Trustwave Rapid Response: CrowdStrike Falcon Outage Update. Learn More

Trustwave Rapid Response: CrowdStrike Falcon Outage Update. Learn More

Services
Capture
Managed Detection & Response

Eliminate active threats with 24/7 threat detection, investigation, and response.

twi-managed-portal-color
Co-Managed SOC (SIEM)

Maximize your SIEM investment, stop alert fatigue, and enhance your team with hybrid security operations support.

twi-briefcase-color-svg
Advisory & Diagnostics

Advance your cybersecurity program and get expert guidance where you need it most.

tw-laptop-data
Penetration Testing

Test your physical locations and IT infrastructure to shore up weaknesses before exploitation.

twi-database-color-svg
Database Security

Prevent unauthorized access and exceed compliance requirements.

twi-email-color-svg
Email Security

Stop email threats others miss and secure your organization against the #1 ransomware attack vector.

tw-officer
Digital Forensics & Incident Response

Prepare for the inevitable with 24/7 global breach response in-region and available on-site.

tw-network
Firewall & Technology Management

Mitigate risk of a cyberattack with 24/7 incident and health monitoring and the latest threat intelligence.

Solutions
BY TOPIC
Offensive Security
Solutions to maximize your security ROI
Microsoft Exchange Server Attacks
Stay protected against emerging threats
Rapidly Secure New Environments
Security for rapid response situations
Securing the Cloud
Safely navigate and stay protected
Securing the IoT Landscape
Test, monitor and secure network objects
Why Trustwave
About Us
Awards and Accolades
Trustwave SpiderLabs Team
Trustwave Fusion Security Operations Platform
Trustwave Security Colony
Partners
Technology Alliance Partners
Key alliances who align and support our ecosystem of security offerings
Trustwave PartnerOne Program
Join forces with Trustwave to protect against the most advance cybersecurity threats

Why Vulnerability Scanning is an Offensive Security Program’s Secret Weapon

Knowing what you don’t know is the key to keeping an organization safe and the best method of doing so is with an offensive security approach that includes vulnerability scanning. By being proactive one can identify exploitable weaknesses in your own systems before malicious actors can.

Here's why vulnerability scanning is an essential part of any offensive security solution:

  • Uncover Hidden Entry Points: Vulnerability scanners act like digital archaeologists, uncovering forgotten flaws in your systems - outdated software, misconfigurations, weak passwords. These vulnerabilities can be the perfect entry point for attackers, and a scan helps you find them before they're exploited.
  • Prioritize Your Efforts: Scanners not only detect vulnerabilities, but also categorize them by severity. This allows you to focus your offensive security testing on the most critical weaknesses, those most likely to be used in a real attack.
  • Simulate Real-World Attacks: Many vulnerability scanners can mimic the tactics used by attackers, allowing you to test the effectiveness of your security posture. This helps you identify not just vulnerabilities, but also weaknesses in your overall security strategy.
  • Gain a Hacker's Perspective: By understanding the vulnerabilities attackers target, you can develop a more comprehensive offensive security strategy. Vulnerability scanning gives you a hacker's eye view, helping you identify potential attack vectors and test your defenses against them.
  • Stay Up-to-Date: New vulnerabilities are discovered all the time. Regular vulnerability scans ensure you're aware of the latest threats and can patch your systems accordingly. This ongoing process is vital for maintaining a strong security posture.

Vulnerability scanning is just one piece of the offensive security puzzle, but it's a crucial one. By proactively identifying and exploiting your own weaknesses, you can harden your defenses and stay ahead of attackers.

Additionally, vulnerability scanning can be integrated with other offensive security tools:

  • Penetration Testing: Scans can identify potential targets for penetration testers, allowing for more focused and efficient testing.
  • Social Engineering: Understanding vulnerabilities can help you craft more realistic social engineering attacks to test your security awareness training.

Remember, offensive security is about finding and fixing weaknesses before they're exploited. Vulnerability scanning is a powerful tool that can help you achieve this goal.

Latest Trustwave Blogs

De-Risk Technology Transitions and Save Money with Trustwave

With all the issues happening in cybersecurity technology lately, such as CrowdStrike’s software update that caused massive outages worldwide last week, it behooves all organizations to take a...

Read More

How Cybercriminals Use Breaking News for Phishing Attacks

Trustwave SpiderLabs issued a warning that threat actors may attempt to take advantage of CrowdStrike’s software update that caused widespread outages by using the news as the center of a social...

Read More

Trustwave Response: CrowdStrike Falcon Outage Update

Trustwave is proactively assessing and monitoring our clients who may have been impacted by CrowdStrike’s recently rolled-out update for its Windows users. The critical issue identified with...

Read More