Risk-based vulnerability management (RBVM) provides valuable context and analysis that legacy versions of vulnerability management don’t offer. In addition to identifying vulnerabilities through vulnerability scanning and assessment, RBVM solutions add multiple layers of context, threat intelligence, and analysis that help prioritize remediation efforts.
Risk-based vulnerability management takes multiple actions to find and assess vulnerabilities. Using automation and advanced learning techniques, RBVM can proactively scan, analyze, and report on severity while incorporating critical risk context like exploitability, exposure, and business criticality. This enables cybersecurity teams to work smarter by focusing remediation efforts on vulnerabilities that truly pose the greatest risk.
Effective prioritization has become even more essential for remediation efforts as the number of existing vulnerabilities in the wild continues to grow. IT security staff must be able to identify and focus on the most exploitable vulnerabilities, and that list can vary depending on asset locations and individual network infrastructure. Legacy vulnerability management solutions provide lists of found vulnerabilities, but lack the relevant information needed to correctly prioritize them. Many vulnerability results can be considered noise because their location or severity make them a low threat risk. The time and effort to remediate these is likely not a worthwhile use of resources.
Risk-based vulnerability management empowers teams to be more strategic in their remediation planning. A RBVM solution will assess and process vulnerabilities, then assign them prioritization based on risk level. The basis of this prioritization is established through threat intelligence feeds, public risk factors, exploit activities, and asset inventory. By using a vulnerability management solution that is risk-based, IT professionals can avoid remediating vulnerabilities that aren’t true threats and can spend their time on the high-risk security weaknesses.
Using a solution that finds and prioritizes the highest-risk vulnerabilities for you, leads to quicker remediation, closing vital security holes faster.
Threat intelligence adds data proven context to help your team proactively address the most critical vulnerabilities and avoid wasting resources on the “noise”.
Consolidate organizational assets within a single dashboard, from mobile to cloud-based, keeping the entire attack surface area in view.
Continuously scan and report, monitoring changes in your security posture.
Setting automated scan parameters helps an IT team focus on specific, important security threats.
Flexibility to scale up or down based on an organization’s size and keep the bandwidth to cover the vulnerability changes.
RBVM can offer some substantial benefits, especially if it's an upgrade from legacy vulnerability management options.
Cost Savings: A data breach can cost a company millions from customer loss, compliance penalties, and possible downtime to fix the breach.
Quality over Quantity: Instead of trying to remediate every vulnerability, prioritize the most urgent, exploitable weaknesses for remediation.
Time Saver: It can take months to remediate a vulnerability. An IT team needs to focus their time on the most high-risk vulnerabilities first.
A risk-based vulnerability management solution needs more than static scanning. It should include a wide array of features to help facilitate and prioritize proactive security efforts including: