3 Key Points on How Vulnerability Management Can Help You Become Compliant

By Travis Wilkins

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Two interesting observations:

The average number of days that attackers were present on a victim’s network before being discovered is 146 days. (FireEye)

We have observed that a majority of the market is moving toward automated security vulnerability and configuration scanning.

You would be hard pressed to come by a compliance framework that did not require you to have a system to detect and manage vulnerabilities. Vulnerabilities are as old as technology itself, so to call yourself compliant, you first need to demonstrate that you have a sound vulnerability management program in place.

Vulnerability management systems identify common vulnerabilities and exposures (also known as CVEs), alerting you when a server or package is at risk so you can patch it immediately.

Simply by having a vulnerability management program in place, you can often satisfy many other major compliance requirements. In this post, we’ll explain how vulnerability management helps you to become compliant.

1. Vulnerability Management’s Role in Compliance

When it comes to compliance, the name of the game is being able to effectively manage risk. Naturally, vulnerabilities are risks, and every company faces them. But less than 10 percent of organizations actually check for these before deploying a server or application to production. In addition, more than 70% of applications released have one or more known vulnerable components in use.

Why is this happening? It’s not that companies don’t know how to manage it. More often than not, development teams will circumvent the chain of command by installing unauthorized packages or, worse, manually install packages, in order to get their work done. With security left in the dark, detecting and responding to vulnerabilities becomes next to impossible. We’ll venture to guess your auditors would not like to hear that.

Especially if you’re operating in a software-defined environment, you can solve for this by implementing vulnerability management at the workload layer, or the deepest layer of your cloud environment. This way, vulnerability management becomes a part of your continuous development cycle, it doesn’t hinder developers from getting work done, and it automatically ensures that packages are scanned and your team is alerted before something goes out into the wild. You have complete visibility, and the risk is managed by actively monitoring the deployment.

With development, security, and compliance teams working together in a unified manner, the compliance process will go a lot smoother. And when you know exactly what needs to be patched and where, you can make those changes happen in real time and ensure compliance each and every day. The net outcome supports compliance with a process that unifies DevOps and Security teams, allowing for speed with a strong security posture. A win-win.

2. Stay Focused on the Highest Priority Compliance Tasks

Compliance can be a challenging process. But with tools at your disposal to help you identify the highest priority action items that need to be completed to meet and ensure compliance, you can accelerate the compliance process and make it much easier to manage day-to-day.

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