What is an Automated Vulnerability Assessment?

An automated vulnerability assessment (AVA) is a security service that helps organizations identify and mitigate vulnerabilities in their computer systems.

AVAs help organizations by: 

  • Identifying known vulnerabilities on the organization’s systems;

  • Providing a prioritized list of recommended actions to remediate identified vulnerabilities;

  • Documenting findings and recommendations.

An automated vulnerability assessment (AVA) is a security service that helps organizations identify and mitigate vulnerabilities in their computer systems.AVAs help organizations by:

  • Identifying known vulnerabilities on the organization’s systems;

  • Providing a prioritized list of recommended actions to remediate identified vulnerabilities;

  • Documenting findings and recommendations.

Who should use an AVA? 

Organizations are encouraged to routinely perform AVA scans on all computers and servers, including workstations and networks, in order to find new security vulnerabilities. In this way, organizations increase their risk of attack and remain vigilant against current or emerging threats. 

AVAs are especially useful for IT professionals who maintain many computers or who have deployed software that includes functionality that could expose a computer or server to threats. These scans can also be used by IT professionals in charge of computer safety and security.

Results from an AVA scan can provide critical information that helps you understand the vulnerabilities present on your computer, network, and/or servers. In addition to identifying and reporting vulnerabilities, the AVA report provides recommendations so that they can be remediated as quickly and efficiently as possible.