Top Barriers to Effective Vulnerability Risk Management

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Quickly Moving From Threat Detection to Remediation

Responding to attacks only after they have occurred is a dangerous game. As the incidence of security vulnerabilities continues to escalate, so does the potential for a data breach.

We cannot allow cyber criminals to continue claiming victory in the undeclared digital war. Organizations need to move from detection to remediation of IT security vulnerabilities faster – before they are exploited. To do so, IT departments need to institute a continuous process for addressing security vulnerabilities.

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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