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All types of software and hardware contain flaws which, if left unchecked, can offer opportunities for threat actors to breach your systems. As companies’ IT ecosystems have grown and become more complex, many don’t know exactly what technologies, or how many assets, they possess, let alone how secure they are at any given point in time.
Our Vulnerability Management service combines human intelligence and creativity with automated tools, led by Qualys’ world-leading cloud security and compliance solution. We efficiently locate and identify assets in your estate, and evaluate how they affect your overall risk exposure, taking into account cybercriminals’ current tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs). Against today’s threat landscape, our CREST-certified team reports the vulnerabilities you are affected by, highlighting those which pose the greatest risks and are therefore the highest priority for you to remediate.
Adversaries regularly change their TTPs, so we constantly scan your estate to ensure you’re always as secure as possible. Our goal is to work with you to reduce your risk exposure over time, so that you achieve cyber resilience while keeping within budget and gain a clear return on your investment.
With access to our dedicated customer portal, Clarity, you’ll have a clear view of your reports and what remediation we recommend you carry out to keep your data and your business secure.
Our Vulnerability Management service is a great addition to our Microsoft Sentinel Managed Detection and Response (MDR) service. You can buy it as a standalone service or include it alongside our MDR service where we’ll use the results of your scans to enrich and enhance our threat detections.
What is Vulnerability Management and why do I need it?
Vulnerability management is the process of identifying, evaluating, remediating and reporting on security vulnerabilities in systems. This process, alongside other key security tactics and processes, is vital for organisations to be able to prioritise and respond to possible cyber threats.
Being aware of your organisations’ potential vulnerabilities decreases your chances of being exploited by a cyber breach or attack. Good vulnerability management allows an organisation to minimise their ‘attack surface’.
The vulnerability management process can be broken down into four stages:
- Identification. The first stage is to Identify all of the vulnerabilities which exist across your security ecosystem.
- Evaluation. Once said vulnerabilities have been identified, the next step is to Evaluate the risk they pose to your organisation.
- Remediation. After all vulnerabilities have been correctly identified and evaluated, the next logical step is to determine how best to ‘fix’ the issues. This includes the prioritising of any identified vulnerabilities.
- Reporting. The final step in the vulnerability management process is the Reporting of any discovered vulnerabilities, as well as the evaluation and remediation techniques that were used. By ensuring that vulnerability management is a routine practice, your organisation will have far greater insight around the overall efficiency, speed and cost of the entire vulnerability management process.
What is the difference between a Vulnerability Assessment and Vulnerability Management?
The main difference between a Vulnerability Assessment and Vulnerability Management is that the latter is an ongoing process.
Unlike a Vulnerability Assessment, Vulnerability Management has no defined start and end date.
Vulnerability Management is a process which includes continuous vulnerability assessments. These assessments are conducted at regular intervals – oftentimes, as soon as one assessment is complete, a new one begins immediately. This is because, in Vulnerability Management, vulnerability assessments are completed regularly in order to ascertain what exactly has changed between assessments.
What is Qualys?
Qualys is a cloud security and compliance solution. Qualys helps organisations simplify IT security operations. The Qualys Cloud Platform provides organisations with a global view of their security and compliance solutions in a cost-effective and on-demand model.
Qualys solutions include (but are not limited to) – continuous monitoring, vulnerability management, policy compliance, PCI compliance, security assessment questionnaire, web application scanning, web application and firewall.
What is CREST Accreditation?
A CREST is the not-for-profit accreditation and certification body that represents the technical information security industry.
CREST provides internationally recognised accreditation for organisations providing penetration testing, vulnerability management and cyber incident response and threat intelligence services.