Traditional vulnerability management is in desperate need of a change due to its ineffectiveness in combating modern cyberattacks. It’s a bold statement, but true nonetheless, because it simply isn’t enough.
The numbers don’t lie, and the only direction the average cost of recovery from cyberattacks seems to be moving is up. Monetary effect aside, a successful cyberattack from ineffective vulnerability management can fatally affect an organization’s reputation. This snowballs quickly into lost business, and it’s only downhill from there.
All of these arguments only support the fact that traditional vulnerability management is not effective in today’s operating environment and highlight the consequences of its ineffectiveness.
The importance of reinventing it cannot be underestimated enough because the price of recovering from a cyber attack is high.
What is missing from traditional vulnerability management?
Traditional vulnerability management, or just looking at software/CVE vulnerabilities, is what we’ve been following for the last three decades or so. But in the modern scenario of rapid technological transformation, cyber attacks are becoming ingenious and deceptively dangerous. With newer, devious ways to breach your network’s cyber defense, attackers are exploiting risks beyond software vulnerabilities, significantly reducing the effectiveness of vulnerability management.
IT asset exposures, misconfigurations, bypasses in security controls, and security anomalies are the new dangerous risks that attackers are exploiting. And traditional vulnerability management has no way to combat them and prevent cyberattacks.
In traditional vulnerability management, there is a disconnect between vulnerability scanning and remediation and the teams that perform it. Typically, the information security team is tasked with assessing vulnerabilities and continuously transfers the task of remediation to IT teams. IT teams, already understaffed, are often overwhelmed with fixing thousands of vulnerabilities.
Adding to the problem, the lack of integration and automation between vulnerability scanners and remediation tools further reduces the effectiveness of vulnerability management.
Making Vulnerability Management Effective with Required Reinvention
(AVM) is the new way to effectively perform vulnerability management in a modern computing environment. It is the process of going beyond traditional vulnerability management with a broader focus on vulnerabilities by covering various other security risks. Advanced Vulnerability Management gives you a holistic view of your IT, uncovering dangerous anomalies that can threaten an organization’s cyber defense.
By integrating vulnerability detection, assessment, and remediation into a unified, continuous, and automated process, Advanced Vulnerability Management remediates dangerous risks with relevant security measures.
Advanced Vulnerability Management addresses the risk challenge beyond software vulnerabilities by increasing the scope of detection. By leveraging smarter, faster, and able to detect IT asset exposures, misconfigurations, and deviations in security controls, Advanced Vulnerability Management covers all potential attack vectors and ensures that no risk goes unnoticed.
With integration and automation as the core tenet around which Advanced Vulnerability Management revolves, its effectiveness in preventing cyber-attacks increases several times over. It also increases the speed of , not allowing a ‘threat to turn into an attack’. Manually performing a vulnerability management task, such as cross-machine vulnerability data correlation, is completely removed from the equation, further improving productivity and efficiency.
Additionally, by aligning an organization with compliance policies and reducing the attack surface with preventative measures, Advanced Vulnerability Management reduces the attack surface and improves an organization’s security posture.
In the modern and ever-evolving technology space, ineffective vulnerability management can only lead to one result. A fatal cyberattack completely destroys an organization. can help prevent it, but a reinvention of the way we do vulnerability management is an urgent need in a modern computing environment.