The Future of Vulnerability Management Programs

In 2017, the number of security vulnerabilities published on the National Vulnerability Database (NVD) rose by 130% compared to the previous year. The alarming spike in security vulnerabilities along with headline-catching exploits like last year’s Equifax data breach have security teams continuously updating and upgrading their vulnerability management programs to ensure that they are not exposed to malicious attacks.

Considering the fact that hackers are closely tracking published vulnerabilities in order to find their next big exploit, software organizations need to make sure that they are one step ahead of the bad guys with a vulnerability management process that can detect, track, and ease the remediation process of any security vulnerability that lies in their systems.

Keeping Your Vulnerability Management Program Current

While vulnerability management programs are not a new concept, today’s dynamic software development ecosystem and the evolving capabilities of hackers demand that organizations keep their vulnerability management processes current, and make sure that they are prepared for any threat that might come their way.

A vulnerability management plan usually consists of three main parts: identification, prioritization, and remediation. Each one of these steps is constantly evolving to address new environments and risks, with the goal of making the process more manageable for overworked security teams. Let’s take a look at each of these parts to see how organizations can ensure that they are prepared for any security threat coming their way.

Vulnerability Identification Processes: Scanning it Up

Until recently, much of an organization’s mandatory vulnerability management program relied predominantly on scanning tools. Teams would perform mandatory monthly or quarterly configuration audits and network scans, which would produce lengthy reports that no team could cover completely. This meant organizations invested a lot of time attempting to address all (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – WhiteSource authored by Ayala Goldstein. Read the original post at: https://resources.whitesourcesoftware.com/blog-whitesource/the-future-of-vulnerability-management-programs