The holiday season is upon us, and nearly every day, my wife asks me what I want for Christmas. As a pop culture geek with interests in most fandoms, I have dozens of items that I could ask for, but the ultimate question is what do I really want to ask her to spend money on.

In a perfect and very geeky world, I would likely come up with a method of measuring my interests, but in reality, I’m ultimately going to just pick an item near and dear to my heart. That’s because our choices in situations like this tend to be subjective.

While these types of determinations of importance should be subjective, we often see subjective vulnerability scoring that should be objective. Systems like High, Medium, Low, and 1-5 are not objective and provide minimal value when prioritizing risk in your environment.

There are better ways to prioritize risk.

The most famous example would be CVSS, a system which is available in Tripwire IP360 and every other vulnerability management solution. With CVSSv2, we saw vendors take their own twists on the calculation, sometimes adding their own scoring levels. We also saw instances where scores were calculated differently based on personal opinion. CVSSv3 has improved upon this with stricter definitions, but score generation still manages to be subjective as some definitions are ignored and redefined. At this time, however, it is the most accurate and valuable publicly available scoring system.

This is where Tripwire IP360 customers benefit from the more than a century of vulnerability management experience found within Tripwire VERT.

The Tripwire IP360 Scoring System is as objective as they come and factors in all the criteria critical to your environment including vulnerability age, level of access, and ease of attack. It provides Tripwire IP360 users with (Read more...)