WHAT IS VULNERABILITY REMEDIATION MANAGEMENT?
Organisations perform Vulnerability Remediation Management processes to address or minimise the risks that stem from identified security vulnerabilities.
An information security vulnerability refers to an area where an organisation may be open to attack or damage. These vulnerabilities in an organisation’s cyber security defences are usually pro-actively identified through the running of vulnerability scanning software, manual configuration assessments, vendor emergency fixes, or more in-depth penetration testing of infrastructure, networks, applications, etc.
THE VULNERABILITY REMIEDATION CHALLENGE
As the prevalence of technology within organisations and the risk of cyber security breaches increases, so does the volume of identified security vulnerabilities.
Unfortunately, the processes following on from the reporting of these vulnerabilities have not kept pace. As a result, most organisations have a growing list of unremediated vulnerabilities that could result in significant risks to the organisation. This is compounded by the fact that these reports often come from varying sources in varying formats to varying stakeholders. This means that the organisation does not have a single view of all the vulnerabilities and the potential risks.
Some of the key challenges that organisations experience include:
Lack of process consistency
Disparate sources of
Lack of clear accountability to
THE VULNERABILITY REMEDIATION SOLUTION
Phinity’s solution automates the allocation, tracking, and reporting of vulnerabilities from all sources. This frees up your team to focus on closing vulnerabilities, rather than administering the process.
Identify all the sources of reported open vulnerabilities, including manual findings, penetration testing findings, automated scan results, etc.
Determine a risk rating policy that applies across different types of vulnerabilities (e.g. asset value, vulnerability rating, and business risk). Then agree on the remediation process and accountability with all stakeholders.
Allocate vulnerabilities to responsible individuals – these people may be employees of the organisation or third-party vendors. Next, establish deadlines.
Track the status of Vulnerability Remediation, focusing on critical risks and overdue treatment actions. Then follow-up, respond, and attach evidence within Phinity to consolidate communication streams.
Assess treatment actions to determine their adequacy. Phinity enables this process and allows for the kick-off of retesting (as necessary).
All vulnerabilities, ratings, responsibilities, statuses, etc. are housed within Phinity. This allows for powerful, centralised, and real-time reporting.
The result is an effective and efficient process, real-time reporting, and an increase in the number of vulnerabilities remediated – ultimately reducing the risk to the organisation.
WHY CHOOSE PHINITY?
Integrating Phinity into your Vulnerability Remediation efforts has many benefits: