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Network Vulnerability Assessment 

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Network Vulnerability Assessment - ScienceSoft

ScienceSoft has been providing network vulnerability assessment services since 2015.

Vulnerability Assessment Services
Network Vulnerability Assessment - ScienceSoft

Network Vulnerability Assessment: Summary

Network vulnerability assessment includes scanning for, detecting, and analyzing security vulnerabilities within a corporate network infrastructure and aims to ensure its resilience to common cybersecurity threats. 

It is required to carry out vulnerability assessment to comply with the majority of regulatory standards (HIPAA, PCI DSS, etc.). Usually, assessment is followed by penetration testing to exploit identified vulnerabilities and define most probable attack scenarios.

The assessment may take from 3-4 days (for a small network) to 2-3 weeks (for midsize and large networks). The process requires a team of a lead security engineer and a security engineer, and its cost starts from $5,000.

ScienceSoft’s security experts help midsize and large companies evaluate network security and unearth present security flaws. We can define the nature and criticality of network vulnerabilities and offer a remediation plan.

Network Vulnerability Assessment Methods

Depending on your testing needs, we apply black box, white box or gray box methods. 

Black box

Scanning for vulnerabilities without any information on a target network. The external network perimeter is a starting point for scanning.

Assessing the network vulnerability ‘from the inside’ (having all the knowledge about the network).

Searching for vulnerabilities in the network, having some information about it (e.g., user login details), but without access to the entire network.

Network Vulnerability Assessment Plan

ScienceSoft plans network vulnerability assessment, according to the complexity and size of your network infrastructure and the type of the targeted environment (production, development, etc.). Below, our security team shares a sample plan for conducting vulnerability assessment.

Step 1. Network vulnerability scan planning and design

Duration: 1-10 days

  • Defining network vulnerability assessment goals (e.g., network segmentation check, malware scanning, preparing for HIPAA compliance audit).
  • Creating a checklist of the network segments and software to be assessed.
  • Selecting a vulnerability scanning tool that can be configured to bypass specific network firewall rules and restrictions.
  • Choosing between an external vulnerability scan (for the part of the network exposed to the internet) and an internal vulnerability scan (for the internal corporate network).
  • Scheduling the vulnerability scan (usually for non-business hours).

Step 2. Configuring the scan

Duration: ~1 day

  • Defining target IPs by specifying hardware or software they belong to.
  • Adding the list of target IP addresses to the vulnerability scanning tool.
  • Scanning the network for open ports and defining port ranges and protocol types (TCP or UDP).
  • Setting up the aggressiveness level of the scan, its duration, and completeness notifications.

Uladzislau Murashka

Penetration Testing Consultant, CEH Uladzislau Murashka shares his experience:

"We typically set up scan aggressiveness at a medium level as a high scan may influence the performance of the entities you scan due to the increased consumption of network resources."

Step 3. Scanning for vulnerabilities

Duration: 1-5 days

  • Scanning the targeted networks and software via manually tuned automated scanning tool.

Step 4. Analysis of the scan results

Duration: 1-3 days

At this stage, we perform manual analysis of the scan findings:

  • To filter out false positives and validating the identified security vulnerabilities.
  • To analyse root causes and potential impact of the found vulnerabilities.

Expert tip: ScienceSoft recommends reaching out for penetration testing to see whether a real-life attacker can exploit the detected vulnerabilities.

Step 5. Reporting the vulnerabilities discovered

Duration: 1-2 days

We draw up the final report on network vulnerability assessment, including:

  • A list of detected vulnerabilities with their description and classification by their severity.
  • Corrective measures for each vulnerability.
  • Vulnerability assessment methodology and tools.

Expert tip: ScienceSoft’s cybersecurity consultants opt for performing network vulnerability assessment quarterly (monthly or weekly in case of strict compliance requirements) and each time after introducing major changes to the network (e.g., adding or removing hardware and software components).

Consider Professional Network Vulnerability Assessment Services

ScienceSoft’s 19-year experience in information security allows us to expertly plan and conduct network vulnerability assessment.

Network vulnerability assessment consulting

  • Choosing optimal vulnerability assessment techniques and tools.
  • Advising on vulnerability prioritization.
  • Drawing up a vulnerability mitigation plan.
  • Recommendations for compliance with industry standards and regulations (HIPAA, PCI DSS, GDPR).
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Network vulnerability assessment outsourcing (one-time or continuous)

  • Network mapping.
  • Vulnerability detection and prioritization.
  • Assessing compliance with industry standards and regulations (HIPAA, PCI DSS, GDPR).
  • Actionable guidance for network vulnerability remediation.
  • A summary of findings for your management and a detailed report for your IT team.
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Why Choose ScienceSoft for Network Vulnerability Assessment

  • In cybersecurity since 2005.
  • An IBM Business Partner in Security Operations & Response since 2003.
  • Leading the list of Top 25 Cyber Security Companies in 2020 by CIO Applications Magazine.
  • 150+ cybersecurity projects in banking, retail, healthcare, manufacturing, public sector, and telecoms.
  • ISO 9001 and ISO 27001-certified to guarantee service quality and customer data security,

Our customers say

We are fully satisfied with our partnership with ScienceSoft. Their engineers detected vulnerabilities in the testing targets and classified them by their severity in line with OWASP TOP 10 threat classification. Also, the team assessed the security level of the testing targets by exploiting vulnerabilities. 

