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One of the key aspects of a successful vulnerability management framework is the regular scan for new or unpatched vulnerabilities. Cybersecurity breaches occur because new vulnerabilities are exploited or older ones are still available. The latter gives hackers more chances to carry out their attacks. Management should have a regular operational process in place that evaluates and tests all security patches before they are promoted into production (often performed with a tool called WSUS). Any changes that occur must be formally documented into a ticket system with approvals, justifications, signoffs, and an audit trail. Emergency changes that occur after-hours can be applied but must follow the same process the next business day to ensure that no change occurs without management approval or knowledge.
Keep In Mind
Whether building a vulnerability management program internally or implementing threat and vulnerability management tools, there are several things to keep in mind to ensure a properly designed operational environment:
Inventory Management – taking an inventory of assets verifies that all vulnerabilities in the network have been addressed. Unknown network assets result in unpatched vulnerabilities. Tools should be used to ensure a proper asset management and disposal process in in place.
Patch Management – identifying how networks assets will be patched and communicating whether or not some networks need to be disabled for patch work and fixes to major vulnerabilities. As noted, a ticket system and formal change management process should be formally used consistently.
Vulnerability Scanning Solutions – threat and vulnerability management tools help companies scan for vulnerabilities then log them to be fixed in the future. Best practice is for management to perform internal scans every quarter and for external penetration and vulnerability testing to occur with an independent external provided every 12 months.
Why Choose Risk Cop?
At Risk Cop, we take security and privacy seriously. That's why we have a comprehensive vulnerability management program in place to help mitigate your risks. We use a variety of tools and techniques to identify, assess, and remediate vulnerabilities in our systems and products.
We also work closely with our partners to ensure that their products and services are secure. If you have any concerns about your security or privacy, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help you stay secure and protect your data.
Vulnerability management is the practice of scanning production environment and proactively finding and fixing potential weaknesses in an organization’s network security that could fuel an attack. It is important to businesses of all sizes and across all industries to keep this in mind. When planned right, vulnerability management applies fixes after an assessment is completed, especially for high, high-medium, and Day-Zero identified gaps.