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Glossary definition: Vulnerability Scanning

Vulnerability Scanning: Securing Your System

Vulnerability scanning is a process of identifying, quantifying, and prioritizing (ranking) the vulnerabilities in a computer system, network, or application. It is an automated process that uses software to scan a system for known weaknesses and security issues. Vulnerability scanning can help organizations identify and address potential security risks before an attacker has the opportunity to exploit them. It is a critical step in the overall security process, as it allows organizations to understand the attack surface of their system, identify potential vulnerabilities, and prioritize their efforts to address them. Vulnerability scanning can also be used to detect unauthorized changes to a system, detect malicious activity, and monitor compliance with security policies. It is an important part of any security program and is often used in conjunction with other security measures, such as penetration testing and risk assessment.