Symantec’s Vulnerability Assessment product helps you be proactive with your cyber defense

An SSL Certificate is a vital component of any cyber security implementation, but the key Word is a component. SSL alone cannot protect your website from the dangers of the internet. SSL can protect your customers’ data and prevent man-in-the-middle attacks and third-party content injection. But unfortunately, there exist a great many more cyber attacks than just those.

Now, you may not think your website is large enough to attract the attention of cybercriminals. You would be wrong. Per Symantec’s 2016 Threat Report, while 90% of corporations have been targeted by cyber criminals, a whopping 71% of small and medium-sized businesses have been targeted as well. And according to the National Cyber Security Alliance, 60% of the SMBs that are victimized by a cyber attack go out of business within six months.

You need to be comprehensive with your cyber security, but one of the problems that many site owners face is they don’t know what areas to address. Where do you go from here? That’s where Symantec’s Vulnerability Assessment comes into play.

What is Vulnerability Assessment?

Symantec’s Vulnerability Assessment product is a phenomenal tool because it allows you to see vulnerabilities that are affecting your website and gives you direction on how to mitigate them. A lot of products in the web security ecosystem are reactive. A cybercriminal attacks your site and they react to it. And that makes sense, the entire concept of defense is largely reactive.

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Vulnerability Assessment allows you to be proactive. Here’s how it works:

  1. Once a week Symantec Vulnerability will do a full scan of your website. It will cover all user-facing web pages, applications, server software and network ports.
  2. Once the scan is complete, the Vulnerability Assessment will provide you with a Vulnerability Analysis, an actionable report that will differentiate between real threats and potential vulnerabilities to help you prioritize your remediation efforts.
  3. Using the data from the report, you can then address the issues with the appropriate measures.
  4. Once you have worked through the threat report, you can rescan your website to ensure all the vulnerabilities have been mitigated.

This saves you time and money. Without Vulnerability Assessment, you are left with two options. You can pay someone to manually comb through your site on a regular basis looking for vulnerabilities and other exploitable areas or you could just wait to get attacked and worry about fixing the vulnerability after it’s already been exposed by someone with malicious intent.

Either way is costly.

Vulnerability Assessment gives you a third option. Instead, you can just set it up, let it do its weekly work and then use its Vulnerability Analysis to guide your IT team. Again, it’s proactive web security.

How Do I Get Vulnerability Assessment?

One of the reasons Symantec enjoys the reputation that it does is because the company provides incredible value with its products. Beyond just getting the product you’re paying for, you also get the benefits of the associating your brand with Symantec – the company’s Norton Secure Seal is the most recognized security seal on the internet and has been proven to boost traffic and conversion rates for sites that use it – plus additional security products that come bundled with it.

That’s right when you buy a Symantec SSL certificate, you’re not just getting an SSL certificate and the right to leverage Symantec’s brand power, you’re also getting some security freebies. Stuff like a Malware scanner and a Vulnerability Assessment.

By itself, Vulnerability Assessment is a product worth hundreds of dollars. It’s valued literally can’t be quantified. And you can buy Vulnerability Assessment on your own if you really want to. But if you buy an SSL certificate from Symantec – and in 2017 you WILL need SSL – the company just GIVES you Vulnerability Assessment. As in, for FREE.

You just can’t beat that.

So, to wrap this up a bit, you already need an SSL certificate to stay secure and competitive. But cyber security is a lot more involved than just SSL. You need to be comprehensive. And Symantec Vulnerability Assessment helps you to do just that by providing actionable Vulnerability Analyses that allow your defenses to be proactive. Best of all it’s free.

That’s just one more reason that Symantec is at the top of the web security industry.

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