A reliable VMP, one that lets you sleep soundly at night without worrying about ransomware or other types of cyber-attacks, is no longer optional in today’s cyber-threat landscape. It’s essential. So, what does reliable look like? Well, any VMP you can trust to protect your data must have the following capabilities:
It is very difficult to protect assets you don’t even know you have. For this reason, the ability to maintain a comprehensive and up-to-date asset inventory is a fundamental component of any VMP. Your VMP must be able to create a list of all computing assets on your network. And since this list will constantly change, your VMP should be able to keep that list current through regular updates.
In addition to having an accurate and up-to-date inventory of all assets on your system, it is equally important to classify your assets by purpose, function, location, and so on. Having your assets organized in a systematic way enables rapid remediation of vulnerabilities by providing insight into the type and quantity of assets affected.
In addition to discovering and cataloging your assets, the VMP must do something even more important: assess them for vulnerabilities. Comprehensive assessments will not only seek out vulnerabilities, but should also identify any issues with regard to the organizational, regulatory, or legal compliance requirements that your systems are subject to.
Your VMP should be able to generate detailed reports based on these vulnerability assessments and deliver these reports to all appropriate stakeholders. These reports must include all relevant data on the current state of your network assets, flagging anything that needs to be addressed.
Prioritization and Remediation
After discovering, organizing, assessing, and documenting your systems’ vulnerabilities, you will need to develop a remediation plan. Your VMP should be able to facilitate the prioritization of the most important vulnerabilities to remediate, scheduling and applying corrective measures for at least any vulnerabilities categorized as critical or high (CVSS).
After the remediation phase, your VMP should perform an additional vulnerability assessment to verify that you have secured all vulnerabilities as you intended.
Meriplex helps you align your information security strategy with your business goals, reducing your cyber risk and ensuring these controls are effective for your organization. Meriplex’s vulnerability management program identifies, prioritizes, and remediates vulnerabilities before an attacker exploits them to undermine the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of your enterprise information assets. Leveraging Netrality’s interconnected colocation data centers and direct cloud on-ramps, Meriplex ensures the highest performing and most cost-effective solutions for their customers.
Stay tuned for future installments in our 4-part cyber-security blog series on Network Access Controls, Cloud Security, and NextGen AntiVirus.