If to be forewarned is to be forearmed then it makes sense in terms of defending against Cyber Threats to know exactly where your weaknesses are. As mentioned previously, 90% of exploits are from known vulnerabilities – so it’s a no-brainer for you as the data owner to know just how vulnerable your infrastructure is to a potential breach.

Although operationally efficient, patching your servers and desktops and reviewing your firewall configuration periodically will not stand up to the scrutiny of running a “Vulnerability Scan”. Revealing the number of so-called “Critical”, “High”, “Medium” and “Low” vulnerabilities such a scan identifies where the most pain is so that you can remediate effectively.

In many cases remediation would of course include patching to close up security gaps, however ongoing configuration changes will also be needed to keep up with ever-evolving and newly discovered threats.

According to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2016, 26% of senior management are never given updates on Cyber Security, and only 16% are given updates on a monthly basis. How refreshing would it be for you as the company director to be in that 16% who knows on a monthly basis exactly how vulnerable their environment is?