Vulnerability Management: The Elements of Risk

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Vulnerability Management: The Elements of Risk

Adhering to each stage of the vulnerability management lifecycle and repeating the process regularly will dramatically improve IT security. But when trying to create buy-in with non-IT team members, management, or clients (if you’re an MSP) who aren’t technical and don’t understand the necessity of the service, nor the benefits, you have to explain it to them. The place to start is to make sure they understand the risks of opting out of vulnerability management.  

The simplest way to explain the problem is by identifying the three elements that make up a vulnerability risk. All three vectors must overlap for a viable risk to exist:  

Assets of Value: There must be something of value on the network – including use of the network itself — that represents potential targets of attack. 

Vulnerabilities: There must be weaknesses that could be exploited, such as open ports, unpatched applications, misconfigured network settings, etc. 

Threats: There must be an actual attack, including malware, phishing expeditions, denial of services (DoS) attacks, etc., against a particular vulnerability or weakness. 

There is no actual risk without all three of these elements.  

Once everyone understands the importance of discovering those risks, you need a tool to identify them. \VulScan identifies and helps remediate those vulnerabilities before someone else discovers them. 

VulScan is the industry-leading vulnerability management platform that provides both internal and external vulnerability scanning and can be equipped with an optional portable scanner you can tote from one location to another for ad hoc scans. It includes all the key features and functions you need, without the unnecessary bells and whistles that add complexity and cost. 

Get a demo of VulScan and see how it puts you in the ideal position to deliver vulnerability management and simplify the vulnerability management lifecycle.