For an organization to be confident it must have a solid security posture, and for this, regular testing is key. Two types of testing are critical to assessing security posture – penetration testing and vulnerability scans.
In the broadest sense, “Asset Management” means managing the complete life-cycle of every corporate asset, from procurement to safe disposal. Effective Asset Management ensures that every expense fits both corporate goals and security standards, including guidelines and policies related to Vulnerability Management, such as how vulnerabilities are prioritized and resolved.
There’s a buzz in the vulnerability market surrounding solutions to protect against Zero Day vulnerabilities - vulnerabilities that were previously unknown with no vendor patch available. While some may paint a picture of hoards of hackers looking to exploit undiscovered flaws, security teams must ask themselves: is focusing on Zero Day attacks really the best use of enterprise resources?
The number of vulnerabilities uncovered daily has long exceeded what security teams can possibly address. The key to success in vulnerability management no longer lies in patching everything, but rather in making judgment calls and deciding which vulnerabilities to address and which to ignore.
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.