Vulnerability Management Program

Staying vigilant with cybersecurity should be a priority. It is crucial to understand the probability of being the victim of a cyberattack.

 

Cyberattacks happen every second. It is important to be prepared, because every second counts during a cyberattack. Your organization’s speed of response to a cyberattack avoids business disruption and damage to your reputation.

 

Vulnerability management will help protect you from cyberattacks. Your organization needs to define a strategy, develop a plan and implement. Then continually assess and improve the plan for a successful process to help prevent an cyberattack. Learn how doing this will allow your organization to define, discover and discuss its weaknesses and risks below.

What is Vulnerability Management?

Vulnerability management involves properly preparing for a cybersecurity risk in your organization’s environment. Vulnerability management is the key to your organization being able to recover quickly and quietly from a cybersecurity attack.

Once vulnerability management is implemented, your organization will better understand its vulnerabilities and be able to begin to mitigate these areas of risk. Learn more about SpearTip’s high-level recommended vulnerability management process below:

  • Perform foot printing to determine your organization’s public presence
  • Interrogate authoritative DNS servers
  • Execute various discovery techniques to identify public facing systems and services
  • Examine point of ingress to identify vulnerable services that could allow unauthorized access
  • Research vulnerabilities discovered and review technical findings and create a remediation plan

Vulnerability Management is a Key Piece of Risk Assessment

 

Vulnerability management is key to overall risk management within your organization. After clearly defining vulnerabilities, it is important that your organization discusses and understands exactly how vulnerable they are to a cybersecurity attack. A full risk assessment must be conducted to better understand your full scope of risk and the process your organization will follow during a cyberattack.

 

SpearTip’s comprehensive cybersecurity risk assessment includes a network vulnerability assessment, an IT security audit, penetration testing, web application security testing, gap analysis, and continuous cyber hunting. This risk assessment will prepare your organization to better prevent a data breach from occurring in your organization’s cyber environment.

Vulnerability Management Process

SpearTip assesses your external security controls by simulating attacks from the public internet. The purpose of the simulations is to identify vulnerabilities that could allow cybercriminals to gain access to the internal environment from the public internet. SpearTip not only probes for vulnerabilities but also validates important vulnerabilities using advanced penetration testing techniques.

Scan for Vulnerabilities

SpearTip performs foot printing to determine public presence, interrogates authoritative DNS servers and executes various discovery techniques to identify public facing systems and services. We examine point of ingress to identify vulnerable services that could allow unauthorized access, and we research vulnerabilities discovered.

Evaluate the Risks

The SpearTip vulnerability management process helps to determine your organization’s risk. Your organization has the opportunity to clearly see the vulnerabilities in your environment and the risks they bring to your organization. At this moment, your organization can define and lay out the vulnerabilities to determine a cybersecurity plan to mitigate risks.

Treat Vulnerabilities

Once a cybersecurity plan is in place, your organization will know exactly what to do if a breach were to occur. Your organization should also seriously consider preventative, proactive ongoing managed detection and response (MDR), such as our ShadowSpear Platform, to prevent breaches from ever occurring.

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Vulnerability Management Best Practices

Managing your cybersecurity vulnerabilities is easier when you know the best practices to keep your organization safe:

  • Be prepared by having a plan in place in the event of a cybersecurity issue
  • Ensure everyone in your organization knows and understands the plan by reviewing and updating at least once a quarter
  • Ensure your organization has completed a comprehensive risk assessment and has put steps in place to mitigate these risks
  • Ensure your organization is actively monitoring and protecting against risks in your environment with a comprehensive managed detection and response platform such as our industry-leading ShadowSpear Platform