Pair up scanner with data management to advance information security

Batman has Robin. Salt hangs out with pepper. It’s Dungeons and Dragons. Dynamic duos provide synergy not possible on their own, and the result is a leap forward.

With that in mind, what’s lacking from your company’s vulnerability management process is a powerful partnership. You have scanners for identifying vulnerabilities. What you lack is companion technology for managing vulnerability findings.

In this post, we’ll consider how vulnerability findings are currently managed and how to improve your information security by pairing up a scanner with a data management system.

The data dilemma
Vulnerability scanners produce a mountain of data for your company’s InfoSec team to review. All findings must be analyzed and given a severity assessment. There’s pressure to analyze quickly and escalate findings when necessary.

Managing vulnerability findings can require a room full of analysts with a reporting structure. Productivity suffers when reviewing duplicated findings or conducting NVD lookups. There may also be communication challenges with InfoSec not knowing when patches are installed to address known vulnerabilities.

The data dilemma leads to the growing realization that current processes for managing findings  identified by vuln scanners aren’t scalable or even sustainable. As vulnerability findings increase, delays in analyzing them could be disastrous. A data breach would give your InfoSec department a black eye and hurt the company financially. InfoSec has to adapt to a new normal but how?

Create a dynamic duo
The breakthrough in managing vulnerability data comes when you pair up your vulnerability scanner with a data management system to automate data transfer.

The technology enables vulnerability findings to automatically import into the data management system. Findings are then easier to analyze, prioritize, and act upon. Any duplicated findings are deduped. Data from the National Vulnerability Database automatically enriches the transferred data. There’s more time for analysis.

Your vulnerability scanner continues to perform. You just paired it with a data management system to create a dynamic duo. Now your InfoSec team’s job is easier.

Evolve vulnerability management
What if your dynamic duo of scanner and data management system could evolve your processes for managing vulnerabilities? It can when the data management system is part of an integrated risk management (IRM) platform.

The IRM platform gives you a single view of all scans and then prioritizes them based on severity. For example, University of Chicago Biological Sciences relies on a GRC platform that enables users to integrate risk management processes to reduce response time to vulnerabilities. To date, the response time has been reduced by 77 percent.

The platform’s workflow automates escalation paths to levels of authority within the company. Any incidents are managed, from root cause analysis and remediation to record-keeping and archiving. You can map IT risk to business risks for a holistic picture of what’s at stake. Need to impress a higher up? Produce a visual report that drills down to supporting data.

With the right platform, you can do more with less and keep the focus on results. You’re no longer dependent on a spreadsheet or staffing. You’re more productive and less stressed because the platform brings technological prowess to your business processes.

As businesses continue to adopt digital capabilities, InfoSec departments have to evolve to meet the ever-growing number and variety of vulnerabilities. That starts by pairing up your vulnerability scanners with a data management system, so they work together to identify vulnerabilities and manage the findings quickly and efficiently. When vulnerability management is part of an integrated risk management platform, you can evolve how you manage vulnerabilities. The platform equips you with connected and collaborative processes that empower users and enrich capabilities.

By evolving your vulnerability management processes, you can take your program to the next level, and the result is a leap forward in information security.

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