Discover and remediate vulnerabilities – in real time.
in data loss are often caused by breaches using known, unpatched
vulnerabilities. Today’s threat landscape is changing at an alarming pace, with
thousands of new vulnerabilities reported annually and the growing complexity
of the organization’s environment.
a threat and vulnerability management program in place that allows them to identify vulnerabilities,
and to remediate and minimize the window of opportunity for attackers.
become an industry leader in the delivery of Threat and Vulnerability
Management within for organizations of all sizes.
With the Threat & Vulnerability Management services from Smarttech247, our clients will be reassured that, even with a distributed workforce and complex environments, their data is secure. Our Vulnerability Management department works as an extension of your team, to secure assets, reduce risk and respond to incidents.
What Are the
Benefits of a Vulnerability Management Program?
management is more than just scanning and getting alerts whenever your
infrastructure needs a patch applied. Organizations need to make informed
decisions and properly prioritize vulnerabilities, because not all carry the
same risks. With a vulnerability management program by Smarttech247, your
organization can prioritize remediation, apply security patches, and allocate
security resources more effectively.
Various compliance frameworks require organizations to have a comprehensive vulnerability management and threat program in place. Our vulnerability management services help your organization maintain compliance across industry regulations, and also demonstrate it by having detailed reports in place.
threat management is not an easy process to manage. Many organizations are
lacking the in-house tools and skills to have a robust process in place. Here
are examples of challenges that businesses face today when it comes to
Lack of prioritization
& risk understanding
Masses of new
vulnerabilities are born every day which brings various challenges to security
teams, and the volume and complexity of new vulnerabilities means that they
need to be prioritized based upon the risks they pose to your business assets
as they come into play. Priority needs to be given to the threats that are most
dangerous to an organizations most valuable assets as the severity of some
vulnerabilities can often be deceiving – this is where expertise and knowledge
of the overall risk is essential.
have limited visibility over their assets and inventory. When a new
vulnerability is discovered, you turn to your asset inventory to determine how
many assets are in scope for this risk and how many can be safely patched. But
without the detailed profile of each asset, this job becomes impossible. What
you cannot see, cannot be protected and so you need to have complete visibility
over your network in order to stand a chance at protecting it.
ownership and responsibility
Asset ownership is
often limited to out-of-date spreadsheets or incomplete data from multiple
sources, providing holed in your security. Each asset/ asset group much have an
owner and this owner must be held accountable for keeping records, updating
changes and notifying the appropriate personnel of potential threats and
Communication is key
for any organization to implement an effective vulnerability management
program. Often, poor communication channels between IT, IT security and
management can lead to issues that undermine the efficiency of the program.
These issues vary from misunderstood expectations and deadlines, personnel not
being informed and deadlines not being hit. Keeping informed is imperative to
keeping unknown vulnerabilities out.
of unmanageable vulnerabilities
Due to the
integration of various systems across an organizations network, if one system
goes down it can often have a rippling effect. Today, many organizations
prioritize vulnerabilities based on some level of asset importance
classification. However, this often generates too much data for remediation
teams to take an informed action. This can lead to potentially millions of
critical vulnerabilities detected in larger organizations. So how can the
critical vulnerabilities be prioritized? Additional expertise and context is
necessary to get a true picture of actual risk across your environment.
Organizations might consider additional factors in threat prioritization, such
as the exploitability or value of an asset, the correlation between the
vulnerability and the availability of public exploits.
The Vulnerability Management Process
1. Preparation and Policy Creation
The first step is to define the scope of the threat and vulnerability management process. Smarttech247 will work with you to create a procedure on vulnerability monitoring, risk assessment of vulnerability, asset patching, asset tracking, and any necessary coordination responsibilities.
2. Identifying vulnerabilities
The first and most essential step in any vulnerability management process is to bring to light all of the vulnerabilities that may exist across your environment. A vulnerability scanner will be deployed to scan the full range of accessible systems that exist—from laptops, desktops, and servers on to databases, firewalls, switches, printers, and beyond. We will generate reports for both Management teams as well as IT teams to help the organization understand the risk, prioritize the vulnerabilities and plan for remediation. Not all vulnerabilities carry the same risk, so a prioritization process is very important. We will help you prioritize these by the MITRE Common Vulnerabilities and Exposure (CVE) Score as well as by the unique risk they pose to your organization.
3. Remediation and Patching
The patching process can at times be complex, as with many devices and numerous applications you need to ensure everything is kept up to date. Vulnerability patch management is not just something you can manage as an afterthought. It plays an important role in your organization’s security systems. Smarttech247 will help you streamline your vulnerability patching process by defining a policy and implementing patching programs that are efficient and non-disruptive, and most importantly, keep your organizations from malicious attacks exploiting your vulnerabilities, including zero days.
4. On-going Security Validation
To keep up with the accelerated threat of vulnerabilities, organizations need to incorporate into their threat and vulnerability management program robust security validation, such as Red Teaming and Penetration Testing. The Smarttech247 service offers a full suite of application and infrastructure testing. Our teams use manual and automated methodologies to provide thorough evaluations of your assets and to provide risk prioritization and mitigation recommendations.