I have very little or no risk signals showing on my scan, why is this?

Created by Charley Downey, Modified on Fri, 22 Mar 2024 at 11:55 AM by Charley Downey

Small SMEs may truly have a few cyber risk issues. For larger organisations, however, there can be several reasons why your scans may not yield results when you expect to. Here are the most common reasons. 


Example 1) Parent company with subsidiaries with their own brands


Some large company websites may just be marketing websites that talk about the different businesses they own. To find out the company’s cyber risk footprint, you would need to investigate the parent company website and find the websites of the subsidiaries that make up the group and scan those websites.


Example 2) Email systems are hosted at a different address from the main website


A company’s website may be different from where the company sends emails. For example, you may know that the company you want to scan is quite large; however, when running a scan on abclawgroup.com, no leaked data records are found. 


In this instance, check the website and look for email contact details on an About Us page or in the footer. You may find their email comes from alanbrowncrawford.com, which is where their email was configured originally.


Example 3) Acquired or merged companies


You may scan the website of a large company and receive a few results if the company has been acquired or merged with another company and a new brand has been created. It can take organisations several years to merge IT infrastructure, investigate if the company had a brand change and ensure you scan both the new company and the old brand.

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