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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Advantages of Vulnerability Scanning

A proactive, non-intrusive method for discovering weaknesses

Abundance of free vulnerability scanning tools i.e. Nessus, HFNetChk, Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)

Disadvantages of Vulnerability Scanning

Can be quite expensive (though tools are available, software and updates can be costly)

Can have adverse effects

Tools can cause a degradation in performance

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System Security Testing

Vulnerability Scanning

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