Vulnerability assessment

Vulnerability assessment - ManageEngine Vulnerability Manager Plus

Are you a diligent IT admin with your hands glued to your system, eyes riveted on the monitor? Are you constantly probing the internet for new threats and categorizing discovered vulnerabilities in a vain attempt to prevent your organization from falling victim to a cyberattack? Well, you may be biting off more than you can chew.

New vulnerabilities are identified every 90 minutes. But don't panic; ManageEngine has the solution. Vulnerability Manager Plus is a smart, comprehensive vulnerability assessment tool that saves you time and effort by helping you:

  • Continually detect vulnerabilities as and when they appear.
  • Prioritize where to focus first.
  • Utilize built-in patching to remediate vulnerabilities instantly.

Watch the video below for a quick glance at the Vulnerability Manager Plus console.

How to do Vulnerability Assessment with ManageEngine Vulnerability Manager Plus

How does Vulnerability Manager Plus work?

Vulnerability Manager Plus is a well-rounded vulnerability assessment tool that regularly scans your network for vulnerabilities, delivers insights into risk, and helps close the vulnerability management loop instantly with direct remediation from the console.

Vulnerability assessment steps comprise of asset discovery, vulnerability scanning, assessment, and vulnerability remediation.

Ward off looming danger with Vulnerability Manager Plus' vulnerability assessment capabilities.

Eliminate blind spots and keep track of your assets

Eliminating blind spots is the key to efficient vulnerability assessment. As soon as it’s active in your network, Vulnerability Manager Plus automatically discovers all your Active Directory domains and workgroup endpoints. Enterprises that scale up quite often need not worry since new assets will be discovered once they're added to the network. Leveraging endpoint agent technology, you can keep tabs on your desktops, servers, laptops, virtual machines, web servers, databases, and workstations at all times. Whether your assets are in your local office, distributed across remote locations, located within a closed network like a demilitarized zone, or on the move, you can secure them all from a single console.

Gain extensive vulnerability coverage.

Detect all known and emerging vulnerabilities in all supported Windows operating systems and over 500 third-party applications, including content management systems, web servers, and database software. Extend your visibility beyond just software vulnerabilities, and keep tabs on misconfigurations, risky software, active ports, and more to ensure no threats fly under your radar.

Catch vulnerabilities as they appear with continuous vulnerability monitoring.

There's a chance that you might fail to take timely action when you perform manual or scheduled vulnerability scans. Every new endpoint or software brought into your network introduces new vulnerabilities, leaving your IT exposed to prying hackers. To ward off dangers like this, you need to continually monitor your endpoints to identify and resolve new vulnerabilities as they emerge. Since Vulnerability Manager Plus utilizes agent-based scanning, it scrutinizes your endpoints every 90 minutes for new vulnerabilities without disrupting your network operations.

Assess vulnerability risk and prioritize response

The primary goal of a vulnerability assessment is to make your data actionable. So, besides enumerating the vulnerabilities, the vulnerability assessment tool you're planning to deploy must help answer the following questions:

  • Has an exploit been publicly revealed for the vulnerability?
  • How long has the vulnerability been lurking in your endpoints?
  • How difficult is it to exploit the vulnerability?
  • Has the vendor released a patch for the vulnerability?

Attackers have a good idea of what works and what doesn't, so you need to learn, too. In addition to CVSS, Vulnerability Manager Plus sheds light on risk factors such as the availability of exploits, vulnerability age, affected asset count, CVE impact type, and patch availability to help triage exploitable and impactful vulnerabilities. What's more, you can directly search for the CVE IDs you're looking for or filter them to focus on high-impact vulnerabilities.

Vulnerability assessment view in ManageEngine Vulnerability Manager Plus

Vulnerability Manager Plus also features a security news feed that's continually updated with articles on recent vulnerabilities that attackers are discussing, experimenting with, or using, along with current exploits circulating in the wild.

To top it all off, a dedicated zero-day view grants instant visibility into actively exploited and publicly disclosed vulnerabilities.

See what matters most at a glimpse with dashboard widgets

The vulnerability information collected across multiple endpoints is consolidated in a web console for centralized management and represented with meaningful context in dashboard widgets, translating to reliable and timely results. These interactive dashboard widgets are tailored to direct your attention to the most alarming areas in your network.

  • Vulnerability Severity Summary
  • Zero-day vulnerabilities
  • Vulnerability Age Matrix
  • Vulnerabilities Over Time
  • High Priority Vulnerabilities

Vulnerability Severity Summary: Trust the severity ranking.

