With rampant cyberattacks over the last few months, threat actors exploit vulnerable systems to procure access to critical business data. Hence, organizations need to strategize robust remediation methods to secure the IT infrastructure.
Encrypted or corrupted backup data cannot recover actively. Therefore, organizations are under immense pressure to implement robust vulnerability management practices that can help businesses secure confidential data by proactively identifying, detecting, and managing vulnerabilities. Here are a few eye-catching vulnerability management trends shaping the future of cybersecurity in 2023.
Cementing Storage and Backup Loopholes
The existing vulnerability management methods only offer minimal security. Many storage and backup processes primarily rely on dedicated proprietary systems that most vulnerability management methods do not support. At the same time, storage and backup depend on reliable networking, which is a non-IP-based network, rather than fiber-channel hardware which is not embraced by the vulnerability management tools.
Therefore, organizations need to ensure that the storage and backup are properly secured during vulnerability management processes. Dedicated storage and security tools must be deployed to provide end-to-end security to all the assets, like storage and backup software and IP/non-IP network components. Another method to ensure compliance is by actively verifying whether or not the backup and storage vendors follow efficient security practices.
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Prioritize Inventory and Remediation
There is a need for powerful inventory listing of storage and backup assets with the growing complexities in the IT environment. Businesses need to understand the scope of these systems to ensure the assets are secure irrespective of their location. Better vulnerability tools need to be stationed in a way that they can locate the software, hardware, and all the cloud data. At the same time, with multiple vulnerabilities in current storage and backup systems, it is challenging for businesses to deploy successful remediation strategies. To address this challenge, companies need to adopt adequate risk evaluation procedures before practicing vulnerability management.
To simplify the remediation process, companies need to prioritize the crucial vulnerabilities that actively threaten businesses, especially when the resources are limited, scarce, or overloaded. This step takes off attention to diminishing every vulnerability. It guides businesses to focus on immediate threats that might adversely affect the IT environment.
Vulnerability Management is More than Just Scanning
A solid vulnerability strategy is more than just running a scan to prioritize vulnerabilities that need immediate attention within the infrastructure. In addition to scanning, vulnerability management also encompasses patch and IT asset management that helps address misconfigurations or code errors that the attacker can leverage to exploit the environment and other loopholes in operating systems, like the applications running on a wide range of devices and firmware. Furthermore, businesses must adhere to security information and event management (SIEM) as part of the vulnerability management schema combined with threat intelligence to streamline and prioritize appropriate actions.
At the same time, vulnerability management acts as a base for attack surface management (ASM) tools that enhance asset visibility and audit compliance reporting that offers actionable intelligence and metrics.
Independent Endpoint Practices
With the evolving threat landscape, vulnerability management platforms are shifting rapidly. Most of the processes managed by the cloud could be more significantly managed at the endpoint by decentralizing functions endpoints to leverage the untapped potential. Companies need to resonate vital features with vulnerability management tools by orchestrating automation and powerful endpoint capabilities to elevate current patch management, vulnerability scanning, and remediation.
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Vulnerability Management as a Service (VMaaS) Will Be a Thing
A popular trend is the adoption of managed services/SaaS environments that can be externally managed by offloading vulnerability management to third parties. VMaaS, with a risk-based approach, allows businesses to detect vulnerabilities across entire digital platforms like the internet, applications, systems, cloud, and hardware. It also guides firms to monitor, verify and remediate issues rapidly.
Vulnerabilities in Container
As per a recent report by KuppingerCole, the container security market is projected to reach 2.63 billion USD by 2025 with a CAGR of 25.7%. Containers actively resonate with modern DevOps methodologies that assure continuous delivery and automation deployment. This represents a breakthrough in the development and management of cloud-native services. At the same time, there is a need to secure containerized applications of the underlying infrastructure at every development layer, enabling container security to cover the complete area of cybersecurity. Vulnerability management platforms are comprehensively adopting features that entirely focus on containerized environments. Numerous vendors have employed modern container vulnerability scanning practices and vulnerability management features.
More and More Vulnerabilities in 2023
Rising threats have necessitated the adoption of effective vulnerability detection in storage and backup services, making them a vulnerable target. Powerful manipulation in storage and backup makes the attack significant and a lot more challenging to defend.
Undetectable breaches leave the user with corrupted data, prompting them to pay the ransom or let the data lose. Simultaneously, infections in the recovery data cause delays in threat recovery. This gives threat actors ample time to seize and regain control over the infrastructure. Such attacks are challenging even after deploying current detection and vulnerability management tools. Therefore, businesses need to implement robust strategies to increase threat visibility and gain control even after the cyberattack.
As per Security and Vulnerability Management Market Report, by Markets and Markets, the global security and vulnerability management market is projected to grow to USD 18.7 billion by 2026 at a CAGR of 6.3%. It is evident that a system will always have vulnerabilities in a market with such a rapid growth. However, businesses are in a position to defend themselves and must adopt current vulnerability management approaches.
Simultaneously, accelerating digital transformation initiatives like cloud migration has significantly expanded the attack surface. Firms need to actively adopt these future-ready trends to excel in prevention, detection, and mitigation strategies allowing integration of vulnerability scanning and remediation earlier in the developmental software cycle.
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