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    September 28, 2023

    The Importance of Proactive Network Vulnerability Assessment

    With busy schedules and urgent deadlines, it's easy to postpone network security work for more urgent matters. I mean – who cannot relate to this when the organisation's requests already have your day 110% filled?

    However, let's consider an essential question: Who should find the vulnerabilities in your network?

    In an era where cybersecurity threats loom larger every day, business owners cannot afford to ignore the vulnerabilities in their network systems - because they do exist!

    Proactive Vs. Reactive Security

    Simply put, the difference is that of being proactive versus reactive. If your internal team or a specialized security services provider identifies a vulnerability, you can take immediate action to remedy it before any damage occurs. On the other hand, if a hacker finds the vulnerability first, you're in for a world of trouble: data breaches, legal complications, and a tarnished reputation. And – a load of more work for your already full schedule.

    The Cost of Ignorance

    In 2020, the average cost of a data breach was $3.86 million, according to a study by IBM and the Ponemon Institute. When you weigh this against the cost of regular vulnerability scans and penetration tests, it’s clear which is the more economical choice in the long run. Ignorance may be bliss, but in the world of cybersecurity, ignorance is costly.

    Advantages of Professional Vulnerability Scans and Penetration Tests

    While there are numerous software solutions that can run automated vulnerability scans, they can only go so far. A dedicated team specialising in vulnerability scans and penetration testing can:

    • Identify Hidden Vulnerabilities: Automated scans may miss vulnerabilities that require complex logic to uncover.
    • Prioritize Risks: Not all vulnerabilities are equally dangerous. A skilled team can help you prioritise which to address first.
    • Simulate Real-world Attacks: Penetration tests simulate actual attack scenarios, providing a realistic assessment of your system's defenses.

    The Peace of Mind

    A professional vulnerability assessment not only identifies the loopholes but also offers the best remediation steps, providing you with a comprehensive security strategy. You can focus on your core business activities while experts ensure that your network is better protected against threats.

    The Trust Factor

    Customers and stakeholders put their trust in companies that prioritize security. When you can assure them that their data is safe, it goes a long way in building lasting relationships. In a world increasingly concerned about privacy and security, it's a significant advantage to have your network assessed by professionals.


    The business calendar may be full, but it's imperative to make room for cybersecurity measures. You may not think it’s relevant who finds your network vulnerabilities, but when you look at the potential costs and complications involved, the significance becomes strikingly clear. Invest in a comprehensive vulnerability scan and penetration test for your network today; it's the proactive step that could save your business tomorrow.

    Stay one step ahead with secure network systems. Choose proactive, choose secure, choose Nemko


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    Geir Hørthe

    Geir Hørthe is responsible for the Nemko cyber security initiative. He has worked at Nemko for more than 30 years, in the capacity of test services, lab manager of safety, ATEX and medical departments. He has also been Managing Director at the Nemko office in London for two years. After he returned to Norway, he held...

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