May 31

How to Do it Yourself: Conduct Comprehensive System Scanning

Stay Ahead of Threats with Regular System Vulnerability Scanning

Regularly scanning all systems for vulnerabilities helps you stay ahead of threats. This guide will walk you through conducting comprehensive system scanning, aligning with CIS Control 7.1 (Continuous Vulnerability Management).

Step 1: Choose a Scanning Tool

Select a tool to perform system scans, such as Microsoft Defender for Endpoint or third-party tools like Nessus, Qualys, or Rapid7 for comprehensive scanning.

Step 2: Set Up Regular Scans

Configure the tool to perform regular scans. Set up daily, weekly, or monthly scans based on your needs and ensure the scanning tool is regularly updated with the latest vulnerability definitions.

To set up regular scans using Microsoft Defender for Endpoint on Windows 11:

  1. Open the Windows Security app by searching for it in the Start menu.
  2. Click on Virus & Threat Protection in the left-hand pane.
  3. Under Virus & Threat Protection Settings, click on Manage Settings.
  4. Scroll down to Periodic scanning and ensure the toggle is switched on.
  5. Click on Customize to set the frequency and type of scans you want to perform.

Step 3: Review Scan Results

Analyze the scan results to identify vulnerabilities. Use the scanning tool to generate detailed reports of vulnerabilities and prioritize them based on their severity and potential impact.

Step 4: Remediate Identified Vulnerabilities

Fix vulnerabilities promptly to reduce risks. Apply patches and updates to address vulnerabilities and adjust system configurations to mitigate identified risks.

Why System Vulnerability Scanning Matters

Regular system scanning helps you identify and address vulnerabilities before they can be exploited, enhancing your overall security posture. By proactively identifying and remediating vulnerabilities, you can significantly reduce the risk of successful cyberattacks on your business.

This step aligns with CIS Control 7.1: Continuous Vulnerability Management, which focuses on identifying and addressing vulnerabilities continuously.

By following these steps, you can conduct effective system scanning and stay ahead of threats. Stay tuned for more tips on managing your business's cybersecurity risk effectively.

For more details on securing your business, check out our CyberGuardian Blueprint.


Cybersecurity, System Scanning, System Security, Vulnerability Management

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