What is Smart Vulnerability Management and Why Does it Matter

Five Ways You Can Make Your Vulnerability Management (VM) Program Smart Now
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Most global enterprises today in 2002 have not applied a “Smart” approach to their Vulnerability Management (VM) program. Instead they have inherited the point solution approach where they hobble manual processes, independent tools and services generating reports for each layer of the attack surface. In 2022, it’s time to reset the table. It’s time to go Smart. 

Five Ways You Can Make Your Vulnerability Management (VM) Program Smart Now

So you are convinced that your need to adopt a “Smart” Vulnerability Management (VM) approach but you are not quite sure how to get started or even what to shoot for. Here are Five Very Important Steps you need to take to bring on the “Smart”. 


Number 1 – Understand Business Goals and Then Automate Ranked Alerts 

Yes, take a step back and think holistically how your business runs and what business processes are most critical to achieving your enterprise goals. Talk to your business line leaders and operational staff. Hit the whiteboard and talk through “what if” scenarios. Rank all of your business concerns as it pertains to any potential exposures to your attack surface. Then take on a Smart VM Platform that enables you to rank and automate each alert type across each IT layer so you receive automated business-ranked alerts. This is all done in the set-up stage. This is necessary. This is not sufficient – read on. 


Number 2 – Make Sure Your Vulnerability Management Program 100% Accurate 

Want to ensure your get zero confidence from your support team when you present alerts – send them the automated alerts with no validation and let them spend days chasing false positives. You need to get Smart about the burden of noise generated by automated alerts. You need to adopt a Platform that integrates security specialists that rule our false positives BEFORE they are presented. In 2022, running your VM program virtually false-positive free is doable. VM with virtual 100% accuracy IS smart. 


Number 3 – Don’t Waste Anyone’s Time – Give them the Whole Snapshot and Show Them Clearly What Matters Most 

It’s easy to follow the typical IT stack layered specialist approach. One automated scanning tool for web applications. One tool for API scanning, One tool for network and devices. One ad hoc request for a pen test. For the past 10 years, most global enterprises have taken on the layered pointsolution approach and then spent mountains of times hobbling together fractured intelligence reports across the attack surface. In 2022, that is no longer acceptable, nor is it Smart VM. There are full stack VM platforms that present your security posture in one snapshot They are pre-built to provide one single touchstone of truth that shows your security team AND your operational support team what issues need resolving now. Can we agree to buck the point solution tradition and take on Smart Full Stack VM now? 


Number 4 – Understand Your Operational Support’s Daily Workflow (DO NOT INTERUPT IT) and Become a Part of It 

The vernacular of “Smart” typically places a high emphasis on the Intelligence it produces but when we run a VM Program – we have a higher standard. We have to make the enterprise resilient itself. We have to continuously ensure that the important vulnerabilities are remediated in a timely manner. And the way we do that is take Smart approaches when integrating with support staff’s daily workflow. And this can be as simple as asking the support team how they like to take in their ticket information for seamless resolution. To achieve that seamless workflow integration in 2022 there are Smart VM platforms that integrate with whatever system your support team uses. And like the alert engine – it’s all automated. It’s all Smart. 


Number 5 – Don’t Be An Alert Engine – Be a Remediation Engine 

Congrats if you have completed  the above Four Steps. Now here’s a challenge. On the one side you have continuous, ranked business-intelligent alerts and on the other side you have IT Operational Support staff that are not security experts but who are required to remediate the issue. So how to you get Security Specialist Remediation guidance into the hands of the IT Support staff? Good news once again is that there are Smart VM Platforms that can integrate Security Specialist Validation not only to rule out false positives but to provide timely, contextualized guidance on how to resolve that pressing issue at hand. With a Smart approach, that guidance and be integrated into the ticketing system for easy access or can be just a phone call away for verbal step-by-step specific remediation guidance. And you get bonus Smart points when you adopt proactive security specialist guidance when bad programming patterns are noted and best practice guidance is deployed before a vulnerability is actually picked up. 


Be Smart, Be Bold 

If you take these Five Significant Steps to Smart VM, we allow you to walk with a bit of swagger. For if you now have delivered to your company a proactive, continuous and business-intelligent remediation machine and you have a resilient enterprise to show for it – your Smart VM Program entitles you to bragging rights. If you don’t have your Smart VM swagger yet, let’s talk. 

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