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The Value of Unified Vulnerability and Patch Management

Posted by Trevan Marden on Feb 16, 2018

Tvulnerability-patch-management.pnghis week, Cygilant announced its latest service available via the SOCVue Security Operations and Analytics Platform – Unified Vulnerability and Patch Management. Why is this unique and why is it important?

You have likely heard about any number of recent data breaches, ransomware, and other cyber attacks that succeeded due to unpatched vulnerabilities, for which a patch had been available, but was not deployed.  These include WannaCry, NotPetya, and the Equifax breach to name a few. Oftentimes when a vulnerability is discovered, a patch is quickly issued to address that vulnerability, but it may take an organization weeks, or even months, before they identify and apply the needed patch. Vulnerability scanners and patch management solutions aim to help organizations speed up this process, but come with their own challenges.

Let’s take a look at traditional vulnerability and patch management solutions. Typically, these solutions are software only -- so it’s up to you to schedule scans, interpret the results, identify fixes and implement the remediation. Typically, vulnerability management and patch management are siloed solutions – your vulnerability scan might find a vulnerable piece of software and your patching solution might identify a device with software with an available patch – but the two solutions don’t talk to each other. You might spend time hunting down the patch to fix the vulnerability you found, only to realize later that your patch management solution could have deployed that patch. Or, similarly, you might spend time reviewing and applying other patches identified by your patching solution without realizing that this particular patch was more critical to apply quickly because of the vulnerability it addresses. These inefficiencies can have disastrous consequences.  

Unified Vulnerability and Patch Management from Cygilant changes all that. Our services combine the people, process, and technology for effective cybersecurity. We provide our 24x7 Global SOC (GSOC) team of security experts to manage the vulnerability and patching technology and provide a single-pane-of-glass view to see identified vulnerabilities and the patches that address them through our SOCVue Security Operations and Analytics Platform. We provide an auditable workflow to review and deploy patches, prioritized based on risk to your organization. You can quickly see vulnerabilities and available patches, as well as the link between patches and the vulnerabilities they resolve. From there you can review and schedule deployment of the patches.  This unique integration of vulnerability and patch management can help your organization minimize inefficiencies and quickly reduce your attack surface, helping you stay protected against the latest threats.

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