The Importance of Vulnerability Management
A vulnerability management solution (VM) is vital to the success of your business. It is critical to any enterprise that regularly deploys new software. Discovering and fixing security vulnerabilities is essential to protect critical assets (including your mobile device and virtual machines) as soon as possible. It is less costly and time-consuming to find and initiate remediation efforts before they get into production than to wait for a breach to happen. Moreover, early detection of common vulnerabilities helps prevent a company’s brand from being damaged.
A Vulnerability Management Process will also help organizations detect risks quickly. The longer a security vulnerability is left unpatched, the more likely it is to be exploited by an attacker. It is also essential to use a scanning tool that is up-to-date on the latest risks and does not adversely affect the performance of applications or services on the network. Take a look at this video –
Business Criticality, Processes, and Operations
A VM solution will require the support of multiple stakeholders, and it is important to define roles and responsibilities. Depending on an organization’s size, different separation of duties may be necessary. For example, most companies may benefit from assigning a team of monitors responsible for reviewing software vulnerabilities and documenting the results. The monitors will also report vulnerabilities to resolvers, who will take action to find patches or create mitigation solutions.
Vulnerability scanning tools should be able to prioritize the most high-impact vulnerabilities based on their severity, impact, and urgency. Endpoint management platforms have built-in endpoint protection metrics for evaluating the severity of vulnerabilities. These platforms make it easier for users to select the most relevant ones for a company’s network. In addition, a vulnerability management platform should also be able to identify exploitable vulnerabilities with the highest likelihood of business impact.
A good vulnerability scanner can identify security configuration issues and multiple enterprise application vulnerabilities. It will also detect missing patches, open ports, and listening services. A good vulnerability management tool will perform security vulnerability evaluations, which involve conducting periodic scans to determine the weaknesses in your corporate network.
The Effectiveness of Vulnerability Management
A successful risk-based vulnerability management process must also be able to keep up with the complexity of modern security threats. With continuous monitoring, detection, and asset discovery, a routine vulnerability assessment can keep your IT infrastructure agile and secure and minimize business risk. It can also help prevent a company from incurring significant financial damage from cyber-attacks. According to Harvard Business Review, the average cost of a data breach is $42.4 million – and the damage can be even more significant if a data breach is severe.
Threat Intelligence & Cyber Threats
A risk-based vulnerability management solution is an ongoing, real-time, cyclical process that correlates IT assets against an updated vulnerability and threat intelligence database. These databases identify critical vulnerabilities and potential threats; if any are determined, they are validated and remedied. Vulnerability management also helps an organization respond to urgent threats the fastest way possible.
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