Security professionals Rootshell Security spoke today on vulnerability management systems, what they are, and why you should use them. The post begins by describing how a vulnerability management programme comprises the activities and processes necessary to remediate vulnerabilities in an organisation’s network.
The essay goes on to say that a vulnerability management programme should offer IT security teams with a framework for keeping total visibility and control of their company’s security posture, so that concerns may be resolved as quickly and efficiently as possible. Finally, the purpose of a vulnerability management plan is to decrease risk and lower an organisation’s attack surface.
A vulnerability management program should start with the discovery of security issues, and conclude with validating whether remediation has been successful, before repeating continuously. Rootshell Security explains the process that should be followed:
Discovery phase: Identify threats and vulnerabilities within an organisation’s network by carrying out regular penetration tests and vulnerability scans.
Consolidation phase: Centralise any threat and vulnerability assessment results in one place. Vulnerability management systems can make this process effortless.
Assessment phase: Analyse any security issues in line with cyber threat intelligence, such as exploit databases, to establish their severity, the likelihood that they will be exploited, and the impact they could have on an organisation.
Prioritisation phase: Assign severity scores to assets in line with analysis and other factors, such as resource availability.
Remediation phase: Carry out threat and vulnerability management programs to resolve vulnerabilities in line within an organisation’s priorities.
Re-assessment phase: Verify whether any remediation efforts have been successful. Ultimately, the threat and vulnerability management remediation process should reduce business risk.
Visualisation and improvement phase: Continuously improve vulnerability management strategy; resolve any bottlenecks, and ensure compliance with an organisation’s service level agreements. For example, could an organisation reduce their time-to-remediate (TTR)?
Rootshell Security’s vendor-agnostic Prism Platform can do all of this for an organisation, and helps organisations implement a modern vulnerability management program. Its powerful suite of features helps improve remediation from start to finish. To find out more, see the following URL: https://www.rootshellsecurity.net/
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