Virtual CISO

For a holistic approach to Vulnerability Risk Management, other than internal Vulnerability Assessment, monitoring externally visible vulnerabilities as well as monitoring your partners’ security posture is a must.

A Security Ratings Platform that enables an organization that can provide continuous Risk Monitoring for your organization’s and partners’ public interfaces non-intrusively and providing a measurable feedback that can highlight any identified vulnerabilities, provide a Hacker’s View, that may be putting your organization at risk as well as providing a Third Party Risk Rating to more easily identify partners that may be putting you at risk.

Security Ratings Platforms can provide your organization with Risk Scoring that can help:

  • Third Party Risk Management
  • Vendor Risk Management
  • Third Party Vendor Management
  • Cyber Insurance

Internal Vulnerability Assessment

Vulnerability Assessment Tools, typically, can search your network for known vulnerabilities in Servers, Network devices, software and other IT assets, but cannot determine which exposures pose an actual risk to your organization. Some of the challenges an organization would face when initiating a Vulnerability Management program would be:

  1. Asset Discovery: A security principle that is very relevant here is “You can’t secure what you are not aware of” which makes Asset Discovery a crucial factor in the Vulnerability Management process.
  2. Vulnerability Discovery:The Vulnerability Discovery process is completely dependent on the tool used and it is critical to find a tool that can not only find vulnerabilities based on available CVEs but also vulnerabilities that may be the result of configurations.
  3. Risk Exposure:Not all vulnerabilities revealed would result in exploitable risks, vulnerabilities can be mitigated via third party tools installed in the network or the hosts, therefore it is always a challenge for a Vulnerability Management program to build in a process to validate vulnerabilities that may present risks.
  4. Risk Prioritization:The Vulnerability Management Lifecycle is a continuous process that requires IT personnel to complete the remediation process. However, it may take a long time to remediate the found vulnerabilities therefore Risk Prioritization would make certain an efficient use of your IT personnel resources.
  5. Risk Remediation: This can be a very time consuming process so having your Vulnerability Scanning tool being able to present Risk Remediation information is available for all vulnerabilities and presented in reports as simple step- by-step application instructions would be a great advantage.

Key Features of to be considered for a Vulnerability Management

  1. Configuration Review based on benchmarks such as CIS Standards, FDCC, DISASTIGS and USGCB. However, the solution should also have the ability to customize the tests based on internal Security Standards as well.
  2. Policy Compliance should have assessment capabilities to help the organization measure and report on its compliance without spending an excessive amount of resources.
  3. Reporting: Solution reporting should provide flexible, actionable and customizable Reporting that includes:
    • Prioritized Remediation
    • Step-by-Step Instructions
    • Estimated Completion Times
    • Issues Addressed by Each Patch
    • Systems Affected
    • Direct Links to the Patches on the Manufacturers’ websites.
  4. Infrastructure Vulnerability Scanning covering a wide range of OS, applications and protocols including but not limited to:
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Networking devices
    • Mobile devices
    • Databases
    • Web Applications
    • SCADA Devices
    • Out of the box applications such as Microsoft Office applications, Adobe, etc.
  5. Third Party Integrations to boost and improve functionality.

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