New vulnerabilities are discovered every day. Are we vulnerable?
Vulnerability management is the process of proactively monitoring and addressing vulnerabilities in order to minimise the risk of compromise due to a cyberattack. A vulnerability is any known weakness that may allow an attacker to gain access to an IT asset, e.g. open ports, insecure software configurations and program logic weaknesses. As the IT landscape continuously changes and evolves, new vulnerabilities emerge or are discovered every day alongside new and more sophisticated methods for exploiting those vulnerabilities.
The organisations’ IT environments are also constantly evolving, with every new service or device added to the network introducing new compromising risks. Vulnerability management should be embedded into organisations as a disciplined and continuous practice to keep up with changes in the IT and threat landscape. The process should include (but not be limited to) identification, prioritisation and remediation of vulnerabilities according to the organisations’ risk strategy.
Some common challenges organisations face in terms of vulnerability management are:
- IT environments are constantly evolving and increasing in complexity;
- New software vulnerabilities are constantly being discovered;
- Attackers are adapting to the changing technology environment and developing new ways of exploiting vulnerabilities; and
- Attackers relentlessly scan networks to discover vulnerabilities they can exploit.
The frequency and sophistication of attacks have grown spectacularly over the last few years. Deloitte can help you identify and effectively and efficiently manage your vulnerabilities.
To keep up with the rising risk of cyberattacks and comply with applicable regulatory requirements, many organisations rely on professional expertise to secure and assess their processes, people and technology. Deloitte offers a wide range of security assessments and ethical hacking services to help improve your overall security posture.
If you recognise some of these challenges, or if you would like to know more about how we can help your company manage your vulnerabilities, please do not hesitate to contact us.