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OpenVAS, or Open Vulnerability Assessment Scanner, is used to test programs and web applications for vulnerabilities. Gain critical cybersecurity skills as you learn how to use the various features offered by the open-source tool.

What is OpenVAS?

OpenVAS is a vulnerability scanning and assessment software used on computer systems and networks. It allows cybersecurity professionals to scan various types of systems, including Linux, Windows, and Unix. The scanner has a user-friendly interface and is customizable to suit individual developer and analyst needs. To find security threats, OpenVAS uses a database of known vulnerabilities and checks for their presence in the target system. The scan results are delivered in an easy-to-understand format that provides remediation advice to help users address the detected vulnerabilities.Footnote 1

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As you embark on your OpenVAS education, you can learn critical skills needed for jobs in cybersecurity and related software fields. Some of the concepts you may learn in an OpenVAS course include:

  • Running the OpenVAS scanner to find vulnerabilities on websites and other applications exposed to the Internet.

  • Conducting a risk assessment, reporting on findings, remediating identified risks, and scheduling vulnerability scans to meet compliance standards.

  • Operating OpenVAS on Kali Linux and keeping your software development environment secure with regular vulnerability scanning.

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With many businesses operating online, cybersecurity is a top priority for organizations across industries. Individuals who know the basics of how to protect people and businesses from cyber criminals can benefit from adding OpenVAS knowledge to their skill set. Professional roles in which OpenVAS experience can be helpful include:

  • Software quality engineer: Executes software tests to identify and pinpoint software problems and their underlying causes, as well as test system modifications to ensure implementation readiness.Footnote 2 They can use OpenVAS to document all software and application defects and report them to developers.

  • Security control assessor: Conducts thorough assessments of security controls in IT systems. Professionals in this career evaluate management, operational, and technical controls to determine their effectiveness with the goal of enhancing these controls to ensure maximum security.Footnote 3

  • Information security analyst: Protects computer networks and information by identifying vulnerabilities and implementing new security controls. They may do this with OpenVAS reports. Individuals in this role often act as a first-line responder against security breaches and viruses.Footnote 4

  • Cyber instructor: Develops interactive training exercises by using real-world tools and programs like OpenVAS. They may also create training materials suited to a target audience and assess the effectiveness of current training programs.Footnote 5

Depending on the industry and organization you work for, the roles listed above may require you to obtain additional knowledge or credentials. You may want to consider a cybersecurity boot camp to learn the basics of the field at a quicker pace. If you’re interested in learning how to develop secure software, then a coding boot camp could be beneficial to you. Identifying your skill gaps can help you determine the best educational path to meet your goals.

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