Choose the Right VRM Technology
Most companies use some form of vulnerability risk management (VRM) technology when identifying and preventing potential security threats. This technology is relatively straightforward and is usually considered effective, but not all programs are created alike. Companies often fail to understand the true value of their VRM technology, which makes it difficult for the company to know whether they are getting a return on their investment. Worse yet, using the wrong VRM technology may leave the company exposed to potential vulnerabilities. Use this vulnerability management white paper from NopSec to learn how to choose the right VRM tool for your company.
Challenges When Measuring the Value of VRM Technology
There are many different vulnerability management programs on the market today, and most of them do exactly what they were designed to do. The problem is that many companies fail to utilize this technology properly or fail to realize how it impacts their organization.
Companies tend to encounter obstacles when ascribing value to their VRM technology. The most common of which include:
Leadership Doesn’t Understand the VRM Technology or How It Impacts the Organization
Corporate leaders often pay attention to how much they are spending on digital security and risk management without considering the full impact these programs are having on the organization. But measuring digital security isn’t the same as measuring throughput.
For example, how do you ascribe value to a breach that never occurred? If your VRM technology spotted the vulnerability and your team remediated the issue before the attack occurred, it’s impossible to calculate how much the company saved by using this technology.
The VRM Doesn’t Fit the Business’ Needs
Every company is different. Many organizations invest in VRM technology without a full picture of what their company really needs. The program should be tailored to the company’s workflow, so the correct individuals will be notified when a vulnerability has been detected. The system should also integrate data from several sources into a single user interface, so staff can quickly make sense of the situation at hand. Companies may also mistakenly pay for features they don’t need.
The Technology is Outdated
Cyber threats continue to evolve with every passing year. Companies should only use VRM technology that’s designed to keep up with these threats. That means regularly scanning for threats based on publicly available databases. However, many programs simply rely on the information provided by the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) without accounting for false positives or asset classification.
The Company Has Difficulty Hiring Skilled Resources
Many companies and organizations simply lack the resources and technical knowledge to properly use these tools while monitoring for potential vulnerabilities. Even if the VRM technology is working and identifying all possible threats, the company needs to have the right people in place to quickly remediate these issues.
Competing Operational Demands Get in the Way
Workers often wear many hats in today’s workplace, and security may be one of their many responsibilities. However, these diverging demands can lead to burnout and high turnover rates. Security teams should have enough time to focus on their work while communicating their needs to management.
Finding the Right VRM Technology
When choosing a VRM tool for your organization, consider the following:
Understand the Full Scope of the VRM
You should have a thorough understanding of how this technology will ultimately fit into your workflow. Ensure you have the right staff in place to use the VRM effectively.
Align Technology and Resources with Your Business Objectives
Incorporate digital security into the bigger picture when setting objectives for your business. Security shouldn’t happen in a vacuum. It’s often vital to sales, customer service, and other aspects of your company.
Use a SaaS Solution to Keep Up with the Changing Threat Landscape
If your current VRM isn’t keeping up with how fast these threats are evolving, use a software-as-a-service (SaaS) program to augment your security system. These programs are routinely updated to ensure maximum protection.
Define and Measure VRM Success
You should have a clear idea of what a successful vulnerability remediation program should look like. Establish clear key performance indicators and track the success of your program over time.
The right vulnerability management tools will help your organization protect valuable information.
Download the full report from NopSec to learn more about the latest VRM technology and how this technology can boost your organizations’ existing vulnerability management program.