US Signal, a data center services provider, today announced the launch of its vulnerability management as a service (VMaaS) offering. Configured and managed by the company’s security operations center (SOC) team, the VMaaS solution is designed to help IT teams proactively identify, classify, prioritize, and remediate network vulnerabilities.
The VMaaS service comprises a mix of external, internal, and agent-based vulnerability scanners, each corresponding to a need for visibility into a given network or device. The external scanners provide an outside-in view that utilizes internet-based technology to examine internet-connected portions of an IT environment. The internal scanners provide an inside-in look that evaluates which (if any) vulnerabilities exist from inside the network perimeter, should a cybercriminal get inside. Finally, agent-based scanners are deployed to identify vulnerabilities such as open ports or unpatched software on PCs, laptops, and other equipment.
Once an organization has signed up for VMaaS, US Signal’s SOC team installs a selection of vulnerability scanning tools on the IT network and analyzes their findings to either mitigate or remediate vulnerabilities. Businesses can choose the most appropriate mix of scanning tools for their environment and have the option of purchasing a one-time vulnerability management report or subscribing to quarterly, monthly, or weekly updates.
“Historically, many companies have struggled to set up and manage vulnerability scanning tools and to extract meaningful, actionable data from them,” said Trevor Bidle (pictured), CISO of US Signal, in a press statement. “But scanning tools are more important than ever as cybercrime has quadrupled during the COVID-19 pandemic. US Signal’s VMaaS offering provides valuable insight to overburdened IT teams, allowing them to focus on critical vulnerabilities to reduce their risk and limit exposure to threats such as ransomware. It also supports organizations that might not have enough security staff on-site or who wish to apply third-party checks and balances to ensure they are correctly and diligently implementing their security policies. ”
US Signal has three data centers in Michigan—Grand Rapids, Southfield, and Van Buren Township (opened in March)—plus data centers in Oak Brook, Ill., and Indianapolis. Founded in 2001, US Signal offers network, cloud, co-location, data protection, and managed and professional IT services, and is now five years into its MSP partner program.