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by Erik Briceno

A key to protecting against cybersecurity threats is understanding your risks. Vulnerability Management (VM) is a critical tool in your arsenal designed to do just that — to proactively mitigate or prevent saboteurs from exploiting the IT vulnerabilities that exist in any system or organization.

To achieve that, you need a vulnerability assessment system to quickly and easily identify and fix vulnerabilities — including software flaws, missing patches, malware and misconfigurations — across a variety of operating systems, devices and applications.

Given the importance of this task, VM should be a cornerstone of your security program. It’s so integral to business success that the Center for Internet Security lists continuous vulnerability assessment and remediation as the No. 3 must-do item on its Critical Security Control checklist.

Vulnerability Assessment Best Practices

VM is a foundational concept that involves the identification, classification, remedy and mitigation of various vulnerabilities within a system. It’s an integral part of computer and network security, and it is practiced in conjunction with risk management and other basic security practices.

Identifying IT vulnerabilities and their inherent risks makes it possible to address those weaknesses. Such an evaluation of any potential cyberexposure is the first step toward correcting those vulnerabilities as well as removing the risk entirely.

In general, there are four steps encompassed by vulnerability assessment tools. When properly deployed, they create a continuous cycle focused on improving security and reducing the risk profile of network assets.

  1. Discover: Scan your entire network, including all devices, for vulnerabilities.
  2. Report: Generate reports about what the vulnerability scanner found to create a tactical plan of action.
  3. Prioritize: Now that you know the network’s risks and vulnerabilities, prioritize how to address the problems.
  4. Respond: Address the vulnerabilities by correcting the problem through remediation, reducing the vulnerability through mitigation or accepting the risk.

While the number of organizations using VM continues to increase, so do the potential threats, said Andrew Laman, who authored the SANS 2019 Vulnerability Management Survey. “It has never been easier to bring new applications and services online without the appropriate oversight, potentially exposing organizations to unintended vulnerabilities and risks,” he said.

Vulnerability Management As a Service

Vulnerability Management: 4 Essential Steps to Protect Your Business From CyberthreatsFinding the right VM solution — such as Nessus — will provide a foundation for your IT cybersecurity protocols. Nessus ranks high in both accuracy and coverage, offers customized reporting and live results, and is constantly updated, with more than 70,000 plugins.

V2 Systems leverages advanced technology like Nessus to offer the best-in-class vulnerability and compliance management as a service. This includes providing accurate internal and external scans across your IT landscape such as network assets, hosts, web applications and databases.

With the IT threat landscape constantly evolving, it’s imperative for companies to make sure they have the skilled security talent with the IT expertise to handle any situation. We make it easy to quickly and easily identify and fix vulnerabilities — including software flaws, missing patches, malware and misconfigurations — across a variety of operating systems, devices and applications.

When you’re ready to talk about your security needs, call us for a free two-hour consultation — no strings attached. Our expert engineers can design safeguards that are an integral part of your IT network right from the start. Together, we can develop a managed security services plan that meets your needs and fits your budget.

 

Since 1995, Manassas Park, VA-based V2 Systems has employed local systems administrators, network engineers, security consultants, help desk technicians and partnering companies to meet a wide range of clients’ IT needs, from research, to implementation, to maintenance. Managed Security keeps our clients safe, while our IT support keeps them up and running. Reach out to our experts today. Concentrate on your VISION…We’ll handle the TECHNOLOGY!

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About ebriceno
Erik Briceño is the owner of V2 Systems, Inc., one of Northern Virginia’s leading Information Technology Managed Service Providers. He is an inspiring leader for its employees and instrumental business partner for its customers. He is passionate about V2’s purpose, dedicated to exceeding expectations and a consummate professional not afraid of jumping in and getting his hands dirty. Prior to joining V2 Systems in 2002, Erik was a co-founder and COO of Ampcast.com, a leading provider of online resources servicing over 5,000 independent musical artists. At Ampcast.com, Erik spearheaded all aspects of corporate development, funding, strategic vision, and business development for the firm. From 1997 to 1999 Erik held the position of Acoustic Systems Engineer for Electric Boat Corporation, a leading defense contractor. In this role, Erik was responsible for the acoustic fidelity of two noise critical systems and components in the US Navy’s nuclear submarine systems. Erik holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Business Administration from George Mason University. When not working, you will find Erik a dedicated family man, raising two young children with his lovely wife Karen. Together, they enjoy building legos, playing baseball, skiing, riding horses, swimming, traveling, and fixing up old Mopars.
Vulnerability Management: 4 Essential Steps to Protect Your Business From Cyberthreats