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What is a Cyber Vulnerability?

Updated: Aug 8, 2023

What is a cyber vulnerability, and how vulnerable am I? This is a question we often get from customers, and it’s important to know the answer. Cyber vulnerabilities are weaknesses within your network that cyber attackers can exploit in order to gain access to your systems, install malware, steal data, or perform other types of cyber-attacks.

Now, how vulnerable are you? That’s a question answered on a case-by-case basis. CRE companies have thousands of devices spread across their network. If most devices have outdated software, then you may be incredibly vulnerable. However, if you have up-to-date software on your devices, perform regular vulnerability scans, and incorporate mitigation practices in your cyber strategy, you’re probably doing alright. But, let’s take a look into the many different types of cyber vulnerabilities, and the consequences of letting your vulnerabilities go unchecked.

The cyber attacks that can come from vulnerabilities in your network are not to be taken lightly. In 2021, the average data breach cost $4.24 million according to a report by IBM. There are many different types of cyber vulnerabilities, and it’s important to be aware of each type. A vulnerability is any weak spot within your security strategy.

Vulnerabilities can include a missing lock on your company’s front door or server room, outdated firewalls, out of date software, an unlocked laptop, or even an unsecured keycard. Most of these would fall under the category of faulty defenses. Faulty defenses might make your company feel secure while actually exposing your organization to massive cyber threats due to improper implementation.

Poor process management is another common vulnerability, although it’s not a specific thing. Everyone has processes to follow, but when short-cuts are taken to “just get it done”, there is a tendency to leave the process broken, thus potentially leaving a hole your cyber defenses.

Unsecure connections can also lead to massive cyber risks. Securing the circulation of data is the number one way you can prevent vulnerabilities such as open redirect, cross-site scripting, or SQL injection.

If you aren’t sure where to get started with mitigating your cyber risk and identifying vulnerabilities, reach out to us at We have several products and services dedicated to keeping you cybersecure so you can rest easy knowing your data is safe.


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