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  • Writer's pictureMichael Paulyn

Everything Any Businessperson Needs to Know About Vulnerability Assessment Reports: Part 1

Updated: Oct 21, 2023

When some businesspeople hear the term "vulnerability assessment report," their immediate thought is, "Oh gosh, not something else," and their second thought is, "What is a vulnerability assessment report?"

Vulnerability Reports: A Quick 101

A vulnerability assessment report is a simple document that showcases how a company is potentially vulnerable to a cyberattack. The beauty of a vulnerability assessment is that it's an entirely automatic review process, providing real-time insights. New tech loopholes and flaws always appear; staying informed about changes has never been more critical.

These reports give business owners the power to make informed decisions on protecting their businesses before an attack occurs and it's too late. Once a cyberattack occurs, it can irrevocably cause customers to lose trust, even the most renowned businesses.

Why are Vulnerability Reports Important?

In the 21st-century business world, trust is the most vital of all assets for any organization. A vulnerability assessment report gives peace of mind to stakeholders who work, conduct business, or invest with the company. Below are the four top reasons why these reports are so crucial:

1. Customer Trust

Almost all businesses handle sensitive customer information nowadays, and safeguarding it is paramount. If there's a breach, customers will only partially trust your company again, sometimes forever. This change in trust can kill even the most sterling of reputations in any industry.

2. Stakeholders Need to Know Full Picture

For any business, cybersecurity is becoming more and more of a concern as each year goes by, with no signs of stopping. Stakeholders, such as board members and investors, will likely want to know the firm's risk and how it can be offset. Without valuable insights from a vulnerability assessment report, these issues will continue, and stakeholders may run.

3. There's a Chance of Getting Audited

When in business, it's best to err on caution; always ensure you're ready if your organization could have an audit. Everything comes down to working within the most up-to-date compliance frameworks, following all regulations, and maintaining a high level of security.

4. Renewing Your Cyber Insurance

The insurance extends into cybersecurity, too. It's vital that when you're renewing cyber insurance, everything is up to date with frequent vulnerability assessment reports; this is the central part of the underwriting process. It's a good idea to supply the insurance company with these regular reports to know the organization's risk level when renewing insurance.

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