There’s an old adage in business: If you’re not measuring, you’re not managing. These days, information technology (IT) and information security professionals know this all too well, especially when it comes to configuration assessments.

Network performance requires constant monitoring. Cyber threats demand identification and remediation. Systems need to be securely configured upon implementation and then assessed frequently to ensure they stay that way.

Hackers are constantly on the lookout for poorly configured or unsecured systems. The 2020 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) notes that vulnerabilities accounted for nearly 20% of hacking breaches. And, while vulnerabilities are a distant second to credential theft, hackers will try to exploit these weaknesses when found. After all, when one system is left unsecured, it often means that others have been left unsecured as well.

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