Vulnerability analysis severity summary - ManageEngine Vulnerability Manager Plus

Don't dismiss the importance of severity rankings; they're the universal vulnerability risk assessment standard. The Vulnerability Severity Summary helps you track the number of vulnerabilities you need to resolve for each severity level, providing better visibility over how many critical vulnerabilities, like the easily exploitable remote code execution (RCE), elevation of privilege, and wormable vulnerabilities, are left unaddressed in your network.

Zero-day vulnerabilities: Know what you're dealing with.

Vulnerability assessment tool - ManageEngine Vulnerability Manager Plus

One of the most crucial aspects of a security vulnerability assessment is how effectively your vulnerability assessment tool keeps you informed of zero-day vulnerabilities. Zero-day vulnerabilities are the easiest targets for hackers since they are made known to the public or exploited in the wild before the vendor is able to release a patch to fix the flaw, so it's critical to ensure they don't get buried among the trifles. Vulnerability Manager Plus, along with a zero-day count chart, gives you an isolated view of zero-day vulnerabilities in your network so you can identify them promptly and either patch them or use an alternative mitigation measure available while waiting for a fix from the vendor. Take a look at how you can mitigate zero-day vulnerabilities with Vulnerability Manager Plus.

Vulnerability Age Matrix: A stitch in time saves nine.

Vulnerability assessment solutions - ManageEngine Vulnerability Manager Plus

When it comes to vulnerabilities, time is the name of the game. The time between the vulnerability announcement and the exploit code disclosure has considerably shrunk in recent years. The longer you wait, the longer you leave your network wide open to attacks.

Critical vulnerabilities can often be exploited automatically without any user interaction, so these flaws have to be resolved immediately. Vulnerabilities categorized as important are more difficult to exploit, but should nevertheless be remediated within 30 days. Any vulnerability considered lower than critical or important should be remediated within 90 days.

The Vulnerability Age Matrix delivers a consolidated view of the age and severity of vulnerabilities, so you can focus your attention on vulnerabilities that need to quashed before the deadline. You can either choose to view the vulnerability age from the day it's published or from the day it's discovered in your network. You can also use the filter to display only vulnerabilities that have public exploits.

Vulnerabilities Over Time: The fewer, the better.

Vulnerability assessment software representing vulnerability trend- ManageEngine Vulnerability Manager Plus

Think of vulnerabilities like holes in a ship. Individually, these holes might not pose a big issue, but eventually their combined effects may end up sinking your entire organization. A quick glance at the vulnerability trend can give you an idea of how well your vulnerability management efforts are paying off. Track your vulnerability assessment progress and stay on top of vulnerabilities. How secure would you feel if you could just bring the number of vulnerabilities close to, if not to, zero?

High Priority Vulnerabilities: Where your primary focus should be!

Vulnerability assessment checklist - ManageEngine Vulnerability Manager Plus

Vulnerability Manager Plus automatically curates a list of vulnerabilities that are on the verge of exploitation. This list takes various risk factors into account, such as how easily exploitable a vulnerability is, its severity, age, and patch availability. This table helps you ensure that you haven't left out any essentials in your vulnerability assessment process.

Leverage built-in patching to ensure swift and accurate remediation

With the built-in patching functionality automatically correlating patches with corresponding vulnerabilities, you can deliver instant remediation to all affected machines directly. Not only can you decide when patching should begin and end, but you can also customize every aspect of your patching process using flexible deployment policies. Affected target systems are automatically listed; here, you can add or remove targets as desired. You can also retry patch deployments on failed targets as many times as you want and choose to be notified about the deployment status at a frequency of your choosing.

Vulnerability remediation workflow - ManageEngine Vulnerability Manager Plus

This integrated vulnerability and patch management approach eliminates the need for multiple agents, disparity in data transferred between multiple solutions, potential delays in remediation, unnecessary silos, and false positives. Vulnerability Manager Plus also empowers you with a separate patch management module to completely automate your regular patching schedules, enabling your IT staff to spend more time on assessing and prioritizing high-risk vulnerabilities.

How can I view the complete list of CVEs affecting my endpoints?

Vulnerability Manager Plus boasts a dedicated Detected CVEs view that lists all the CVEs affecting your network endpoints. All you have to do is select the desired CVEs then click Fix CVE to instantly create a patch deployment task in all the affected machines.

Detected CVEs view in ManageEngine's vulnerability assessment tool

How can I access drilled-down information on vulnerabilities in individual systems?

Clicking on a system takes you to a drilled-down view that clusters vulnerabilities of the system into three major categories:

Drilled-down view of assets in ManageEngine’s vulnerability assessment tool

  • The Software Vulnerabilities section enumerates vulnerabilities in the OS and third-party applications installed on the system.
  • The Server Vulnerabilities section displays vulnerabilities in web servers, databases, or content management software installed on the system, if any.
  • The Zero-day Vulnerabilities section displays the actively exploited and publicly disclosed vulnerabilities affecting the system.
What is risk-based vulnerability management software? - ManageEngine Vulnerability Manager Plus

Save yourself from the densely populated club of cybercasualties.

