Tal Morgenstern

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Why Your Vulnerability Management Processes Isn't Working

Posted by Tal Morgenstern on Mar 21, 2019 7:49:31 AM

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.

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Topics: vulnerability remediation, vulnerabilities

Vulnerability Management Worst Practices

Posted by Tal Morgenstern on Jan 3, 2019 7:09:18 AM

Knowing what NOT to do can sometimes be just as helpful as knowing the right thing to do. Oftentimes, CISOs and Vulnerability Managers have plans and practices in place that can actually be making matters worse by focusing on the wrong things. Let’s review some of these mistakes so you can avoid them in your own organization.

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Topics: vulnerability remediation, vulnerabilities

Vulnerability Remediation: Don't Let the Cure be Worse than the Disease

Posted by Tal Morgenstern on Dec 13, 2018 9:45:06 AM

By now, everybody knows that vulnerabilities that aren't remediated properly could pose a serious threat to the enterprises environment.The data breach experienced by Equifax last year exemplifies the impacts that can occur to a business that fails to remediate. However, we cannot ignore the other side of the coin – when remediation steps ARE applied they can cause significant damage and downtime in their own right.

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Topics: vulnerability remediation

The Staggering Growth in Vulnerability Disclosures, 2010 - 2018

Posted by Tal Morgenstern on Dec 5, 2018 10:11:58 AM

With the end of the year, it’s prime time to reflect on vulnerability trends since the start of the decade.

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Topics: vulnerability remediation, vulnerabilities

Looking Back - Top Vulnerabilities of 2018

Posted by Tal Morgenstern on Nov 15, 2018 9:47:44 AM

However you flip the number of recorded vulnerabilities in a given year, the number is at once humbling and noteworthy. We know that both actions – remediating all vulnerabilities and prioritizing a high-severity security flaw in a little-used, low-value system over a medium-severity security hole in a mission-critical system – leave your company’s most important assets exposed.

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Topics: vulnerability remediation, vulnerabilities

Vulnerability Intelligence – What, Where and How?

Posted by Tal Morgenstern on Oct 25, 2018 7:36:30 AM

A key part of any risk assessment framework, vulnerability intelligence enables organizations to consider the broader picture when assessing a given vulnerability or set of vulnerabilities. Vulnerability intelligence providers consolidate data from multiple sources – both external and internal – and then offer a contextualized assessment of organizational risk. This can drastically tip the scales in your favor when facing mitigation or remediation.

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Topics: vulnerability remediation, vulnerabilities

Three Best Practices for Patch Tuesday

Posted by Tal Morgenstern on Sep 26, 2018 9:20:58 AM

 

The 15th anniversary of Patch Tuesday is coming up, and now is a good time to rethink how we approach patching as a whole, and how we prepare for Patch Tuesday specifically.

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Topics: Patching

Putting Meltdown and Spectre in Perspective, Six Months Later

Posted by Tal Morgenstern on Aug 14, 2018 9:19:49 AM

 

For several months in early 2018, you could not open a browser without seeing news about Spectre and Meltdown – the variants of a vulnerability built in to just about every computer chip on the planet. Discovered in late 2017 by researcher Michael Schwarz at Graz University of Technology in Austria, Spectre and Meltdown actually comprise three vulnerabilities (CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2017-5753 and CVE-2017-5754).

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Topics: vulnerability remediation, Meltdown and Spectre

How to Start the Transition from Risk Management to Vulnerability Remediation

Posted by Tal Morgenstern on Jul 24, 2018 6:37:36 AM

Just five years ago, the vulnerability landscape looked markedly different. There were fewer vulnerabilities to patch and risk was far lower - since most systems were still on-premise and the overall cyber-threat climate was calmer.

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Topics: vulnerability remediation

Your Vulnerability Management Processes are Broken

Posted by Tal Morgenstern on Jun 28, 2018 7:38:40 AM

 

There’s no other way to state it: Existing vulnerability management processes are broken. Current vulnerability management paradigms are not keeping up with threats. Attacks similar to WannaCry and Petya, which exploited the Eternal Blue vulnerability, could happen again at any time.

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Topics: vulnerability remediation