What is involved in Vulnerability management
Find out what the related areas are that Vulnerability management connects with, associates with, correlates with or affects, and which require thought, deliberation, analysis, review and discussion. This unique checklist stands out in a sense that it is not per-se designed to give answers, but to engage the reader and lay out a Vulnerability management thinking-frame.
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Below you will find a quick checklist designed to help you think about which Vulnerability management related domains to cover and 149 essential critical questions to check off in that domain.
The following domains are covered:
Vulnerability management, Antivirus software, Application security, Buffer overflow, Codenomicon, Computer security, Full disclosure, Fuzz testing, Heuristic, IT risk, Installation, International Standard Book Number, Malware, Network security, Open port, Risk management, Social engineering, Software, Software vulnerability, System file, Test automation, Test case, Vulnerability scanner, Zero-day:
Vulnerability management Critical Criteria:
Troubleshoot Vulnerability management management and shift your focus.
– What type and amount of resources does the system develop inherently and what does it attract from the close and distant environment to employ them consequently in the resilience process?
– How can we incorporate support to ensure safe and effective use of Vulnerability management into the services that we provide?
– How and how much Resilience functions performed by a particular system impact own and others vulnerabilities?
– What is the security gap between private cloud cloud computing versus client server computing architectures?
– Does the organization or systems requiring remediation face numerous and/or significant threats?
– What are the different layers or stages in the development of security for our cloud usage?
– Risk of Compromise What is the likelihood that a compromise will occur?
– what is the difference between cyber security and information security?
– Is there any existing Vulnerability management governance structure?
– Consequences of Compromise What are the consequences of compromise?
– What is the nature and character of our Resilience functions?
– What is the likelihood that a compromise will occur?
– What are the consequences of compromise?
– How do we compare outside our industry?
– Who is accountable and by when?
– How do we compare to our peers?
– How are we trending over time?
– What is my real risk?
Antivirus software Critical Criteria:
Chat re Antivirus software issues and track iterative Antivirus software results.
– What are the key elements of your Vulnerability management performance improvement system, including your evaluation, organizational learning, and innovation processes?
– Who will be responsible for deciding whether Vulnerability management goes ahead or not after the initial investigations?
– Does Vulnerability management create potential expectations in other areas that need to be recognized and considered?
Application security Critical Criteria:
Pilot Application security decisions and report on the economics of relationships managing Application security and constraints.
– Is there a Vulnerability management Communication plan covering who needs to get what information when?
– Who are the people involved in developing and implementing Vulnerability management?
– Who Is Responsible for Web Application Security in the Cloud?
Buffer overflow Critical Criteria:
Audit Buffer overflow visions and handle a jump-start course to Buffer overflow.
– Do several people in different organizational units assist with the Vulnerability management process?
– What is our formula for success in Vulnerability management ?
– What are current Vulnerability management Paradigms?
Codenomicon Critical Criteria:
Add value to Codenomicon management and describe the risks of Codenomicon sustainability.
– Think about the functions involved in your Vulnerability management project. what processes flow from these functions?
Computer security Critical Criteria:
Mix Computer security planning and look for lots of ideas.
– Does your company provide end-user training to all employees on Cybersecurity, either as part of general staff training or specifically on the topic of computer security and company policy?
– What are your key performance measures or indicators and in-process measures for the control and improvement of your Vulnerability management processes?
– Will the selection of a particular product limit the future choices of other computer security or operational modifications and improvements?
– How do we Identify specific Vulnerability management investment and emerging trends?
– How do we Lead with Vulnerability management in Mind?
Full disclosure Critical Criteria:
Model after Full disclosure strategies and describe the risks of Full disclosure sustainability.
– What other organizational variables, such as reward systems or communication systems, affect the performance of this Vulnerability management process?
– What sources do you use to gather information for a Vulnerability management study?
– What are the short and long-term Vulnerability management goals?
Fuzz testing Critical Criteria:
Guide Fuzz testing outcomes and point out improvements in Fuzz testing.
– What are your results for key measures or indicators of the accomplishment of your Vulnerability management strategy and action plans, including building and strengthening core competencies?
– Do Vulnerability management rules make a reasonable demand on a users capabilities?
Heuristic Critical Criteria:
Interpolate Heuristic results and pioneer acquisition of Heuristic systems.
– Do we cover the five essential competencies-Communication, Collaboration,Innovation, Adaptability, and Leadership that improve an organizations ability to leverage the new Vulnerability management in a volatile global economy?
– How can you negotiate Vulnerability management successfully with a stubborn boss, an irate client, or a deceitful coworker?
