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Application and Website Security

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Nessus

Nessus is a system vulnerability scanner, which is able to find vulnerabilities within a system or systems.

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Netsparker 

Netsparker is a web application vulnerability scanner, which is able to find vulnerabilities within web applications.

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Why is application and website security important? 

In order to gain control of computers and other network systems, hackers must first find weaknesses within a system or application. These weaknesses can be as simple as systems and applications not being kept up to date to more complex in nature such as insecure development and coding practices. These weaknesses can potentially allow hackers to gain unauthorized access to the system or application. 

IT Security can use automated scanning tools that can help find and identity these weaknesses (“vulnerabilities”) before a hacker discovers them. 

By finding and correcting weaknesses on your systems you help prevent UCSF and user data from being breached, and the resources required to remediate these breaches.

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