Schedule a demo.Free, 30-day trial.

The benefits of using ManageEngine's vulnerability assessment tool

Vulnerability Manager Plus is the only vulnerability assessment tool you need to tackle the challenges that crop up during your vulnerability management process. See below for the four common scenarios IT admins often run into while managing vulnerabilities and how ManageEngine's vulnerability assessment tool helps address them:

High-risk vulnerabilities that need to be remediated immediately

Vulnerabilities posing unequal risk? Prioritize vulnerabilities by exploitability and impact, and remediate them, across an environment of any size, by deploying the latest patches in no time.

Vulnerabilities that can be patched on a scheduled basis

Too many vulnerabilities to patch? With built-in patching, you can automate your regular patching schedules to keep your endpoints up-to-date with security updates and non-security patches, clearing your IT staff's schedule so they can focus on what matters most.

Vulnerabilities that require compensation controls until patches are available

Vulnerability Manager Plus offers a dedicated view to swiftly identify zero-day or publicly disclosed vulnerabilities and apply work-arounds to mitigate the flaw before fixes arrive. It also keeps you abreast of OSs and applications that have or are about to become obsolete, meaning they’ll no longer receive patches from the vendor.

Vulnerabilities that can be exempt from patching

Create custom groups to isolate high-availability servers and exclude less critical vulnerabilities from them to prevent downtime. ‌Utilize the decline patch feature to deny problematic patches for production machines until vendors come up with a revised version of the patches.

More resources related to vulnerability assessment

cisa cover

CISA reveals the top 30 most exploited vulnerabilities since 2020

Learn more
essential-ebook-cover

7 essential vulnerability management questions answered

Learn more
cpc-top-banner

5 benefits of integrated patch and vulnerability management

Learn more

6 top risk factors to triage vulnerabilities effectively

Learn more

Frequently asked questions about vulnerability assessment

What is a vulnerability assessment (or vulnerability analysis, to be more precise)?

A vulnerability assessment is the process of identifying, evaluating, and classifying security vulnerabilities based on the risk they present to your enterprise, so that you can narrow down to the most threatening ones for timely risk reduction. It is a proactive approach towards endpoint security, providing your organization with insights on what vulnerabilities are more likely to be exploited, so you can quickly patch the worst flaws before they lead to a breach.

Why do you need a vulnerability assessment tool?

According to a recent Forrester Global Security Survey, "49 percent of organizations have suffered one or more breaches in the past year, and software vulnerabilities were the largest factor in those breaches." On top of this, vulnerabilities have skyrocketed in recent years. A heaping 22,022 security vulnerabilities were found in 2018, emphasizing the importance of vulnerability assessment efforts in organizations.

Sadly, no security team possess the resources or time to deal with every single vulnerability manually. Even if you did, you need to address the most serious ones first, because not all vulnerabilities pose equal threat to an organization. Now imagine if you had a vulnerability assessment tool that provided the background information you need; this would help you see what's likely to be exploited and what's not, so you can address the urgent flaws first.

Benefits of vulnerability assessment:

  • Early identification of imminently exploitable threats that require little to no user intervention.
  • Putting the vulnerabilities in context to understand their priority, urgency, and impact.
  • Prioritizing response such as patching / mitigation workarounds.
  • Avoiding hefty fines for not conforming to cybersecurity compliance and regulations like HIPAA and PCI DSS.
  • Patching might interfere with the on-going operations of the business. With a vulnerability assessment software, you can draw distinctions between what's likely to be exploited and what's not, so that you can put off patching less critical issues the cost of fixing which would out weighs its risk.

How to assess security vulnerabilities- vulnerability assessment checklist:

Most vulnerability assessment tools provide common metrics such as severity ratings and Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) ratings to assess security vulnerabilities. However, to truly understand the risks posed by a vulnerability, you need to look beyond those basic metrics.

You should take the following checklist into consideration while performing a security vulnerability analysis:

  • Has an exploit been publicly revealed for the vulnerability?
  • How long has the vulnerability been lurking in your endpoints?
  • How difficult it is to exploit the vulnerability?
  • Has the vendor released a patch for the vulnerability?
  • Have you employed a vulnerability assessment tool to extract meaningful insights from gathered scan data?
  • Does your vulnerability assessment tool offer any mitigation controls in the event that a patch isn’t available?
  • Do the affected assets include databases and web servers that hold critical data and perform crucial business operations?

If you're trusting your organization’s security to vulnerability assessment tools, make it a rule to see if your current solution helps you meet the above vulnerability assessment checklist.