– A heuristic, a decision support system, or new practices to improve current project management?
– Can good algorithms, models, heuristics overcome Data Quality problems?
IT risk Critical Criteria:
Analyze IT risk tasks and ask what if.
– The full extent of a given risk and its priority compared to other risks are not understood. Failure to address the most important risks first leads to dangerous exposures. Nearly all managers believe that their risks are the most important in the enterprise (or at least they say so) but whose risks really matter most?
– By what percentage do you estimate your companys financial investment in ITRM activities will change in the next 12 months?
– What are the success criteria that will indicate that Vulnerability management objectives have been met and the benefits delivered?
– Does your company have a formal information and technology risk framework and assessment process in place?
– Risk factors: what are the characteristics of Vulnerability management that make it risky?
– Does Senior Management take action to address IT risk indicators identified and reported?
– Do you adapt ITRM processes to align with business strategies and new business changes?
– How secure -well protected against potential risks is the information system ?
– Does the IT Risk Management framework align to a three lines of defense model?
– How good is the enterprise at performing the IT processes defined in CobiT?
– What is the purpose of Vulnerability management in relation to the mission?
– Do you have a defined operating model with dedicated resources for IT risk?
– Who performs your companys information and technology risk assessments?
– To what extent are you involved in IT Risk Management at your company?
– How much money should be invested in technical security measures ?
– Do you actively monitor regulatory changes for the impact of ITRM?
– Does the board explore options before arriving at a decision?
– To what extent are you involved in ITRM at your company?
– Does the board have a conflict of interest policy?
– What could go wrong?
Installation Critical Criteria:
Shape Installation adoptions and find the ideas you already have.
– Have we thought of cost, functionality,vendor support, vendor viability, quality of documentation, ease of learning, ease of use, ease of installation, response time, throughput, version?
– An administrator wants to install a guest os on a newly created virtual machine. what enables the administrator to perform the installation?
– Which type of attack could enable the installation of a rogue hypervisor and take control of underlying server resources?
– How do we make it meaningful in connecting Vulnerability management with what users do day-to-day?
– Do we monitor the Vulnerability management decisions made and fine tune them as they evolve?
– Does the deployment schedule call for installations at a typically rainy time of year?
– Who will be responsible for documenting the Vulnerability management requirements in detail?
– Is the installed memory sufficient, based on installation recommendations?
– What enables the administrator to perform the installation?
– What is the scalability of installation?
International Standard Book Number Critical Criteria:
Scrutinze International Standard Book Number governance and spearhead techniques for implementing International Standard Book Number.
– Will Vulnerability management have an impact on current business continuity, disaster recovery processes and/or infrastructure?
– Does Vulnerability management systematically track and analyze outcomes for accountability and quality improvement?
– How do we manage Vulnerability management Knowledge Management (KM)?
Malware Critical Criteria:
Boost Malware visions and be persistent.
– IDS/IPS content matching can detect or block known malware attacks, virus signatures, and spam signatures, but are also subject to false positives. If the cloud provider provides IDS/IPS services, is there a documented exception process for allowing legitimate traffic that has content similar to malware attacks or spam?
– Think about the people you identified for your Vulnerability management project and the project responsibilities you would assign to them. what kind of training do you think they would need to perform these responsibilities effectively?
– How can you verify that the virtualization platform or cloud management software running on the systems you use, which you did not install and do not control, does not contain malware?
– If the cloud provider provides IDS/IPS services, is there a documented exception process for allowing legitimate traffic that has content similar to malware attacks or spam?
– Does your company provide resources to improve end-user awareness of phishing, malware, indicators of compromise, and procedures in the event of a potential breach?
– Marketing budgets are tighter, consumers are more skeptical, and social media has changed forever the way we talk about Vulnerability management. How do we gain traction?
– Is there an appropriately trained security analyst on staff to assist in identifying and mitigating incidents involving undetected malware?
– How can you protect yourself from malware that could be introduced by another customer in a multi-tenant environment?
– Can Management personnel recognize the monetary benefit of Vulnerability management?
– Android Malware: How Worried Should You Be?
Network security Critical Criteria:
Review Network security strategies and acquire concise Network security education.
– Do we Make sure to ask about our vendors customer satisfaction rating and references in our particular industry. If the vendor does not know its own rating, it may be a red flag that youre dealing with a company that does not put Customer Service at the forefront. How would a company know what to improve if it had no idea what areas customers felt were lacking?
– Are the disaster recovery plan (DRP) and the business contingency plan (BCP) tested annually?
– What are your most important goals for the strategic Vulnerability management objectives?
– How is the value delivered by Vulnerability management being measured?
