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What is threat and vulnerability management?

Threat and vulnerability management is a proactive approach to endpoint security that provides your organization with insights into vulnerabilities and whether your configuration posture is insecure. With these insights, you can mend your security loopholes before they lead to a breach.

The need for remote threat and vulnerability management tool

The sudden shift to remote work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has had a notable impact on organizations, especially on the security front. Having a sizable amount of employees working remotely and exposed to the internet widens the attack surface.

According to Spiceworks, 92 percent of IT professionals are concerned about the security of company-owned devices used from home.

On top of that, the recent emergence of zero-days in remote collaboration and video conference tools like Zoom has put organizations in a state of panic. Besides tackling the rising cybersecurity challenges that have cropped up in the wake of the pandemic, organizations need to be future-ready; with telecommuting gradually becoming the new norm, there is a dire need to make IT infrastructure conducive to a safer work-from-home experience.

ManageEngine's threat and vulnerability management software for remote IT

To address all of these concerns at once, ManageEngine brings you Vulnerability Manager Plus, our future-proof threat and vulnerability management solution that protects remote workforces at any scale. Perfectly equipped to handle a distributed workforce, it helps you stay protected against vulnerabilities and misconfigurations, even if your end users work outside your corporate boundaries.

Below, we discuss how the various capabilities of Vulnerability Manager Plus can help you overcome the setbacks of securing your remote workforce, and the ways it can help you efficiently maintain good cyberhygiene.

Continuous monitoring and control over your remote workforce

You can't secure what you can't see. With remote users constantly going in and out of the network, you can't rely on your virtual private network (VPN) connectivity to scan your endpoints. Instead, maintain uninterrupted visibility into your remote endpoints across your entire global hybrid IT with our advanced, multipurpose agents. From scanning threats and vulnerabilities to deploying remediations, everything is carried out seamlessly with the help of our lightweight, remote agents. Learn more

Boundless accessibility and central management

Vulnerability Manager Plus is web-based, meaning you can access it from anywhere across the globe. All you need is a browser and internet connectivity. With just that, you can execute all the threat and vulnerability management processes and routines for your remote workforce right from a central console.Learn more

Assess vulnerabilities and prioritize your response

Attackers know what works and what doesn't. With end-user machines exposed to the internet, it's an opportune time for attackers to weaponize easily exploitable issues that impact a wider audience. Therefore, prioritizing the vulnerabilities that are most likely to be exploited in the near future is pivotal for effective threat and vulnerability management.

Our threat and vulnerability management policy enables you to go beyond the traditional CVSS scores and analyze risks based on context and other metrics such as age, severity, number of assets affected, exploitability, and patch availability. Learn more

Patch remotely without impairing end-user productivity

As a complete threat and vulnerability management solution, Vulnerability Manager Plus brings closure to prioritized vulnerabilities with built-in automated patching. While patching remotely might sound next to impossible, there are a few ways in which Vulnerability Manager Plus can help circumvent remote patching challenges:

  • Don't let untimely patching routines interrupt C-level executives’ important video calls. Instead, have patches deployed to specific users during system startup to ensure their OSs and applications remain current without any interruptions.
  • Bid adieu to bottlenecking due to limited bandwidth in VPN gateways. Have your remote clients download the essential patches from trusted vendors directly without having to wait to log on to your network via VPN.
  • Don't want to drive your remote users crazy with repeated pop-ups every five minutes? Give them the flexibility to postpone patch deployments and subsequent reboots, and delay notifications until a time they choose.
  • While giving users the flexibility to postpone patches and reboots, you can also ensure they're only postponed for so long by implementing a time limit for when deployment will happen automatically.
  • Configure flexible schedules for patch deployment, and customize reboots to happen only on weekends to avoid irritating your remote employees.
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Ensure a secure foundation for your remote systems and servers

The threat and vulnerability management process doesn't end with mending vulnerabilities in OSs and applications. Often, it's the overlooked security configurations that attackers leverage to worm between your network resources laterally. When working remotely, it's important to go the extra mile in testing your defenses, and fix security configurations that are out of alignment. The extensive array of security configuration assessments in Vulnerability Manager Plus allow you to:

  • Ensure antivirus is in place, enabled, and up-to-date with the latest definition files. If not, you can deploy the latest definitions to target machines in a single click.
  • Monitor the ports in use and the processes running on them, and identify unintended ports that may have been activated by malware or unknown applications.
  • Put web server misconfigurations into context, and gain remediation details to harden your web servers.
  • Prevent brute-force attacks by enforcing a combination of stringent password policies and account lockout policies.
  • Identify the assets in which BitLocker encryption is disabled.
  • Ensure connections are blocked in the firewall to the NetBIOS trio, the infamous WannaCry abettor port 445, and other vulnerable ports that allow unauthorized and unintended actions.
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Establish a secure channel for remote workforce management

By configuring the WAN agents of remote clients to access the product servers via a secure gateway, you can secure the Vulnerability Manager Plus server and its contents from threat actors. Learn more

Remove risky software from your remote computers

Your network is only as strong as your weakest link. Don't let malicious peer-to-peer software, legacy OSs, or insecure remote desktop sharing tools leave your network breached, confidential data stolen, or worse—cause irrevocable damage to your brand reputation. Sniff out high-risk software from your remote user machines and uninstall them right away. Learn more

About Vulnerability Manager Plus

ManageEngine Vulnerability Manager Plus is a prioritization-focussed threat and vulnerability management tool with built-in remediation capabilities. It enables you to assess and prioritize vulnerabilities, automatically correlate and deploy patches, resolve security misconfigurations, harden web servers, uninstall high-risk software, and audit open ports and obsolete software in your enterprise.