Top Barriers to Effective Vulnerability Risk Management

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Barrier #3 – Lack of Context

Most vulnerability detection tools fail to deliver intelligent context of the vulnerabilities in terms of actual business impact. IT teams are left scrambling to figure out which of the thousands of vulnerabilities across their environment should be addressed on any given day. It is a hit-or-miss approach where misses can translate to millions of dollars spent recovering from a data breach if one occurs.

Organizations need contextual intelligence. IT teams should be able to immediately view the most ominous threats for their own environment based on known attack vectors in the wild.

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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