Security Scanning is not Risk Analysis

Tuesday, 16 July 2002, 2:18 AM EST

A good security vulnerability assessment service will deliver a comprehensive report that includes detailed information about what exploits and possible threats your systems and networks are vulnerable to, and will rank these exploits and threats according to their risk levels. It should also include information about the exploits and threats, specifically naming them and describing how they work, and also provide recommendations for mitigating actions.

A risk analysis, in the classical sense, is a process that an organization goes through to determine their risk exposure. Risk is the possibility that damage could happen to a business or organization. The goal of a risk analysis is to determine the probability of potential risks, in order to integrate financial objectives with security objectives.

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