For organizations striving to ensure critical issues are being addressed before cybercriminals can hold sway over them, optimizing their vulnerability management cycles is essential. Security misconfiguration, cross-site request forgery, SQL injection, etc., are a few of the growing list of flaws that can make businesses vulnerable to cyberattacks.
To help businesses assert more control over their security weaknesses, Rootshell Security, a CREST-accredited cybersecurity service, has released a guide shedding light on the best practices for optimizing a vulnerability lifecycle.
According to the company, the vulnerability management lifecycle is a framework that guides a business through the steps critical to remediate security threats within its network.
It’s a cyclic and ongoing cybersecurity process that starts with the execution of vulnerability assessments that track down any security flaws within the network, followed by the centralization of all assessment results.
After the security vulnerabilities are pinpointed, they need to be assessed so the risks they pose can be dealt with appropriately and per an organization’s risk management strategy.
Later, based on factors such as potential risk, impact, and resource availability, severity scores are assigned to the critical assets, explains Rootshell.
The next step is to prioritize vulnerabilities and implement vulnerability remediation programs in line with an organization’s priorities. The aim is to fully fix or patch security flaws so that cybercriminals cannot exploit them maliciously.
Once vulnerabilities have been addressed, organizations must perform regular follow-up audits. Also, the success of the executed vulnerability management process should be reassessed, adds Rootshell Security.
On top of this, organizations looking to augment their security posture should continuously improve their vulnerability management process, fix any bottlenecks and ensure compliance with their service level agreements (SLA).
That said, failing to identify and address high-risk vulnerabilities and security gaps within a company’s network could result in cyberattacks.
The ramifications of a cyberattack could result in a lower ROI, loss of customer confidence, and damage to brand reputation in the long term.
According to Rootshell, with cybercriminals involved in increasingly complex schemes today, organizations must follow some ‘tried and tested’ steps for optimizing their vulnerability management cycles and thwarting security threats in their infancy.
For example, leveraging a vulnerability management system that can unify all essential data is a sensible investment. Getting vulnerability assessment data at the click of a button is vital for managing the remediation of security weaknesses that could expose the most critical assets of an organization.
Plus, by automating the error-prone time-intensive manual process of data entry, security teams can significantly improve the vulnerability remediation process, ensuring higher accuracy.
Rootshell marks the importance of leveraging a vulnerability remediation collaboration tool that can reduce the average time to patch vulnerabilities, thus successfully boosting efficiency.
Part of a holistic approach to security, vulnerability management requires IT security teams to establish a consistent system for prioritizing a company’s security issues. Thus, they will be able to address the most critical issues first and ensure the effective allocation of resources while successfully locking cybercriminals out.
Rootshell urges organizations to invest in class-leading vulnerability management software that can help IT security teams accelerate each step of the vulnerability management lifecycle from start to finish.
Rootshell Security, the cyber security giant, says that it can transform vulnerability management with its Prism Platform. It’s a vendor-agnostic next generation vulnerability management program that strengthens a company’s resistance to cyberattacks while significantly reducing remediation time.
By consolidating reports from third-party assessment tools into a centralized hub and creating a single database for all results in a standard format, Prism breaks down data silos, thus saving security teams time on manual data admin.
Plus, with its class-leading Daily Exploit Detection, Prism adds intelligence-driven context to critical issues, thereby helping organizations prioritize most efficiently.
In addition, by leveraging automated reports and intuitive dashboards by Prism, IT security teams can gain a holistic view of a company’s global threat landscape and efficiently analyze technical risks across the entire organization.
Aligned with Gartner(R) Vulnerability Management Cycle guidance, Prism Platform enables IT security teams to adopt best practice vulnerability management processes effortlessly.
To quote a client, “Prism Platform is very useful for coordinating a global, remote team and invaluable at helping us stay on top of our critical issues and delegating them accordingly. Prism’s dashboards are vital for us to manage our weaknesses, and I love the Prism interface – it looks slick and professional for our clients.”
To learn more about the Prism Platform by Rootshell Security, please visit https://www.rootshellsecurity.net.
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