Understanding the Vulnerability Management Lifecycle

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Understanding the Vulnerability Management Lifecycle

Vulnerability management is an ongoing process. It is a defined and accepted framework that constitutes six phases. This allows you to identify and address vulnerabilities efficiently and in a continuous manner. 

What are the steps in the vulnerability management lifecycle? 

Vulnerabilities continually emerge, with new issues being identified daily. This means that the vulnerability management lifecycle is never-ending. Addressing each of these six steps is critical to your success in minimizing vulnerability risk. 

  1. Discovery: Building an inventory of all assets across the network and host details, including operating systems and open services. You must also develop a network baseline and identify security vulnerabilities on a regular, automated schedule. 
  2. Prioritization: Categorizing assets into groups or business units and assigning a business value to asset groups based on how critical they are to business operation. 
  3. Assessment: Determining a baseline risk profile to eliminate risks based on asset criticality, vulnerability threat, and asset classification. 
  4. Reporting: Measuring the level of business risk associated with assets according to security policies. You also need to develop and document a security plan, monitor suspicious activity, and define known vulnerabilities. 
  5. Remediation: Prioritizing and fixing vulnerabilities in an order determined by business risk. It’s crucial to establish controls and demonstrate progress during this step. 
  6. Verification: Conducting follow-up audits to verify threats have been eliminated. 

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