Analysis of the NIST National Vulnerability Database shows that security teams were under siege in 2020 defending against an unprecedented number of flaws. Today's columnist, Gus Evangelakos of XM Cyber offers insight on how to use a risk-based approach to tackle vulnerabilities. shioshvili is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Managing cybersecurity for an organization today requires a lot of skill and patience. It’s not a job for the faint of heart. A single vulnerability can result in the theft of everything the enterprise truly values. At the same time, the number of potential adversaries the company faces outnumbers its own team by orders of magnitude. And the hackers are not constrained by the forces that limit most security teams: Time, money, and fatigue.

Even worse, attackers have the advantage. Like the white side in a game of chess, the attackers move first – and too many defenders are willing to accept a reactive posture.

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