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Inside Network Security Assessment: Guarding Your IT Infrastructure by David Kim, Michael Gregg

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Network Vulnerability Assessment

How does a network vulnerability assessment fit into the risk assessment process previously discussed? The network vulnerability assessment is a tool that looks at the existing security program and analyzes it to see if it meets the organization’s needs. The network vulnerability assessment seeks to answer the following questions:

  • What are the organization’s most important assets?

  • Should more or fewer security countermeasures be implemented to protect them?

  • What is the organization’s true security posture?

  • What would be the effect of a security breach?

Types of Network Vulnerability Assessments

Network vulnerability assessments are also known as vulnerability testing, network evaluations, red-team exercises, penetration ...

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