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The Flaw in Vulnerability Management: It's Time to Get Real
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JimS980
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JimS980,
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8/16/2019 | 1:20:40 PM
Re: The real problems facing vulnerability management are...
Automation always has it's limits and challenges. Working across and breaking down the organizational silo's  is certainly a big part of the challenge. But failure to develop the conditional logic and overcome the langage barriers between organizations is not a good enough excuse for not moving forward. Certainly the degree of auto remediation is limited to those vulnerabilities that you can ascertain with certaintity and resolve effectively. We recently implemented at a large retailer and we were able to resolve almost 80% of the predefined health checks and vulnerabilities automatically. The remainder required some human intervention. This translated to a significant SLA improvement and huge savings in time and money. Will they ever get to 100% is unlikely or maintain 80% is hard to say, but they have already benefited and arguably will continue to do so to varying and justifiable degree's going forward. 
seven_stones
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8/16/2019 | 11:14:47 AM
The real problems facing vulnerability management are...
This article centres mostly around faster remediation and advocates automating this (patch deployment), and cites this as the main problem facing TVM capabilities. Automatic remediation is an extraordinarily bad idea, almost as bad as mayo on chips (french fries). This is basic IT operations 101. It's. A. Terrible. Idea.

No - the 2 main problems:
  • Staff in infosec are unable to speak the same language as IT teams who will address the problem and sign-off on the change request. Mostly they lack an attack mindset. They're not in a position to empathise and effectively justify the change.
  • lets say the aforementioned problem is not a problem, even then the tools used for automation of vulnerability assessment are BAD. I mean really bad. The market is so poorly served by vendors who managed somehow to get their name in the Gartner Magic Quadrant.


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