Risk exists as vulnerabilities in assets across your distributed environment. But not all vulnerabilities pose risk to your business. How do you determine which ones you should remediate? Use these 7 practical questions to help you prioritize vulnerabilities based on the risk to your business – and focus your mitigation efforts on the ones that matter most.
Vulnerability management is a difficult but essential part of business risk management –an ongoing process of detecting and remediating issues in your environment.
When reviewing the results of a vulnerability scan from a scanner, the data can be overwhelming, with hundreds or thousands of potential vulnerabilities detected. It’s not reasonable to expect anyone to remediate every single detected vulnerability, especially when many may be false positives. So how should you determine which vulnerabilities to remediate?
Prioritization is key. We’ve compiled 7 practical questions to help you establish which exposures pose the most risk to your organization.
Before you start
Contextual knowledge is critical to determining if a vulnerability is a realistic threat in your environment.
With this information in hand, move on to these 7 questions to quickly prioritize and address your vulnerability scan results:
Vulnerability scans simply identify the security gaps in your environment – often in large numbers. Not all represent a risk to your business. Take the time to prioritize your assets and use these 7 questions to help you focus your efforts on the vulnerabilities that matter the most.
If your organization needs assistance with vulnerability prioritization or mitigation, SilverSky can help. Learn more about our vulnerability management services here.