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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Assessment: Determining a baseline risk profile to eliminate risks based on asset criticality, vulnerability threat, and asset classification.
- 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.
- Remediation: Prioritizing and fixing vulnerabilities in an order determined by business risk. It’s crucial to establish controls and demonstrate progress during this step.
- Verification: Conducting follow-up audits to verify threats have been eliminated.
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