Vulnerability Management Tools & Vulnerability Management Software
Managing vulnerabilities on a constant basis is much more effective than a standalone vulnerability assessment.
There are multiple tools that cater for different operating systems. Each one has different benefits and remediation features that provides security teams with effective security tools.
Some of the best known vulnerability management tools are listed below:
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GFI LanGuard is vulnerability management software that performs vulnerability management scanning and finds gaps in common operating systems. It provides patch management for operating systems, third-party apps, and web browsers.
Tenable provide multiple products including Nessus; best-in-class vulnerability assessment software. Nessus Expert has the capability to provide external attack surface scans.
Tripwire is a vulnerability management product that provides network discovery, asset inventory, and vulnerability assessment.
Qualys is a cloud-based platform that provides detection, mitigation, and protection against vulnerabilities.
Each product has its merits and can help with the vulnerability management process.
What is the difference between vulnerability assessment and vulnerability management?
Vulnerability assessment provides visibility of vulnerabilities at a specific moment in time.
Using a vulnerability scanner, a list of weaknesses will present themselves. Companies such as ConnectDS are then able to present this list to the client, including notes about false positives and and suggested improvements to security controls.
The client will then have a list of known vulnerabilities that they can use to prioritize remediation.
Vulnerability management is slightly different. This involves using a wider system that proactively and constantly scans environments.
The SOC (security operations center) performing vulnerability management for a client still uses vulnerability scanning software, but provides reporting on a regular basis as agreed.
As there is a recurring reporting process in place, organisations can implement solutions and nullify threats as they appear.
Hence, a vulnerability management system is a more proactive solution.
Does vulnerability management include remediation?
It is a common misconception that vulnerability management includes the remediation of vulnerabilities.
Vulnerability management does not include the remediation of vulnerabilities that are discovered. The purpose of vulnerability management is to identify these for the client so that their company can prioritize areas to patch and fix.
ConnectDS and The Vulnerability Management Process
As part of any vulnerability management system, vulnerabilities discovered will be reported to the client. This includes zero-day vulnerabilities so that the client can stay one step ahead.
What are the key benefits to the ConnectDS vulnerability management service?
ConnectDS manged security services are heavily focused on the consultative efforts of our team, With the implementation of our VMaaS/VMS services you leverage our teams expertise, internal content, processes and technical solutions. Some of the key benefits are:
- Fast identification and classification on security vulnerabilities/weaknesses or high profile vulnerability exposures.
- Establishing best practice vulnerability management program providing visibility of your digital assets and network connected devices
- Measurement of the effectiveness of your in-house or outsourced patch management process
- Reduced risk of security vulnerabilities leading to a successful cyber attack / security breach
- Scheduled Custom reporting and proactive identification of vulnerabilities and impacts
- Scheduled meetings and consultation and remediation prioritisation of identified vulnerabilities
- Fully managed service for the comprehensive management of vulnerabilities
- Continual Service Improvement using proven processes
- Meet industry and regulatory compliance and advisory benchmarks including PCI, NIST, SANS etc
- Reduced vulnerabilities exposure thus reducing the chances of a successful cyber attack being performed against your business.
Frequently Asked Questions about Vulnerability Management Systems:
Please see below for some common questions on our Vulnerability Management solutions, if you would prefer to speak to someone then give us a call and speak to one of our team in our global SOC.
What is vulnerability management system?
A vulnerability management system is either software or a process used to manage vulnerabilities.
As software, a vulnerability management system seeks to identify where software might need patching, or has reached its end of life period.
Why do we need vulnerability management?
You need vulnerability management to help to reduce your attack surface and keep both assets and data secure.