Open port Critical Criteria:
Understand Open port management and interpret which customers can’t participate in Open port because they lack skills.
– Are assumptions made in Vulnerability management stated explicitly?
– Why should we adopt a Vulnerability management framework?
Risk management Critical Criteria:
Focus on Risk management adoptions and define what our big hairy audacious Risk management goal is.
– When a risk is retired, do we review the history of the risk to record any lessons learned regarding the Risk Management processes used. is the team essentially asking itself: what, if anything, would we have done differently and why?
– Does your organization perform vulnerability assessment activities as part of the acquisition cycle for products in each of the following areas: Cybersecurity, SCADA, smart grid, internet connectivity, and website hosting?
– Do regular face-to-face meetings occur with risk champions or other employees from a range of functions and entity units with responsibility for aspects of enterprise Risk Management?
– Do you have a good understanding of emerging technologies and business trends that are vital for the management of IT risks in a fast-changing environment?
– Have managements Risk Management techniques contemplated organizational goals in making technology selection and implementation decisions?
– Which is the financial loss that the organization will experience as a result of a security incident due to the residual risk ?
– Is maintenance and repair of organizational assets performed and logged in a timely manner, with approved and controlled tools?
– Is your organization doing any form of outreach or education on Cybersecurity Risk Management (including the framework)?
– The intent of risk tracking is to ensure successful risk mitigation. Does it answer the question how are things going?
– Has management taken an occasional fresh look at focusing directly on enterprise Risk Management effectiveness?
– Could a system or security malfunction or unavailability result in injury or death?
– Do we have sufficient internal security leadership to implement programs?
– Do we do risk identification by answering the question what can go wrong?
– Do governance and risk management processes address Cybersecurity risks?
– Do we separate Cause and effect what is the underlying cause?
– Does this make a reasonable demand on a users capabilities?
– What are key aspects from Risk Management in our practice?
– Is Key staff identified, what happens if they leave?
– How do we manage project risk?
Social engineering Critical Criteria:
Revitalize Social engineering visions and improve Social engineering service perception.
– Will our employees allow someone to tailgate into our facilities or will they give out their credentials to an attacker via social engineering methods?
– Who sets the Vulnerability management standards?
– How do we go about Securing Vulnerability management?
Software Critical Criteria:
Design Software visions and get out your magnifying glass.
– Has anyone made unauthorized changes or additions to your systems hardware, firmware, or software characteristics without your IT departments knowledge, instruction, or consent?
– If mobile technologies are supported, how is the software optimized for use on smartphone, tables, and other mobile devices?
– How could agile approach be utilized in other parts and functions of an organization, for instance in marketing?
– Does your bi software work well with both centralized and decentralized data architectures and vendors?
– What is the support needed at the hardware and system software level to support such reconfiguration?
– Is the software compatible with new database formats for raw, unstructured, and semi-structured big data?
– Is open source software development faster, better, and cheaper than software engineering?
– What new hardware, software, databases or procedures will improve an existing system?
– Does your software facilitate the setting of thresholds and provide alerts to users?
– Is Service Delivery (hardware/software/people) capable of supporting requirements?
– How can we get rid of support contracts for hardware, software and network?
– Is there an organized user group specifically for the CRM software?
– Does the Vulnerability management task fit the clients priorities?
– Would you consider any non software-as-a-service options?
– Is your software easy for IT to manage and upgrade?
– What is and why Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD)?
– Is your BI software easy to understand?
Software vulnerability Critical Criteria:
Ventilate your thoughts about Software vulnerability tactics and mentor Software vulnerability customer orientation.
– What may be the consequences for the performance of an organization if all stakeholders are not consulted regarding Vulnerability management?
– How do we ensure that implementations of Vulnerability management products are done in a way that ensures safety?
System file Critical Criteria:
Sort System file issues and define System file competency-based leadership.
– What will be the consequences to the business (financial, reputation etc) if Vulnerability management does not go ahead or fails to deliver the objectives?
– How do senior leaders actions reflect a commitment to the organizations Vulnerability management values?
– What are all of our Vulnerability management domains and what do they do?
– Are security of system files ensured?
Test automation Critical Criteria:
Coach on Test automation management and define what do we need to start doing with Test automation.
– Is Vulnerability management dependent on the successful delivery of a current project?
Test case Critical Criteria:
Scan Test case leadership and pioneer acquisition of Test case systems.
– What is the source of the strategies for Vulnerability management strengthening and reform?
– Are all identified requirements allocated to test cases?
Vulnerability scanner Critical Criteria:
Powwow over Vulnerability scanner adoptions and finalize specific methods for Vulnerability scanner acceptance.
