Performing Vulnerability Management the Right Way

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Performing Vulnerability Management the Right Way

To mitigate the impact and avoid becoming the next statics for security breaches, enterprises need to improve their vulnerability management system to tackle and mitigate cyber-attacks in an increasingly public or a hybrid cloud environment.

High profile cloud security breaches, both public and private, had dearly cost enterprises in the past. One of the reasons for their success is an enterprise’s ability to successfully manage risk and vulnerabilities within a hybrid cloud environment.

Managing the hybrid cloud environment only gets complicated in the competitive environment where the pressure to quickly migrate to the public cloud is immense. Furthermore, the stress is only compounded by the practices, policies and tools at most enterprises’ disposal that experts say are still holding on-premise computing.

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Jason Hicks, Global CISO, Kudelski Security

“My biggest concern for 2021 is the expanding security landscape that companies must protect,” says Jason Hicks, Global CISO, Kudelski Security. He further adds, “Specifically, CISOs are being asked to take on more and more responsibilities and have a lot of new hats to wear. This will lead to more debates around where within an organization CISOs report, with increasingly more of them reporting to management outside of the IT department.”

Seeing the urgent need to mitigate and stop the occurrence of security breaches, enterprises can opt for an enhanced vulnerability management system that is committed to cloud application security’s best practices and is designed to mold itself with the evolving nature of specific requirements of the cloud.

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John Ayers, Chief Strategy Product Officer, Nuspire

As per John Ayers, Chief Strategy Product Officer, Nuspire, “COVID-19 taught us a few things in the security industry: the importance of speed of deployment, we must always assume new levels of risk and we must work with what we have. The biggest breaches of the year should be a lesson to organizations that some security tools are not optional.”

Enterprises need to stop following traditional vulnerability management to analyze, identify, mitigate, remediate, and report security threats within the systems. They need to develop a holistic and well-executed vulnerability management system that is essential for managing and treating threats and minimizing the impact of surface attacks.

Enterprises also need to forgo the scanning approach of the traditional management tools that are often known for missing out on active threats outside of the data. Not only do these conventional vulnerability scans create false positives, but they are also not able to pick the threats that are beyond their capabilities.

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Even when conventional scanning works and identifies a cataloged threat, the job is only half-done. Understanding the scope of the threat and seeing how much it impacts the company’ business operation is a much more difficult task.

Hence, to deal with the issues of the traditional vulnerability management system, enterprises can take specific steps to address them. One of the easiest is by implementing robust and cutting-edge tools such as breach and attack simulation (BAS) platform that enables them to successfully secure systems as well as software.

BAS solution enables enterprises to launch a series of non-stop simulated attacks against a security environment that replicates the likely attack paths. Moreover, these tools identify security gaps in the cloud environment and show the potential damage that might occur. BAS platforms are designed to work in the cloud and hybrid environments, which are perfect for securing ephemeral objects.

Deploying a BAS solution is one of the fastest and most effective approaches for enterprises to improve their cloud security. Therefore, enterprises that desire to make high-profile cloud security breaches a rare occurrence, must create vulnerability management processes that reflect on the fundamental challenges enterprises face.

By experimenting and moving from approaches that struggle to deal with dynamic environments, enterprises can improve their cloud and hybrid security and ensure that they won’t be mentioned when the next public cloud data breach occurs.