Vulnerability management programs exist to identify security vulnerabilities and provide the data necessary to perform remediation. Traditional vulnerability management focuses on tracking live vulnerabilities, and remediation validation takes it one step further and focuses on also tracking closed vulnerabilities – and explains why they’re now resolved.
Remediation validation is important to assess the success of your remediation efforts and whether site objectives have been met. It also enables your company to systemically document your conclusions, decisions, and rationale for remediation plan.
In addition, you may also be subject to regulatory requirements, like PCI DSS, which seeks confirmation that independent verification was performed, by someone other than those that implemented the fixes, and can produce a deliverable that confirms that remediation was successful.
The ultimate goal of vulnerability management is to remediate vulnerabilities.
Yet, industry standard tooling focuses on showing how poor an environment is performing. Alongside this comes a risk score and other performance indicators and pretty charts, all distracting from the main point. Too often organizations get lost tracking vulnerabilities in pretty dashboards, excel spreadsheets, JIRA, ServiceNow, etc. rather than focusing their attention on reducing risk.
Time is spent searching for and integrating security tooling to achieve that ‘single-pane-of-glass’ view. But unless you’re tracking remediation efforts, the vulnerability data is stale as soon as it enters the tracking tool.
Don’t tell me how bad it is, tell me how good i’m doing.
Scoring tools, attack simulation, breach emulation, none of it matters if the organization is not identifying real vulnerabilities and remediating them in a timely manner. A better question to ask yourself is “are we remediating?”. If so, where and how? Nobody wants to see a list of a hundred open issues. Everyone – including your corporate board – likes to see lists of resolved issues.
Remediation management is a return on investment.
Remediation shows the health of an organization’s vulnerability management program, and how quickly issues are being resolved. Sticking to the point, we identify vulnerabilities in order to remediate them. A return on investment for vulnerability management is remediation management. When cybersecurity is typically a loss center, remediation tracking and proof of resolution is a clear signal of success.
How VULNERA helps.
VULNERA helps organizations to continuously monitor for open and closed vulnerabilities. When you remediate, we confirm that the issue is resolved and tell you why. Our single-pane-of-glass requires no additional tooling or integration. That means once we start, all you need to do is remediate, we take care of the rest.
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