At the core of any successful vulnerability management remediation process is an alignment of competent resources, security best practices, and continuous assessment. With cyberattacks becoming an ever-growing part of our daily lives, it’s important that organizations put a functional vulnerability management remediation process in place.
But first, we should ask the question, what exactly is vulnerability management? Well, in ideal circumstances, you can plan for the following items:
Cyber Security Governance outlines executive management’s strategic direction in setting scope, remediation cycle, term objectives, budget, and realistic expectations of performance as negotiated with stakeholders.
Cyber Security Strategy that defines roles, responsibilities, prioritizations of what is critical or required to protect for both business continuity and legal reasons such as regulatory compliance needs.
Program Solutions such as vulnerability management scanners to enumerate vulnerabilities of configuration and patching levels.
With this in mind, you can now define a process. Although many groups exist with varying viewpoints, there are some key elements that each process has in common:
- Assess Vulnerabilities
- Prioritize Findings by Impact
- Action on Findings
- Re-assess and Validate Progress
- Report Metrics/KPIs
With this community post, I just barely scratched the surface of this topic. Our team has included a wealth of knowledge in our blog post here, but I want to hear from y’all! Have you implemented a vulnerability management remediation process? If not, is it something you’d like to do?