Attackers are constantly looking for new vulnerabilities in software and systems as each new release or version appears.
A system that is perfectly secure one day can be vulnerable the next. To deal with the threat, you have to understand the versions of all software and services in your stack and cross-reference them with the latest threat information.
Vulnerability Management is a key aspect of our Managed Security Service, helping to expose weaknesses, reduce risk and provide long-term protection.
Using vulnerability scanning it identifies deviations from the know safe state and maintains an up-to-date database of threats that it cross references with the platform being protected.
Our managed service ensures that as soon as a threat is identified, immediate and appropriate action is taken.
Ensures port policies are enforced and monitored and that only necessary ports are open.
Flags up changes to running services that indicate that a platform has been compromised.
Continually checks that communication protocols are secure.
Identifies vulnerable components quickly so appropriate mitigation can be put in place.
Maintains an up-to-date list of vulnerabilities and correlates it with the systems, applications and devices being protected.
Vulnerability Management relates to the automated detection and assessment of threats combined with actions to reduce the risk of potential cyber threats. This risk reduction operates by identifying the weaknesses that leave systems susceptible to attacks and ensuring that the most effective action is promptly taken to mitigate the risk. Examples of action could be patching systems, upgrading software or updating firewall rules.
Detection and mitigation is a 24/7/365 process.
The four main types of security vulnerability can be defined as faulty defences, insufficient resource management, insecure connections between elements and substandard data back-up and recovery. The continual detection of these vulnerabilities is crucial to ensure your global network stays secure 24/7, as without proactive management, your systems could be compromised at any time.
Vulnerability Management services look to assess system performance to assess weaknesses and secure your infrastructure against risk, working to protect sensitive data and prioritise compliance. Other areas of vulnerability to address include subpar authentication management, ineffectual network monitoring and weak end-point security - all of which can be automated for optimum performance via Vulnerability Management.
Vulnerability Management is essential for business continuity - particularly for organisations with compliance concerns or that handle a large amount of sensitive data. It is important to remember that your infrastructure is only as strong as its weakest link, therefore your systems, applications and software need to be kept completely secure. Vulnerability Management services work to automate the detection and response to weaknesses, leading to improved performance, heightened security and crucial risk reduction.
The primary difference between Vulnerability Assessment and Vulnerability Management is that while the first is a one-time project with a defined start and end date, the other is a continuous process that constantly monitors and responds to weaknesses. A comprehensive Vulnerability Management service looks to reduce risk in the long run holistically, while an assessment is best utilised as part of a wider security strategy.
Implementing Vulnerability Management relies heavily on proactive processes that are conducted on a regular basis, including the assessment, detection, reporting and modification of systems. While this can be done manually, many prefer to automate the process via an external provider to reduce IT costs, protect against human error and increase security. This ensures there are no hardware or licensing concerns, as Vulnerability Management services can be scaled according to your business requirements and benefits from machine learning, integrated threat intelligence and expert global analysis for consistent network protection.
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