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Vulnerability management: Minimize the risk of a cyberattack

Software vulnerabilities must be monitored regularly and proactively and addressed as part of a healthy cyber practice.

Challenges

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.

We have extensive experience in consulting and implementing how to secure and streamline IT operations to harden the defence against cyber threats. We help our clients to determine and implement the right controls, processes and tools to increase cybersecurity within the organisation.

Why Deloitte?

Awarded market leaders

We strive to continuously lead the market in the area of cyber risk and security services. We are awarded and acknowledged by some of the most renowned institutions within the area of cyber, e.g. Gartner, ALM Intelligence and Forrester. In 2020, we were named global leader in Security Consulting Services for the 9th year in a row by Gartner.

Leading-edge technologies

We are committed to investing in innovation and emerging technologies to ensure that we are equipped with the latest tools to solve current and future challenges for our clients. Alliances with market-leading cyber vendors and groundbreaking startups around the world offer our clients access to a wide range of cyber-risk technologies and leading-edge technology innovation.

Global intelligence delivered locally

We have the largest professional services network in the world. Diversity across our cyber teams helps us work across the globe with a local and personal lens. We have over 8,600 dedicated cyber-risk service practitioners of which 1,300 are dedicated to Europe and the Middle East alone, ready to help our clients everywhere with any challenge.

End-to-end cyber-risk services

We cover every aspect of cyber risk — from advisory and implementation of strategic transformations to managed security services, product solutions and incident management. This enables us to deliver more resilient and silo-breaking solutions, taking the whole business chain into account. This helps our clients to leverage their potential and growth even more.

Reach out

If you would like to know more about how to increase cybersecurity with Vulnerability Management, contact our representative below.

Christian Schmidt

Director

Michael Møller Kristensen

Manager