Vulnerability Assessment and Network Security

Written by Vlad Sharoiko

Dicar Networks 97 East Brokaw Road Suite #230 San Jose, CA 95112


Network security is a dynamic process because ofrepparttar new threats and vulnerabilities that are uncovered every day. Your software may be secure today, butrepparttar 143730 intense pace of upgrades will continue to createrepparttar 143731 openings for new issues to arise. According to statistics released byrepparttar 143732 CERT Coordination Center, more than 300 vulnerabilities are reported every month. The process of discovering them, determiningrepparttar 143733 potential security risk, and recommending fixes is called a Vulnerability Assessment.

A Network Vulnerability Assessment can:

Identify any potential security breaches a hacker could exploit

Analyze discovered vulnerabilities existing inrepparttar 143734 network

Provide a detailed explanation ofrepparttar 143735 recommended fix for each threat

Despiterepparttar 143736 fact that most security measures are put in place to protect a network fromrepparttar 143737 malicious outside world, many intrusion attempts are now happening from insiderepparttar 143738 organization. Withrepparttar 143739 proliferation of laptops and handhelds,repparttar 143740 possibility of an internal intrusion has greatly increased. For this reason, a complete assessment should be done with scanners located inside and outsiderepparttar 143741 network to determine if potential issues exist in either place.

In addition,repparttar 143742 reports generated should be structured for 2 levels of review. The Executive Report should represent a high level overview ofrepparttar 143743 number of vulnerabilities detected, whilerepparttar 143744 IT Department should receive a highly detailed report containing descriptions of each vulnerability and explanations ofrepparttar 143745 fixes recommended for each one.

The key features of a Vulnerability Assessment are:

Automated scanning of internal and external network devices Scan schedules customized to times of least activity onrepparttar 143746 network Full SSL support to scan SSLized services such as https, smtps, & imaps  Smart service recognition to detect services moved to non-standard ports Non-destructive scanning to avoid interruption of normal network activity Complete reporting designed for 2 levels of review

A Vulnerability Assessment should be performed on a monthly or quarterly basis, depending on network size and usage. New vulnerabilities are discovered every day, including ones that can provide back door access through desktops or laptops already connected torepparttar 143747 network. Even a configuration change or faulty upgrade can introduce an opportunity for breach that was not available a week ago. Testing and review on a regular basis can help discover potential issues and reducerepparttar 143748 possible damage that can be done torepparttar 143749 network, and in turn,repparttar 143750 productivity ofrepparttar 143751 organization.

How the "Firefox: How to..." Manual helped me

Written by Garret Belisle

Hello everyone,

Today's post is "completely" off topic :-)...however....seeing as I do that every now and then to keep things interesting, here it is:

A few months back I really got sick of my computer always being slow and having system errors. So I started doing a bit of research and heard of a new browser called "Firefox".

After a few months of going through it I started to see a huge difference in my computers performance and as a result in my own productivity online and off. This was a direct result of usingrepparttar Firefox browser. So I then started to learnrepparttar 143729 features that came with it and I realized that this browser had A LOT more features than I had ever seen or used on any other browser. As I started to mention this to my co-workers and friends and family they all got interested inrepparttar 143730 browser and decided to install it on their own systems.

Thats whenrepparttar 143731 questions started.

It didn't matter where I went, I ran into someone who had a question or questions on "How do I do this?" or "How do I do that?" Realizing that I was never going to get any work done I sat down with my programmer and we decided to hitrepparttar 143732 challenge head on and "Firefox: How to..." was born.

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