If you are concerned about the security of your office network system and computers, there are things you can do to diagnose and test them. But when the results conclude your security is vulnerable, determining a solution might require some help. In this blog, I’ll share some vulnerability scanners you use to diagnose and test your network and computer security. To determine a solution to fortify your security, RB’s Computer Service can help. We provide uncomplicated, customizable options, and offer affordable Managed IT Service Agreements.
Scanning Your Computer
A vulnerability scanner is the first step you can take to diagnose your network or computer and they come in a wide range of functions, specifications, and design goals. Some scan to identify weaknesses in a device configuration that can be exploited to gain access to your network (Tim Keary, Comparitech, 6 Best Alternatives to Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer, August 14, 2020, https://www.comparitech.com/net-admin/alternatives-to-microsoft-baseline-security-analyzer/). Other vulnerability scanners check known software loopholes. They attempt to spot potential SQL inject sequences or identify software versions that have known security problems. Detecting and preventing an intrusion in real-time is becoming increasingly important too. RB’s Computer Service for example provides Managed IT Service agreements that include this latter option. We can monitor for you and rapidly respond.
Almost everyone has access to the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) and can use it to run a scan. This free tool examines your Windows and Office settings for potential problems (Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 5 ways to test your computer’s security, June 3rd, 2017, https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/komando/2017/06/02/5-ways-test-your-computers-security/102354032/). However, even if your MBSA scan result looks good, it doesn’t mean you are protected. For instance, this tool is extremely limited, and will only assess the status of Microsoft software. Depending solely on MBSA for vulnerability assessment is like leaving your keys in the door for would-be hackers (Tim Keary, Comparitech, 6 Best Alternatives to Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer, August 14, 2020, https://www.comparitech.com/net-admin/alternatives-to-microsoft-baseline-security-analyzer/).
Some Additional Vulnerability Scanners to Consider
Because MBSA is limited, most businesses utilize tools developed by a variety of developers. Below are recommendations to consider.
1. PRTG Network Monitor. A bundle of network, server, and application monitoring tools that includes system security scanning features. Detect intruders and spot vulnerabilities with real-time system scanning. Download a 30-day free trial.
2. SolarWinds Network Security Tools with Engineer’s Toolset (FREE TRIAL). The SolarWinds Engineer’s Toolset includes a Security Event Manager, a Patch Manager, and a User Device Tracker to help you to tighten system security (Tim Keary, Comparitech, 6 Best Alternatives to Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer, August 14, 2020, https://www.comparitech.com/net-admin/alternatives-to-microsoft-baseline-security-analyzer/).
3. OpenVAS. An open-source, free vulnerability detection system (Giridhara Raam, GB Hackers on Security, 10 Best Vulnerability Scanning Tools For Penetration Testing – 2020, July 6, 2020, https://gbhackers.com/best-vulnerability-scanner/).
4. Nessus. The original version of OpenVAs, this vulnerability scanner is available online or for installation
5. Tripwire. Tripwire IP360 is one of the leading vulnerability management solutions in the market, allowing users to identify everything on their network, including on-premises, cloud, and container assets.
Although downloading a vulnerability scanner and running it might be simple enough for many business owners, knowing how to act on vulnerabilities may not be so simple. Interpreting the vulnerability and implementing a plan to thwart it is one thing, but what if the security risk or breach involves other things like upgrading to a commercial-grade router? What your business needs will vary from business to business. Some will require the absolute maximum amount of information security. Every switch, router, and endpoint in the network will need every possible door closed, even at the expense of some usability. A good example of this is any business that deals with medical, financial information, or runs an e-commerce website (Tim Keary, Comparitech, 6 Best Alternatives to Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer, August 14, 2020, https://www.comparitech.com/net-admin/alternatives-to-microsoft-baseline-security-analyzer/).
RB’s Computer Service can help you scan your network and computers, interpret the data, and implement a plan to protect them. We also offer Managed IT Service Agreements, for about the same price it costs for lunch each month, we can set-up, routinely scan, monitor, and respond to vulnerabilities and hack attempts in real-time. Feel free to contact us via phone or email: 763-441-3884, firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your needs. In addition to vulnerability scans and Managed IT Service Agreements, we sell the best desktop and laptop computers, the best commercial-grade firewall routers, business computers, computer parts, computer monitors and provide computer repair, iPhone and smartphone repair and tablet repairs to customers and clients throughout central Minnesota and St. Cloud.