This paper examines the importance of vulnerability assessment and the common myths surrounding security protection. Today’s network environments are dynamic, requiring a multitude of defense measures to effectively prevent attacks and efficiently mitigate vulnerabilities across the entire enterprise. Organizations must not only be aware of threats, but also the impact of those threats on their infrastructure. Security administrators require a solution that can put them in a position to rapidly and effectively respond. Vulnerability assessment solutions, like Retina give customers the visibility and controls necessary to reduce their IT security risks, stay ahead of the attacks and simplify their compliance reporting.