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.
Trends in vulnerabilities and threats evolve as the technology landscape changes. The vulnerability landscape has changed tremendously over the last couple of years which has prompted many organizations to question whether their current methodologies for vulnerability management are sustainable moving forward.
With the end of the year, it’s prime time to reflect on vulnerability trends since the start of the decade.
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.
The best way to share information about the risks associated with vulnerabilities is via quantifying these risks – i.e. metrics. The question is, which metrics? In order to communicate a cohesive vulnerability narrative, in this post we’ve grouped some of the more common metrics – with the aim of helping you leverage the most useful ones, and steer clear of those that are not.
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.
While technology companies aim to ensure that their products are watertight, the fact of the matter is that security vulnerabilities are discovered. But how they deal with these discoveries varies considerably.
The question is: should technology vendors keep vulnerabilities quiet or make them known?
The question of remediating every single vulnerability is moot. Given the massive amounts of vulnerabilities being disclosed every month, it’s logistically and organizationally unfeasible. At the enterprise level, even the largest IT team simply can’t handle all the vulnerabilities out there – nor, in truth do they need to.
As a CISO or Security Manager, you understand your organization’s need to remain one step ahead of cybercriminals searching for gaps in your security posture. The market is flooded with solutions for dealing with vulnerabilities and the challenge continues to be understanding the ways to best prioritize and manage the vulnerabilities. But first, to keep your organization safe, it’s imperative that you understand the differences between the three main types of security solutions: vulnerability assessment, vulnerability management, and vulnerability remediation tools.
With proper cyber hygiene, you can control IT processes - rather than being controlled by endless (and unhygienic) vulnerabilities.