Vulnerability Management Best Practices

Reducing your attack surface and minimising threats requires a robust, holistic and strategic approach to vulnerability management to counter increasingly sophisticated and more frequent cyberattacks. Whether you’re a CIO, IT manager or technical engineer, you probably know that vulnerability management is a vital part of any security program. But are you aware that regular vulnerability scans, in isolation, may not be enough to protect your business? Or that vulnerability management should form the foundation of your security program, rather than serve as an ad hoc, tactical operations tool?

This Vulnerability Management Best Practices Guide draws on Shearwater’s extensive experience in vulnerability management to help you identify and remediate security issues before they affect your business. It identifies 5 Vulnerability Management best practices:

A summary has been provided below, with links to resources to dig deeper into your area of interest or, alternatively, download a print-friendly, PDF version of the complete guide Vulnerability Management 101: 5 Best Practices for Success.

What is vulnerability management?

The SANS Institute defines vulnerability management as “the process surrounding vulnerability scanning, also taking into account other aspects such as risk acceptance, remediation, etc… A vulnerability management process should be part of an organisation’s effort to control information security risks. This process will allow an organisation to obtain a continuous overview of vulnerabilities in their IT environment and the risks associated with them. Only by identifying and mitigating vulnerabilities in the IT environment can an organisation prevent attackers from penetrating their networks and stealing information.”¹

¹Tom Palmaers, SANS Institute 2013, Implementing a vulnerability management process