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Proactive problem prevention with vulnerability management services

Vulnerabilities are a topical talking point. Yet, while some make the news, many remain unnoticed. Until, that is, they're spotted by hackers and exploited for malicious purposes, such as hijacking a network. High-profile vulnerabilities brought to light in recent years include those affecting Citrixfile (2020), Exchange (early 2021) and PrintNightmare (summer 2021). While those cases illustrate the potential impact of a vulnerability, they represent a tiny fraction of the total number. We therefore believe it's vital to proactively seek out security risks and potential threats. One of the ways we do that is by means vulnerability management: a continuously evolving process of detecting, analysing and proactively mitigating vulnerabilities in applications and systems.

How does vulnerability management work?

Vulnerability management provides a picture of the vulnerabilities in a network, enabling us to help you address them. We begin by scanning all the assets in a network to determine what firmware, operating systems and software are in use. The version data is then compared against a list of known vulnerabilities, which is continuously updated. If we detect that vulnerable versions are in use, we rank the associated security risks on the basis of your business context and the probability of malicious exploitation in your case. That enables us to say where the main security risks lie.

Best practice check

Another feature of vulnerability management is the detection of misconfigurations. That includes configurations that don’t conform to generic baselines, don’t follow best practices or don’t follow your organisational policies. Our checks cover servers and workstations in your own data centre, in the Databalance cloud, and in hyperscale clouds such as Azure, GCP and AWS.

Proactive collaboration and risk mitigation

As with so many processes, collaboration is a vital aspect of vulnerability management. We don’t merely circulate information; we actively seek contact and cooperation, discussing what action should be taken to bring risks under control. We talk over the priorities and the practicalities of intervention, such as which patches and workarounds to use. So that together we can mitigate the risks quickly and effectively.

Multi-level reporting provides control

Vulnerability detection and mitigation is a continuous process that we are constantly refining and optimising. At governance meetings, we discuss reports setting out vulnerability statistics and data on how quickly mitigating measures have been rolled out. That provides valuable strategic insight into the level of risk and the effectiveness of the response. Operational and tactical discussions are also held to consider detailed reports that inform mitigation activities. Reporting has the additional benefit of demonstrating control, as required to achieve and maintain compliance.

Relevant cases
Beeztees
Beeztees
"We're very pleased with the availability and performance of the systems. It's also reassuring to know that, if the worst ever does happen, a robust disaster recovery plan is in place."
Agrifirm
Agrifirm
"For Agrifirm, it's important that we make continuous progress. Progress in terms of having the right systems, resources and expertise, but also in cultural terms. Databalance shares our central cultural values.”
PinkRoccade
PinkRoccade
"For us, agility at every level is very important. We want to be able to resolve problems before our customers even notice them."

Want to know what we can do for you?
Please contact Sebastiaan Bakker, sebastiaan@databalance.eu.
Want to know what we can do for you?
Please contact Sebastiaan Bakker, sebastiaan@databalance.eu.
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