– For host vulnerability scanners, do we require agents to be installed on each host?
– How do we go about Comparing Vulnerability management approaches/solutions?
Zero-day Critical Criteria:
Check Zero-day issues and explore and align the progress in Zero-day.
– A compounding model resolution with available relevant data can often provide insight towards a solution methodology; which Vulnerability management models, tools and techniques are necessary?
– What role does communication play in the success or failure of a Vulnerability management project?
This quick readiness checklist is a selected resource to help you move forward. Learn more about how to achieve comprehensive insights with the Vulnerability management Self Assessment:
Author: Gerard Blokdijk
CEO at The Art of Service | http://theartofservice.com
Gerard is the CEO at The Art of Service. He has been providing information technology insights, talks, tools and products to organizations in a wide range of industries for over 25 years. Gerard is a widely recognized and respected information expert. Gerard founded The Art of Service consulting business in 2000. Gerard has authored numerous published books to date.
To address the criteria in this checklist, these selected resources are provided for sources of further research and information:
Vulnerability management External links:
Configuration & vulnerability management | NIST
Top Rated Vulnerability Management Software | Rapid7
Vulnerability Management & Risk Intelligence | Kenna Security
Antivirus software External links:
Consumer antivirus software providers for Windows
The best antivirus software of 2017 | TechRadar
Geek Squad Antivirus Software Download | Webroot
Application security External links:
BLM Application Security System
Application Security News, Tutorials & Tools – DZone
Chrome Rewards – Application Security – Google
Buffer overflow External links:
Buffer Overflow – OWASP
buffer overflow – Everything2.com
Security Vulnerability: Buffer Overflow in HP HTTP …
Codenomicon External links:
David Chartier – CEO @ Codenomicon | Crunchbase
Updated 2017 ratings and reviews for Codenomicon Defensics. Reviews directly from real users and experts.
FrontPage – Codenomicon
Computer security External links:
Avast Store | All Computer Security Products & Services
Report a Computer Security Vulnerability – TechNet …
Best Computer Security | Security Software Companies| Softex
Full disclosure External links:
Full Disclosure | National Review
45 After Dark: Not So Full Disclosure edition – POLITICO
Fuzz testing External links:
What is fuzz testing (fuzzing)? – Definition from WhatIs.com
Fuzz testing – ibm.com
Heuristic External links:
Heuristic | Definition of Heuristic by Merriam-Webster
Availability Heuristic and Making Decisions – verywell.com
Heuristic Synonyms, Heuristic Antonyms | Thesaurus.com
IT risk External links:
IT Risk Management Reporting & Connectors | …
Magic Quadrant for IT Risk Management Solutions – Gartner
Home | IT Risk Management
Installation External links:
Activate Your Account – AT&T High Speed Internet Installation
How to Make an Installation File: 11 Steps (with Pictures)
Pool Service & Installation
International Standard Book Number External links:
International Standard Book Number – Quora
What is an ISBN (International Standard Book Number)?
[PDF]International Standard Book Number: 0-942920-53-8
Malware External links:
Product info: Malwarebytes
http://Official site: malwarebytes.org/bing-download
Malwarebytes | Free Anti-Malware & Malware Removal
Malwarebytes – Official Site
Network security External links:
IANS – Institute for Applied Network Security
Medicine Bow Technologies – Network Security Colorado
Open port External links:
Open Port Scanner and Checker Tool – SolarWinds
Hide an Open port – 36096 – The Cisco Learning Network
Risk management External links:
Celgene Risk Management
Driver Risk Management Solutions | AlertDriving
Social engineering External links:
Social Engineering | Education Center | BB&T Bank
Types of Social Engineering
Phishing Simulation Software For Social Engineering Testing
Software External links:
Insite Software | Built for B2B™
Computer Hardware, Software, Technology Solutions | Insight
InSite SiteWork Excavation Software Overview
Software vulnerability External links:
BApp details: Software Vulnerability Scanner – …
A software vulnerability is a security flaw, glitch, or weakness found in software or in an operating system (OS) that can lead to security concerns. An example of a software flaw is a buffer overflow.
System file External links:
System File Checker (Windows) – msdn.microsoft.com
System File Checker – support.microsoft.com
System File Checker (Windows) – msdn.microsoft.com
Test automation External links:
Test Automation – AbeBooks
Test case External links:
Test Case | Software Testing Fundamentals
Electric Grid Test Case Repository
Vulnerability scanner External links:
Application Vulnerability Scanner
Qualys FreeScan | Free Vulnerability Scanner
Vega Vulnerability Scanner