Yes, the wait is over. In my last blog, 5 Ways to a Kick A$$ Vulnerability Management Program, I outlined the first levels of the vulnerability management maturity model and a few suggested ways to advance your program. Now, let’s take a look at the maturity model’s final levels and steps you can implement to enhance your program even more.
Level 3: Keep the momentum going.
You have the makings of a solid threat and vulnerability management program. Your organization is pushing the envelop beyond scanning and patching. In place is a risk-based approach to patching and identifying critical business assets. Vulnerability data overload is much less of a concern because of analytics in place to enable advanced prioritization. Metrics and reporting is based on asset risk levels, rather than just the number of vulnerabilities and patch activity.
Step #4: Establish continuous processes–beef up your metrics to show trends and focus patching on risk to critical assets. To expand your field of view, start introducing more threat vectors and establish a formal red team for regular testing. Processes at this stage are not only about information security, but also consider IT Operations to improve the speed and effectiveness of remediation.
Level 4: Relish a little, but know that you are not invincible.
Your threat and vulnerability management program is at a level envied by your peers. Moving beyond compliance-driven security, your program is obsessively focused on mitigating risk to critical assets. This is accomplished by ingesting more threat vector data, network configuration data, along with attack intelligence to aid more advanced prioritization methods. Your established processes between information security and IT Operations have resulted in a closed-loop program from threat identification to remediation to validation.
Step # 5: Be the best! Level 5 is all about the business. Business strategy and desired outcomes drive information security goals and your overall threat and vulnerability management program. Vulnerability metrics and attack trends become key risk indicators that align closely with critical assets and acceptable business risk.
Level 5: Congrats! Business leaders in your organization look to you for early warnings of risk to business operations.
No pressure, right? You most likely have formal red and blue teams approaches to penetration testing and can adjust security controls, workflows, and network configurations on a near real-time basis. Your organization is much less susceptible to a breach. In essence, you’ve reached the Valhalla of threat and vulnerability management.
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