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Vulnerability Management Space is Changing but Remains Critical

Over the past five years, the number of vulnerabilities discovered each year has dramatically increased—and the modern attack surface has expanded well beyond the traditional IT landscape. As a result, security teams have more vulnerabilities than they can manage.

Security teams have avoided buying new tools, which only identify vulnerability. Instead, they’re looking to proactively assess, manage, and report the risks posed by those weaknesses. These teams understand that managing cyber risk doesn’t have a start and end date, it is a continuous program that constantly evolves and updates as people, processes, and technologies change across the organization. This ends up creating an environment where teams are searching for a vendor who can enable them to have the right people, process, and technology in one place.

You may have the technology in place, but if you don’t have proper processes and haven’t trained your staff in how to use this technology, then you only create more vulnerabilities. Everyone in the organization needs to be aware of their role in reducing cyber risk, understanding how to spot phishing emails, or handing confidential data.

Processes are key to the implementation of efficient cyber security strategies. It’s vital to define how an organization’s documentations and roles are used to mitigate the risk. It’s also important to define the regulation compliance processes that organizations must meet compliance mandates. But processes are nothing if people don’t follow them correctly.

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Industry analysts are recognizing a shift toward vulnerability prioritization based on the risk posed to your organization and improving remediation activities.

According to the 2021 Gartner® Market Guide for Vulnerability Assessment report, “Vulnerability management remains a critical security operations activity that helps organizations identify assets, prevent threats, and meet compliance mandates. Security and risk management leaders can use this guide to better understand some of the crucial technology elements for a successful VM program.” Arctic Wolf’s Managed Risk is named as a Representative Vendor in this report.

Arctic Wolf Managed Risk goes beyond vulnerability management to continuously scan your networks, endpoints, cloud environments and system configurations to quantify risk-based vulnerabilities, system misconfigurations, and identify account takeover risk. 

Unlike product-based alternatives, or automated approaches that lack proper security operations workflows and miss critical digital risk elements, Arctic Wolf’s Concierge Security Team provides a quantified, real-time understanding of your cyber risks so you can take prioritized action to improve your cyber risk posture. Managed Risk enables you to identify and protect against digital risks to prevent attacks before they occur by limiting the attack surface.

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About the Author

Sule Tatar is a Product Marketing Manager at Arctic Wolf, where she does research on security trends and brings groundbreaking cybersecurity products and services to market. She has extensive experience in the B2B cybersecurity space and holds a bachelor's degree in computer engineering and an MBA.

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