By: Karen Ting on January 25th, 2023
What is a Security Vulnerability (And How to Prevent It) [Video]
Every business suffers from a security vulnerability that could put its operations at risk. Do you know what your company's security vulnerability is? We’ll break it down in this video.
0:43 What is a Security Vulnerability?
A security vulnerability refers to any weakness or error that can be exploited by cybercriminals to gain unauthorized access to your computer system. In other words, it could be anything that increases your risk for an attack, whether it's on your hardware, software, or even your physical office space. If a bad actor can use it to gain access to your data, then that's a security vulnerability.
1:12 What are the Most Common Types of Security Vulnerabilities?
- Unsecured Networks
- Outdated or Unpatched Software
- Human Error
- Poor Organizational Processes
- Unsecured Physical Sites
- Weak Credentials
4:43 What Happens When You Ignore Security Vulnerabilities?
Nothing may happen immediately. However, ignoring a known vulnerability exposed in today's digital landscape is ill-advised. It’s only a matter of time before a hacker finds that chink in your armor and exploits it. It doesn’t matter what size your organization is: your business is a target. Spotting vulnerabilities is critical to ensuring the security of your systems. It helps you identify weak points and develop strategies when you need to respond to an incident.
5:20 How Do You Spot Security Vulnerabilities?
The only way to spot them is by regularly conducting vulnerability assessments and penetration tests, as well as constantly monitoring user activity within your network. You can also use vulnerability databases like the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) list so you can keep tabs on known vulnerabilities to look out for.
Need help finding and addressing security vulnerabilities? Schedule a meeting with one of our experts. ITS offers advanced cybersecurity assessments that can help you spot vulnerabilities within your network. We can help guide you, so you can find the solutions you need.