional
  • Consultation on remediation of identified security issues, broken down into a comprehensive and actionable reporting
  • Service Improvement using proven processes
  • Protect your organisation and gain compliance such as GDPR, PCI, NIST and Cyber Essentials
  • Important aspect of a complete cybersecurity management program (information security) and reduction of likelihood of security attack, events, incidents and breach
  • Prioritisation of critical threats and risk management and mitigation

ConnectDS provide a wide coverage for assurance with our 3 main types of vulnerability assessments requirements, these are:

  • Internal Network Assessment – Vuln assessment of internal devices using specialist assessment software and experienced security professionals to identify issues in your networks and deliver actionable vulnerability analysis insight for your organisational cyber risk management program. The implementation of internal scan agents facilitates remote testing of internal assets without the requirement for physical access or set-up of corporate VPN access; alternatively, on-site security engagements are performed.
  • External Network Assessment – Full network testing of external network systems, applications and infrastructure devices to identify weaknesses that can be leveraged by attackers to gain unauthorised access to your systems. No additional hardware sensors or installation of software by the customer is required for this type of testing.
  • Web Application Assessment – The standard testing service of businesses web applications to identify web threats in-line with the OWASP Top 10 framework, including identification of the following vulnerabilities:
    • Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)
    • SQL injection
    • Blind SQL injection
    • Insecure cryptographic solutions
    • Insecure session monitoring
    • Server configuration issues
    • Incorrect header information
    • CRLF injections
    • Command execution attacks
    • Format string exceptions
    • Unvalidated redirects

If you need an even more in depth analysis of your current cyber-security posture that can help you measure and understand the actual risk to your company, then our web application vulnerability assessment services can be coupled with our thorough network penetration testing or Web Application Penetration Testing services to provide full organisation coverage on an ongoing basis.

ConnectDS’s UK vulnerability testing services are a consultative engagement for small to medium sized businesses and includes a detailed vulnerability assessment report that includes security findings, risk identification, data validation and remediation details in simplified format, all engagements also include a rescan for validation of remediated and known vulnerabilities. All consultation and advice will be provided for remediation of any identified vulnerabilities by one of our expert security professionals.

Frequently Asked Questions About Vulnerability Assessments

Please see below for some common questions on our risk and vulnerability assessment, if you would prefer to speak to someone then give us a call and speak to one of our team in our Surrey or London offices.

A vulnerability assessment is a security assessment that identifies all potential vulnerabilities on a network or computer system but does not manually validate or exploit these findings.
Costs of vulnerability assessments vary depending on the number of IPs that require testing. Please get in contact for more information on this.

Our vulnerability assessments include scanning, manual checks, consultation and concluding vulnerability assessment report. All assessments include formal presentation and consultation with an experienced cyber security professional to assist with the output of the tooling.

Vulnerability assessments are important as they allow your business to identify and remediate potential flaws in your network security that can be leveraged to launch an attack against your business.

A vulnerability scan is used to identify vulnerabilities on a computer system, an assessment includes scoping, reporting, Impact and actionable insight / consultation.

We recommend all organisations to perform vulnerability assessments at least once a year or more frequently depending on your organisations appetite to risk, if your business changes its infrastructure or develops its own applications then thorough review of applications is required to identify security flaws – assessment should be performed at least every time there is a major change to your web applications or network infrastructure.

Unlike an vulnerability scan that leverages automated scanning, penetration testing requires manual testing by skilled security professionals and is used to stimulate a real life cyber attack, exploiting vulnerabilities found.

GDPR does not strictly mandate the need for vulnerability assessments; however, they are vital in maintaining security hygiene, reducing attacks and identifying any unwanted data exposure which could breach GDPR regulations.

Our vulnerability assessments are aligned to a structured process and frameworks Speak to a member of our team of security professionals for a vulnerability assessment tailored to your business.

A vulnerability assessment checklist details the steps required to carry out a comprehensive vulnerability assessment alligning to our documented process and frameworks.

Get a Vulnerability Assessment for your business

Please talk to our friendly team for more information on our external and internal vulnerability assessments. We’re based in Surrey & London and work with businesses all across the UK.

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