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Vulnerability scanning data

An effective way to find security holes is to examine infrastructure from the attacker’s point of view. Vulnerability scans probe an organization’s network for known software defects that provide entry points for external agents. Systems often keep network services running by default, even when they aren’t required for a particular server. These running, unmonitored services are a common means of external attack, as they may not be patched with the latest OS security updates. In the Common Information Model, vulnerability scanning data is typically mapped to the Vulnerabilities data model.


Broadscale vulnerability scans can reveal security holes that could be leveraged to access an entire enterprise network. They show data about open ports and IP addresses that can be used by malicious agents to gain entry to a particular system or entire network.


When your Splunk deployment is ingesting vulnerability scanning data, you can use it to accomplish security and compliance use cases.


Guidance for onboarding data can be found in the Spunk Documentation, Getting Data In (Splunk Enterprise) or Getting Data In (Splunk Cloud). In addition, these Splunk Add-Ons and Apps are helpful for working with vulnerability scanning data.

Looking for more information on data types? Download the Splunk Essential Guide to Machine Data.

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