Upon retesting, ScienceSoft delivered a report with overall penetration testing findings, including a list of uncovered vulnerabilities, possible risks, and recommended corrective measures.

Rostyslav-Pavlo Shemeliak, Vice-President, Stobox

Network Vulnerability Assessment: Success Stories by ScienceSoft

IT Infrastructure Security Testing for an Asian Retail Bank

IT Infrastructure Security Testing for an Asian Retail Bank

ScienceSoft tested the security of the bank’s network and digital channels and provided a detailed remediation plan to mitigate the uncovered vulnerabilities.

Network Vulnerability Assessment for a US Mobile Services Provider

Network Vulnerability Assessment for a US Mobile Services Provider

ScienceSoft carried out vulnerability assessment of critical internal infrastructure objects of the Customer’s network, as a preliminary procedure before PCI DSS validation.

Network Penetration Testing for a US Insurance Service Provider

Network Penetration Testing for a US Insurance Service Provider

ScienceSoft's security engineers carried out black box penetration tests of the networks for a US-based insurance service provider.

Network Penetration Testing for a US Law Firm

Network Penetration Testing for a US Law Firm

ScienceSoft conducted network pentesting for a law firm and advised on how to fix multiple existing vulnerabilities to enhance the network security status.

ScienceSoft’s Vulnerability Assessment Team

Lead security engineer

  • Leads the vulnerability assessment team.
  • Mentors security engineers in vulnerability assessment techniques.
  • Develops vulnerability scan schedules.
  • Suggests remediation strategies for discovered security vulnerabilities.

Security engineer

  • Performs comprehensive vulnerability assessments from configuring the scan to reporting scan results.
  • Configures and operates vulnerability assessment tools.
  • Reports on technical and procedural findings of vulnerability tests.
  • Manually validates vulnerability findings for false positives and documents the findings.

One security engineer is enough to tackle vulnerability assessment of a small network (up to 50 IPs).

Vulnerability Assessment Sourcing Models

Benefits of Vulnerability Assessment by ScienceSoft

Precise assessment scoping

We analyze your request and study testing targets to define the optimal testing scope. We aim to save your resources by not going beyond the necessary scope.

Complete view of vulnerabilities

We detect maximum vulnerabilities in your network. We identify the most critical and less significant vulnerabilities, so that you can prioritize remediation activities and wisely allocate resources.

Regulatory compliance (GLBA, HIPAA, PCI DSS, etc.)

We have hands-on experience with major regulatory standards. We will provide you a detailed roadmap to fix security gaps to achieve compliance.

Avoiding financial and reputational losses

Timely detection of network vulnerabilities helps prevent most cyberattacks and avoid workflow disruption, downtime, legal issues and non-compliance fines related to security breaches.

Tools We Employ for Network Vulnerability Assessment

During the vulnerability assessment projects, ScienceSoft’s cybersecurity engineers often use the following tools, as they provide high-quality assessment reports and frequently update their vulnerability databases.

Network Vulnerability Assessment Costs

Network vulnerability assessment costs may range greatly from project to project. Here we highlight essential vulnerability assessment cost factors:

  • The complexity of the network infrastructure.
  • Network size (the number of IPs, applications scanned, etc.).
  • The types and number of assessment goals (e.g., network segmentation check, malware scanning, checking compliance with HIPAA, PCI DSS, GDPR, etc.).
  • Service provision model (one-time or long-term, as long-term relationships with a vendor may reduce subsequent costs).

Note: In case of in-house network vulnerability assessment, additional costs also include vulnerability scanning tool licensing (usually charged as a subscription-based fee).

Here is a sample vulnerability assessment project with $5,000+ cost:

  • Assessment method: black box.
  • Assessment goal: assessing compliance with HIPAA.
  • The number of targeted IPs: up to 200.
About ScienceSoft

About ScienceSoft

ScienceSoft is a global IT consulting and software development company headquartered in McKinney, TX. Since 2003, ScienceSoft provides vulnerability assessment and security testing services to help companies locate and mitigate network vulnerabilities and meet compliance requirements. Being ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 certified, we rely on a mature quality management system and guarantee data security to our customers during cooperation.