Top Barriers to Effective Vulnerability Risk Management

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Barrier #6 – Latency Handicap

Another challenge involves the remediation itself. Once identified, it takes the average company 60 to 70 days to remediate a security vulnerability, allowing cyber criminals ample time to access the network and inflict damage. Critical vulnerabilities can remain unpatched in businesses for months – even years – after they've been discovered and publicly announced. That is, if they're fixed at all.

When IT teams are blind to real-time threats, they are inevitably reactive. Preventing breaches and security incidents becomes impossible.

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.

 

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