2017 was an exceptional year for security vulnerabilities. Over 16,000 vulnerabilities were discovered , with 40% of them rated as severe*.
Quite amazing, considering the extensive implementation of firewalls, anti-virus software, Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), and many other systems.
But why is this still the case?
Obviously, there are many reasons. But one fundamental root cause that cannot be ignored, is the focus on reactive methods rather than a proactive activities. A proactive and ongoing scanning, detection and remediation of vulnerabilities – like network configurations, troublesome hardware, and web application bugs – can drastically reduce security risks.
Vulnerability assessment is nothing new. Nevertheless, here are four facts that will help you adopt a proactive approach and treat vulnerability assessment as an essential security solution that can complement and strengthen your organization’s security posture.
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1- Know What You Don’t Know
How feasible is it to ensure that all your network assets are configured properly? That the latest firmware has been installed, or that the latest security patches were updated? Practically impossible. And yet, a single server that is missing a patch can compromise the security of your network.
A vulnerability assessment system can provide you an in-depth view of your organisation’s IT health by pinpointing the weaknesses that need to be fixed/patched, before they get breached.
2- With Security Vulnerabilities, The Only Thing Constant Is Change
Cyber attacks are executed on average every 39 seconds. As if not enough, new attacks are further intensified by frequent network changes that unknowingly open up the door for such attacks. This means, for example, that running a networks scan today, might only have value for 24 hours, since new vulnerabilities and attacks may surface, unknowingly, within days. The unavoidable conclusion is that you must run automated scans on an ongoing basis. Such scans should require minimal efforts from an IT team, which is already overloaded with tasks, and can be performed by a managed service.
3- Data Overload Cannot Compromise Your Security
If running a deep vulnerability scan of your network discovers 1000 vulnerabilities, do you know where to begin? No security team has unlimited resources, and time is always limited.
Look for a vulnerability assessment software solution that can help you focus and prioritize your tasks by grouping and classifying vulnerabilities smartly based on their potential impact on business continuity.
4- What You Do With The Data Is More Important Than The Data Itself
With so much data, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the end goal of vulnerability assessment is action, rather than information. Discovering faults but doing nothing about them has little value towards improving security. To be effective in taking corrective action, you should enforce remediation policies and processes, get automatic remediation recommendations to speed up analysis, and if you lack resources, also use external services offered by MSSPs.
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*The 2017 Q3 Vulnerability Quick View Report, Risk Based Security
About The Author
Yossi is the Director of Security Services, leading product management, product design, and global product strategy for the company’s Vulnerability Assessment SaaS offering. Before joining SecurityDAM, Yossi gained over 15 years of product management and business development experience in the Cyber-Security, Mobile and Web industries. Bringing deep knowledge and hands-on product life cycle, roadmap, and go-to-market strategy -Yossi keeps improving SD’s solutions and technology towards the next step.