Why is it Important to Adopt a Security Vulnerability Management System?

Enterprise Security Magazine | Thursday, November 25, 2021

Security vulnerability management is an essential part of a holistic approach to securing the organization's environment.

Fremont, CA: Anyone working in cybersecurity can say that there is never a shortage of things to keep them busy. An organization's vulnerabilities include the most recent attacks, the amount of notifications, the paucity of security resources, and the buzz about XDR and MDR. However, one aspect of securing an organization's environment should not be overlooked: the value of a robust security vulnerability management system (VMS).

Take a risk-based approach

An effective vulnerability management solution should not be implemented and then forgotten about. Rapid detection, effective remediation planning, and risk reduction are all critical cybersecurity features in the best software-driven vulnerability management solutions. A risk-based vulnerability management approach not only strengthens overall security, but also takes advantage of automation, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, as well as context particular to your company. Vulnerabilities aren't all created equal, especially when it comes to where they show up in your environment.

More important than checking the box

Threat actors continue to rely on exploiting vulnerabilities. In 2020, the US CERT Vulnerability Database recorded 17,447 vulnerabilities, setting a new high for the fourth year in a row. This emphasizes the significance of having a solid vulnerability management strategy in place. Vulnerability management is vital and should be regarded as a pillar of the security foundation when used in conjunction with other security solutions such as XDR, managed detection and response, or security monitoring. Compliance with security requirements such as PCI DSS or ISO 27001 is one of the most compelling reasons to use a vulnerability management plan.

A Well-Traveled Route to Exploitation

Threat actors' methods of attacking corporate data and devices are evolving, but one tried and true method remains popular: exploiting vulnerabilities. Identifying these weak points in your environment, assessing the level of risk, and determining how to protect against exploitation are all crucial aspects of any company's security posture. Vulnerability management is an important aspect of maintaining good security hygiene.

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