Gone are the days when sysadmins simply scheduled patches for their network a week or two after Patch Tuesday and called it a day. Given the complexity of the current digital landscape, i.e, the scale and diversity of endpoints, applications, and operating systems on networks spread across the globe, many organizations face greater cybersecurity risk today. Not to mention the rate at which vulnerabilities are burgeoning.
Worse still, the coverage of attack vectors beyond the scope of vulnerabilities is constantly widening. This puts pressure on organizations to reorganize their priorities around vulnerability management. But organizations are often overwhelmed with a flood of concerns.
How often should I scan my network? Which areas should I focus on first? Will vulnerability management actually lower risks, or is it merely a compliance chore? What factors should I consider to prioritize high-profile risks? How do I define a better remediation method? Should my security architecture be entirely dependent on patching? What if I come across a zero-day vulnerability in my network?