Bi-partisanship has been tough to come by in Washington, D.C., for many years, but in the tech world, today’s SC columnist, Yaniv Bar-Dayan of Vulcan Cyber, says it’s time for the security and IT teams to cooperate around vulnerability remediation. (Credit: Courtesy Architect of the Capitol)

Much like a democratic election, vulnerability remediation often finds its two main factions at odds. In politics there are two opposing parties. In the vulnerability management world, it’s two opposing teams – security and IT operations. Over time their relationship has grown adversarial as their respective domains – to secure the business and maintain technical availability and reliability – become increasingly intertwined.

While security teams are accountable for the overall cybersecurity posture of the organization, they can’t do vulnerability remediation without buy-in and help from the IT teams responsible for patch deployment and server configuration management. So, inevitably, the actual work of remediating vulnerabilities –  often considered a dirty job – falls on IT operations teams. But for the good of the enterprise, it needs to get done.

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