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Ask Why? BeyondSaaS will tell you.

Posted November 20, 2013    Morey Haber

Encouraging team members to “ask why” is a great way to encourage creativity, solve problems, and understand why things are being done, the way they are being done. Changes and best practices for proactive security are a great reason to empower team members with this philosophy. If changes are required, and the team does not understand why something needs to be changed or is at risk, you should encourage them to ask why. Many times, when securing your digital assets on the internet, people forget to ask why something should be patched or configured in order to minimize a risk. A simple port being left open, allowing an ICMP response, or even not securing your web server can lead to an unnecessary and costly risk. Allowing and encouraging teams to ask why is a simple way to make sure these assets are secured and people know why these changes are so important.

As a part of this philosophy, verification of the changes ensures that the question has been answered, the changes were correctly made, and the risk is no longer present or has been properly mitigated. Today, BeyondTrust has a solution to help answer “why”. BeyondSaaS is a new cloud based vulnerability assessment solution for external assets powered by the Retina scan engine. It provides a true zero deployment technology for assessing internet facing assets for vulnerabilities, PCI compliance, and industry leading web application assessments. The results provide comprehensive details as to why a vulnerability is a risk and prescriptive guidance on how to properly remediate the vulnerability.

Lets take a deeper dive into BeyondSaaS and how it can empower users to ask “why”. After your account has been created by a BeyondSaaS administrator, a user chooses whether they want to perform a web application scan or a vulnerability assessment:

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Then, all they need to do is enter targeting addresses or host names, and schedule the scan; it is that simple:

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When the assessment is done, a comprehensive report is available that truly answers “why” I am at risk:

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BeyondSaaS is the next generation of cloud based vulnerability assessment solutions from one the first vulnerability scan engines on the market. It is a modern application that can be managed from almost every web browser, tablet, and smart phone without a dedicated app. It was designed to be effective, affordable, and provides reliable results based on a scan engine trusted by over 10,000 organizations for over 15 years. BeyondTrust believes that protecting your internet facing assets should be as simple as a few mouse clicks and we are confident you will feel the same way. For more information on BeyondSaaS, or to sign up for your free trial, please click here.

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