Why Vulnerability Management?
Cybersecurity is in a constant state of flux. Data breaches happen frequently, to the point where it’s no longer a shock to hear that your personal information has been compromised. With the increased scrutiny placed upon managing your potential security risks, it’s more important than ever to create and implement a robust vulnerability management program.
Embedded in the cybersecurity world, we have seen firsthand the damage a single vulnerability can cause and the ease with which some breaches could have been avoided. My team has worked with numerous companies to shore up their defenses and create a mature cybersecurity posture, often starting with vulnerability management.
What Is Effective Vulnerability Management?
Vulnerability management is more than running a vulnerability scanner and remediating the resulting vulnerabilities on an annual basis. A vulnerability management program should be a robust program that includes multiple scans per year, detailed tracking and remediation, vulnerability and root-cause analysis, as well as finite reporting.
Vulnerability scanning should happen on a frequent basis. The frequency at which vulnerability scans are performed is determined by the organization’s risk appetite and any applicable regulatory requirements. However, I recommend at least quarterly scans as part of a robust program. Performing only a single vulnerability scan each year puts companies at risk of not uncovering new vulnerabilities for an extended time period. This period of limbo is all an attacker needs to compromise a network. I’ve seen this happen with clients who just wanted to check the security box to satisfy regulatory requirements. These clients typically have the same vulnerabilities year after year, and as time progresses, so do the number of vulnerabilities discovered.