With over 1,600 new vulnerabilities reported in the first 100 days of 2019, in addition to the 17,308 reported in 2018, it’s clear that vulnerability remediation is an ongoing necessity. Given the large number of vulnerabilities that are being added to the pool every day, having a strategy to decide which vulnerabilities to patch first is essential for companies of all sizes.
Vulnerability remediation was once considered a straightforward process. Scanning software identified potential vulnerabilities and notified the system administrator, who took over from there. “Vulnerability” was seen as a coding issue, so manually checking and patching code became the standard method of remediation despite being slow and not always effective.
Topics: vulnerability remediation
Enterprises face new security threats daily. In 2017-18 alone, over 30,000 new vulnerabilities were reported. Trying to adapt to this new reality has become a tremendous challenge for security teams everywhere. Handling the influx of these new security threats has become an endless task, requiring manual, time-consuming work.
It’s the question that plagues every CISO: “Have I done enough?”
First, you’ve convinced your partners in the boardroom that vulnerabilities are a serious matter and increased your security budget. Then, you've managed to create a collaborative relationship between IT and security teams, coordinating code scans and implementing patches. But every now and then it’s important to zoom out at make sure you’re not missing the security forest for the vulnerability trees.
The number of known vulnerabilities has exploded in recent years. With enterprises using more software solutions, open-source, cloud, Internet of Things, and more, it’s no wonder the increase in security flaws has skyrocketed.
Everyone knows that CISOs are losing sleep over the dangers that vulnerabilities could potentially cause their businesses, and with good reason. But the problem goes beyond the continuous growth in vulnerabilities.
So, it’s time to patch again. Kind of like getting your flu shots – you know it’s good for you, but nobody likes doing it. Let’s do a quick analysis of the challenges that patching poses to your environment, and some of our recommended coping mechanisms
“If it were easy, everyone would do it.”
With the never-ending headlines of major breaches caused by vulnerabilities, it’s clear that vulnerability management isn’t easy. According to the Ponemon Institute, the average total cost of a breach in 2018 ranged from between 2-7 million dollars, depending on the number of compromised records.
No matter what IT field you work in, staying on top of the latest technologies and trends is a must, especially in cybersecurity. Just as a good security plan requires continuous monitoring, a good CISO needs continuous learning. A top-notch security conference can be the most efficient and effective way for CISOs to stay current while networking with peers.
Security and IT teams are currently fighting a flood of software vulnerabilities. In 2018 alone, a record 16,555 were reported. Of these, thousands affected every cloud-native SaaS or enterprise company. Some of these vulnerabilities were only potentially dangerous, but others affected tens of thousands of customers.