Best Practices of Vulnerability Management

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Best Practices of Vulnerability Management

Vulnerability Management systems have quickly become a priority for any kind of information security program that you might have. In fact, a number of compliance and audit frameworks have increasingly made them mandatory in order to work effectively. However, very few people actually realize what these kinds of threat and vulnerability management systems are and what they do, never mind the benefits that come with them.

Because of that, these systems are becoming integral to your digital security. But first, it’s worth taking a look at exactly what a vulnerability management program is before we take a look at its benefits. In short, it’s a system that’s put in place to continually assess and react to any digital threats that your company may have and requires constant oversight. There are four typical processes that take place within this kind of threat management system: discovery, reporting, prioritization, and response.

Discovery & Rediscovery

Discovery is the primary way of finding any threats and vulnerabilities in your network; because of that, it’s essential that your threat management system is allowed to continually discover and rediscover all of the processes in your network. The program will then be able to categorize each of the processes into the likes of configuration, patch state or just plain inventory.

However, one of these categories is vulnerabilities or threats. This will allow the threats to be walled off from the rest of the system and dealt with appropriately. Having said that, though, this wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the process of discovery and rediscovery regularly; after all, a threat or vulnerability can occur at any time so keeping your processes secure is paramount.

Report, Report, Report

There’s no point in discovering a vulnerability if it’s not reported to the appropriate person for them to deal with. Some management programs will deal with the threat themselves, but it’ll still need to be reported; nobody wants their digital programs doing want they want without any accountability after all. Because of that, any high-quality threat management system will be able to report what they’re doing. This feeds into a prioritization matrix that helps businesses to quickly read and understand all of the processes etc. that are occurring. This also provides a way to prioritize tasks and provide risk metrics to everyone involved in the security of the company.

Prioritize

We mentioned a prioritization matrix above and this is key to dealing with any threats or vulnerabilities that your processes may have. Not all threats and vulnerabilities are created equal; because of that, your business will need to prioritize the threats and vulnerabilities that are deemed the most serious and then work your way through this matrix. Threats will normally be ranked by your vulnerability program through a set of predefined characteristics.

Using a vulnerability management system ensures that your digital presence and processes are as protected as possible from any external threats. With those benefits in mind, what’s stopping you from keeping your business as secure as possible? Have some peace of mind by utilizing one as much as possible.

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