Top Barriers to Effective Vulnerability Risk Management

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Barrier #2 – Resource Constraints

Organizations are spending too much time and money on manual verification and analysis of vulnerabilities. The manual tasks involved in collecting, analyzing and prioritizing scanner data results can be overwhelming. In fact, the average manual tracking and reporting process takes a typical IT department weeks of work. However, it only takes a hacker a few days to exploit a vulnerability.

IT teams spend an excessive amount of time trying to tame massive (usually outdated) spreadsheets just to find out that they were not able to find and fix a vulnerability before a hacker exploited it. Organizations can dramatically reduce the turnaround time between identification of critical vulnerabilities and remediation by prioritizing the risks unique to their business environment.

When it comes to the effectiveness of traditional vulnerability risk management programs, the challenges are often rooted in the process itself. Simply put, there are many manual steps (and often missteps) – from vulnerability scanning and detection to verification, impact analysis, and remediation – all of which can consume up to 40 percent of the IT organization's resources.

Given the labor-intensive list of to dos, many IT organizations use vulnerability management tools merely as a means to help document system compliance with industry or government regulations. Vulnerability management has become a "one-and-done" task, contributing to a less than effective outcome, as new technologies – and threats – are constantly being introduced into the environment.

NopSec CTO Michelangelo Sidagni explores how the manual aspects of vulnerability risk management cause broader challenges that can overwhelm IT departments and cripple their remediation efforts.


Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

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