Cybersecurity compliance

Achieve security compliance more easily with vulnerability scanning

Cybersecurity compliance is not optional. But technical talent in the sector is a scarce commodity. This can make it difficult and costly to meet regulatory compliance standards.

Vulnerability scanning can ease this process. Even when not directly required by cybersecurity compliance regulations, it can help you fulfill risk assessment criteria. And vulnerability scanning makes the ideal complement to manual penetration testing - by removing critical vulnerabilities. This frees testers to spend time identifying more advanced bugs.

A vulnerability scanner can help you become a harder target for potential hackers. Automated scanning makes it possible to test updates to your web applications as they're made. With data breaches on the increase, and an average cost in the millions of dollars, you might ask if you can afford not to scan.

Vulnerability scanning and compliance in the real world

Vulnerability scanning alone probably won't make you security compliant. But it can certainly help you get there. While there are many different cybersecurity compliance regulations affecting organizations, consider three of the most commonly encountered, and some of the ways that scanning can help:

PCI DSS

PCI DSS affects businesses involved with the processing of card payments worldwide. It's especially important in industries like e-commerce and banking/finance.

PCI DSS Requirement 6.6 means that relevant public-facing web applications must have threats and vulnerabilities addressed on an ongoing basis and must be protected against known attacks. One way of doing this is through the use of an automated vulnerability scanner.

For organizations that develop software governed by PCI DSS, Requirement 6.5 states that applications should be developed "based on secure coding guidelines". It also states that processes should be in place to protect against bugs like SQL injection (6.5.1) and cross-site scripting (6.5.7). A CI/CD-integrated vulnerability scanner can help fulfill much of this section.

HIPAA

HIPAA legislation governs the use, storage, and transmission of US healthcare data. The second section of HIPAA (known officially as Title II, or The Administrative Simplification) sets out a range of standards intended to prevent fraud and abuse in healthcare.

Section 164.308 Part A of HIPAA Title II involves risk analysis. It states that organizations must: "Conduct an accurate and thorough assessment of the potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information held by the covered entity or business associate".

HIPAA is broad in scope, and Section 164 is no exception. But if your organization manages web applications dealing with healthcare data, an automated vulnerability scanner could certainly help you comply with these assessment requirements.

GDPR

If a business operates in the EU, there is a high chance it will be covered by GDPR. This set of data protection regulations covers both the provision of goods and services and the monitoring of resident behavior in the EU. This is applicable across all industries.

GDPR Article 32 sets out requirements for the security of relevant data processing. This includes a requirement for "testing, assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of technical and organizational measures for ensuring the security" of any such processing.

Under GDPR, "data processing" includes any operation performed on personal data. This might involve its collection, storage, use, or any one of a number of other functions. Given that most global businesses operating in the EU will process data in a way covered by this regulation, a vulnerability scanner could be of considerable use in fulfilling Article 32.

Cybersecurity regulations and Burp Suite Enterprise Edition

Burp Suite Enterprise Edition is a leading automated vulnerability scanning platform. It's brought to you by PortSwigger - creator of the world's most widely used pentesting toolkit. Burp Suite Enterprise Edition's complete automation means it's now possible for non-technical users - as well as security professionals - to manage its functionality.

Cybersecurity law is complex, and the onus is generally on the organization to show its compliance. By automatically detecting common vulnerabilities like cross-site scripting and SQL injection, Burp Suite Enterprise Edition can help you achieve this. It's much cheaper to fix a bug than a breach - so early detection and constant vigilance is crucial.

There's no substitute for manual penetration testing. But vulnerability scanning can help to improve the value you get from such tests. If you're looking for an automated solution that can give you this, while helping you stay compliant, then Burp Suite Enterprise Edition could be what you're looking for.