Vulnerability remediation tracking is one of the important components of cyber security practices. In this blog post, we gathered all the necessary information you must have in regards to this topic.
What is a Vulnerability?
No matter how carefully planned or implemented, each security measure has its own vulnerable spots. These spots are the easiest targets to be aimed by an attacker. Since they are ‘vulnerable,’ it takes less time and effort to penetrate through these spots into your systems and networks. That is why your cyber security team must pay attention and spend time on detecting and remediating such vulnerabilities. All in all, your systems are as safe as their most vulnerable spot.
What is Vulnerability Remediation?
Simply put, vulnerability remediation refers to the practice of eliminating risks related to the vulnerabilities of your security measures. It involves making regular scans in order to detect vulnerabilities and taking necessary steps to alleviate them.
What is Vulnerability Remediation Tracking?
It is essential to carefully scan vulnerability in order to assure remediation in cyber security. Otherwise, the vulnerabilities in the façade of your organization’s security might go unnoticed for extended periods of time. As a result, your networks and systems can be easily penetrated through their vulnerabilities. That is why vulnerability tracking is one of the most important practices within the scope of cyber security operations.
In order to successfully conduct vulnerability remediation processes, you should employ a streamlined workflow. Thus you can gather data from various sources from all over your network, assess such data and take necessary actions.
Vulnerability remediation processes include detecting trends, managing possible risks and overseeing assignment groups. Some organizations opt for Excel and SharePoint solutions for that. In this method, all the data is brought together in a single spreadsheet. Various members of the organization’s cyber security team go through this spreadsheet to comb through hundreds of vulnerabilities and detect the ones that pose a serious threat. The problem with this method is the fact that these tools are not designed for conducting such tasks: they simply cannot handle intricate data sets. Moreover, you cannot see the data within context. Also, the accuracy of the data processed in such tools is at best, questionable. It might be also beneficial for you to check our Threat hunting playbook article.
What is the Best Way to Track Vulnerability Remediation?
If you aim to conduct your organization’s vulnerability remediation tracking successfully, you need a system that can manage the following tasks:
- Being able to work with various data formats that have flexible normalization
- Ability to oversee normalized data. The tool and/or system you choose must be able to detect and track any changes and modifications.
- Being able to distribute normalized data. More often than not, you will need to export normalized data to external systems.
- Trailing the exported data. This way you can track the distributed data and manage to keep an up-to-date central listing.
- Being able to ensure whether the policy is adhered across numerous systems in which the data is tracked
- Notifying the users when necessary. This feature proves itself important especially in the events of overdue vulnerabilities.
- Being able to report vulnerabilities and their outcomes
SOAR playbooks automate the accumulation process and minimize the manual intervention by analyzing the gathered data and adding context for each vulnerability before manual control is handed over to a security analyst for remediation