A well-run vulnerability management program removes the guesswork, says Katelyn Dunn.

his month, we revisited a mixture of familiar and new faces. Vulnerability management is such a basic security element that occasionally it gets overlooked. However, these tools should be a staple in every security arsenal by now. In some cases, organizations may deploy more than one of these solutions in their environments, as vulnerability management solutions often complement each other.

The first step to achieving and maintaining a sound security posture is to have full visibility of environmental assets. After all, organizations can’t protect what they can’t see, nor can they understand the full impact of vulnerability exploitations if they do not first know that these vulnerabilities exist. Several of the vulnerability management solutions here have scanning abilities that enable asset discovery to provide a comprehensive view of an environment. As a result, the scans point at all assets, which is crucial because vulnerability management programs cannot succeed without quality data.

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