Vulnerability management is a risk-based cybersecurity approach by which organizations proactively protect their digital infrastructure against breaches. It comprises the identification, assessment, and remediation of security vulnerabilities in computer systems, applications, and networks in order to prevent cyber attacks and limit potential damage should one take place.
Vulnerability management exists as a method for organizations to deal with the challenges of having an expansive IT environment.
Large organizations typically rely on a diverse and continually expanding array of digital assets in their operations including servers, cloud applications, third-party software, physical routers and endpoint devices, and more. Relying on an extensive IT infrastructure opens up a wide variety of possible entry points for attackers, so organizations utilize vulnerability management as a means of proactively managing cybersecurity risks.
By its nature, vulnerability management is cyclical and serves to continuously strengthen security posture. To this end, it encompasses the following key processes:
The Gartner Magic Quadrant is a system by which Gartner, a leading IT research and consulting firm, provides visual representations of data relating to the direction, maturity, and participants of certain markets.
Gartner’s Magic Quadrant shows the relative market positions of vendors using two primary metrics: completeness of vision and ability to execute. These are represented on the graph by the x-axis and y-axis, respectively, with both axes bisecting the graph to create four quadrants. Gartner evaluates vendors using its standard criteria and represents each in one of the four quadrants, denoting their place in the market as niche players, challengers, visionaries, or leaders.
The Magic Quadrant for vulnerability management indicates some key trends in the market. In particular, it shows that organizations engaging in vulnerability management are increasingly choosing to use solutions that combine vulnerability assessments with other cybersecurity functionalities so that they can proactively assess, manage, and report on risks posed by security vulnerabilities. As a result, enterprises providing agentless security validation products, such as Pentera, are becoming increasingly dominant in the market due to the wider utility of their solutions.
By distilling extensive research into a snapshot of the current state of a market, the Gartner Magic Quadrant offers several key benefits to organizations, including the following:
In an increasingly digital world, organizations everywhere are relying on increasingly expansive and intricate IT infrastructures, and this elevates potential cybersecurity risks. As such, vulnerability management should be considered a core part of a thoughtful and modern cybersecurity approach. By providing organizations with a means of identifying and remediating points of exposure as they appear, vulnerability is key to a strong security posture.
Vulnerability management is a cybersecurity approach by which organizations continuously monitor, assess, and remediate vulnerabilities in their IT infrastructures to strengthen their security posture.
Vulnerability management is important because it empowers organizations to act pre-emptively in detecting and remediating cybersecurity vulnerabilities. As such, it allows them to protect themselves against cyber threats by staying one step ahead of would-be attackers.
Vulnerability management involves the following key processes: asset discovery, vulnerability scanning, prioritization, remediation, validation, and continuous monitoring. As Vulnerability management is cyclical, these processes are repeated continuously to ensure that security posture is strengthened regularly.
If critical vulnerabilities are discovered during vulnerability management, they are assessed and prioritized based on their associated risk level. They are then swiftly remediated, and newly implemented security measures are validated to ensure that the vulnerabilities have been effectively addressed.
Yes, you can request a summer of vulnerability management results or reports. These summaries offer detailed information on your organization’s security posture, highlighting points of exposure and offering recommended actions for remediation and risk mitigation.
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