Five Questions to Ask When Choosing a Vulnerability Management System

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Question: How long does it take to get through a complete cycle?

Answer: Old-school vulnerability management could take up to 30-60 days to scan 50 percent of the network. A next-generation solution should be able to assess vulnerabilities on 90 percent of the network in less than one day, allowing remediation on the most critical risks to start the same business day.

Just under the surface of every enterprise network, thousands (and often millions) of vulnerabilities leave an organization’s operating systems, applications, network devices, and other critical IT systems vulnerable to outside attack. Vulnerability management solutions play a critical role in protecting organizations from attacks by identifying and analyzing risks constantly, helping security teams limit the risk exposure by fixing or blocking the gaps with patches, IPS or other compensating security controls.

Old-school vulnerability scanning processes can prove disruptive and slow, generate huge amounts of irrelevant data, and can take months to complete from beginning to end. However, this process is inefficient when hackers and cyber criminals only need to find one vulnerability to infiltrate a network. In turn, organizations are faced with having to choose between adding more resources to expand an inefficient process, or limit the scope of vulnerability analysis and leave the network at risk of potentially devastating cyber attacks.

As next-generation solutions are setting new standards for coverage, speed, and accuracy of the typical vulnerability management process, security managers need to rethink their network protection. Gidi Cohen, CEO and founder of Skybox Security, shares five questions security managers need to ask themselves when analyzing their current vulnerability management solution.

 

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