Managing vulnerabilities, alongside other security tactics, is key for organisations to prioritise possible threats in order to reduce the ’attack surface‘ and the risk of making adversaries.
Vulnerability management is the process of proactively monitoring and addressing software vulnerabilities in order to minimise the risk of compromise due to of a cyberattack. A software vulnerability is any weakness that can allow an attacker to gain access to an IT asset, e.g. open ports, insecure software configurations and program logic weakness.
As the IT landscape is continuously changing and evolving, new vulnerabilities emerge or are discovered every day, alongside new and more sophisticated methods of exploiting those vulnerabilities. Organisations’ IT environments are also constantly evolving, with every new service or device added to the network introducing new compromise risks. Vulnerability management should be embedded into organisations as a disciplined and continuous practice, to keep up with changes in the IT and threat landscapes. The process should include (but not be limited to) identification, prioritisation and remediation of vulnerabilities.
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
- Attackers relentlessly scan networks to discover vulnerabilities they can exploit.
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