However, many of the world's most security-conscious organizations have remedied the challenge. Their approach is not about a single software tool or process change, but rather a commitment to prioritizing vulnerability management around high-risk, high-value assets.

To get the job done they monitor device context, not just the devices. A device is at significant risk only when it is visible to a threat vector. Security-conscious organizations leverage advances in network assurance processes and tools to rapidly understand these relationships and pinpoint vulnerability to threats — without disrupting operations.

Once device connections are determined, compare the results against those assets used to execute core business processes. You can then prioritize vulnerability management, using rolling deployments to minimize costs and improve effectiveness.

Also keep in mind that the word of your IT administrators is not good enough. Today's organizations must check compliance across headquarters and remote office networks.

And finally, organizations that regularly evaluate their risk profile can eliminate vulnerabilities based on fact, not out-of-date assumptions. In addition to reducing risk and improving security compliance, this maximizes the return on each vulnerability management dollar spent.