Managing Vulnerabilities

The management of vulnerabilities is certainly the oldest cybersecurity subject but unfortunately still too often left to the neglect

The implementation of an effective vulnerability management process (from identification to correction) is one of the flagship measures to guard against the various growing threats that go for low-hanging fruit by exploiting vulnerabilities in unpatched systems.

Above and beyond updating and applying corrections for servers and workstations there is now a need to also include consideration of mobile equipment and cloud-hosted components. Even if the subject seems simple on paper, in practice it is quite complex, especially in large companies. Moreover, its “dull” aspect distracts the operational teams from this subject to focus on more “modern” and “motivating” themes.

Yet the implementation of a real vulnerability management in continuous improvement mode brings a lot of value for any company willing to go down this route, and allows us to work on the “fundamentals” of IS management: what are my assets? where are they? who do they belong to? what are their criticality levels? what is the governance?

The implementation of several tools and/or infrastructures for vulnerability management is often necessary in organizations in order to identify vulnerabilities on all types of equipment both on OT as well as IT. The key is then to obtain an overall view of one’s exposure as well as to follow up on the associated action plans. This reporting and monitoring work throughout the year is essential to reduce its exposure to risk and any “hole” in the system often leads to a significant drop in the level of security.

Synetis offers its customers both technical expertise on the various tools available on the market, as well as a management-oriented approach that makes it possible to disseminate high-level reporting to promote decision making within the organization and to unblock the various hard points of governance.

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