What is Vulnerability Management?
Vulnerabilities emerge every day within new networks, web applications and databases. They may occur due to software defects or misconfigurations of information systems. Because they can be exploited by cyber attackers, it is essential to eliminate these exposures to protect your critical IT assets and safeguard sensitive information.
The Secureworks Vulnerability Management Service delivers vulnerability assessments of your environment using:
- The Qualys scanning solution for automated and recurring vulnerability scanning that delivers vulnerability scan reports, remediation recommendations, and the ability to track workflow, reporting, and trending of your environment.
- Secureworks VMS services that range from VMS Gold Co-Managed—which maximizes the utlitiy of your vulnerability scanning tool by configuring your assets, scan schedules, and reports—to VMS Platinum Program Managed—which provides scanning implementation, report analysis, vulnerability prioritization based on business context, tracking the progress of internal and/or third party IT Ops teams against remediation actions, and overall management of your VMS Program.
The Top Challenges Organizations Face When Addressing Vulnerability Management
According to research conducted by Gartner, through 2020, 99 percent of vulnerabilities exploited by threat actors will continue to be ones known by security and IT professionals for at least one year. This means that it’s essential for organizations to take intelligent action today to improve their security posture. Below are some challenges facing security and IT professionals today as they strive for an effective Vulnerability Program:
“It Probably (Hopefully) Won’t Happen To Me” Mentality
Comprehensive vulnerability management, a foundational component of an organization’s security posture, can be difficult to manage due to time and resource constraints. Some may not feel the urgency until an actual breach, but by then it is too late. A proactive, well-managed vulnerability program is always preferable over a reactive approach to security.
Convincing Leadership Of The Need for a Vulnerability Management Program
Frequently, we see security professionals struggling to explain to leadership why perimeter defenses and client firewalls are not adequate replacements for a comprehensive vulnerability management program. Also, some believe that that if their external scans do not show many vulnerabilities, there is no cause for concern for the organization, which is misleading.
A 36,000 Page PDF Report Does Not Help Me
After a VMS program is deployed, periodic scans are set up, and reports are scheduled. Once the reports start rolling out, most Security and IT professionals are overwhelmed by the amount of data in a single report. The data is complicated, confusing, and too general for the needs of their organization.
Qualys reports that more than 50 percent of clients perform authenticated scanning, which provides more detailed results from hosts and helps to eliminate false positives.
Instead of viewing your infrastructure as a hacker would, without login credentials, authenticated scanning provides an inside view from the perspective of an authorized user. As a result, authenticated scanning allows for a deeper view of vulnerabilities present in your environment.
Authenticated scanning enhances the power of Secureworks Vulnerability Management solution to help clients identify and prioritize the remediation of vulnerabilities. This helps reduce the risk of a vulnerability leading to the compromise of your data, while helping drive compliance with industry regulations and securing the devices and data that support and drive your business.
You have deployed a vulnerability management solution. It is a necessary step and an important part of protecting your data and devices from the threat actors who want to get their hands on your information. The next step is demonstrating the program’s efficiency to your board of directors and executive leadership.
Secureworks Vulnerability Management Service (VMS) collaborates with Qualys Vulnerability Management technology to make reporting scan results easy to understand.
Secureworks Vulnerability Management provides you with customized reports and dashboards that map to your unique scope and use case. Our powerful indexing on the back end enbales:
- Fast visibility to locate assets
- Drill-down reporting capabilities
- Information to help perform patching or demonstrate compliance.
Cloud Agent collects vulnerability data on each enterprise host, whether it is connected to the network or not. It provides fast andaccurate scan results, and allows real-time vulnerability management and policy compliance scanning, eliminating the need to schedule scan windows or manage scanning credentials. The lightweight Cloud Agent deploys remotely, is centrally managed, and self-updating. It consumes minimal CPU resources and can be installed anywhere, including any host, such as a laptop, desktop, server or virtual machine.
Threat Protection is an add-on service to Vulnerability Scanning that helps IT professionals automatically prioritize vulnerabilities posing the greatest risk by correlating active threats against vulnerabilities. It also includes a Live Threat Intelligence Feed, enabling clients to drill down into the impact on their assets for remediation guidance. Dynamic dashboards allow clients to see assets exposed to active threats such as zero-days, denial-of-service attacks, actively attacked vulnerabilities, easy exploits requiring little skills, vulnerabilities lacking a patch, and many more.
Continuous Monitoring monitors the perimeter, detects changes in the network, and provides alerts on security loopholes before they turn into breaches. These include expired certificates, open ports, unexpected hosts and operation systems, undesired software, and severe vulnerabilities.
Web Application Scanning
Web Application Scanning consists of automated, self-service vulnerability scanning of internal- and external-facing web-based applications.Web App Scanning
Policy Compliance automates the process of assessing server and application configuration compliance. This is useful for clients subject to compliance mandates such as PCI and HIPAA.Policy Compliance