Regularly scanning for and fixing vulnerabilities has become a standard security control that is expected of any organization. Remediating vulnerabilities is a fundamental part of any modern security program. Over the last few years, we have been experiencing an average of 50-60 new vulnerabilities defined each and every day. Attackers use exploits that target vulnerabilities, including the ones in your environment. This includes vulnerabilities in your internal and external network presence, especially web-enabled systems where vulnerabilities can be accessed by remote attackers. Attackers regularly develop exploits for new vulnerabilities, and have been getting better at weaponizing those exploits in tool kits and exploit kits, which makes those attacks even easier.
It takes you resources – staff and budget – to find and fix vulnerabilities. The more efficient you can be about this process, the more vulnerabilities they can address with the same resources. The more vulnerabilities you can address, the more you can make your organization resilient against attack, reducing your organizational risk. Clients who regularly identify and mitigate vulnerabilities in their environment can demonstrate better control over their environment and reduce risk to organizational systems and data.
Consistent practices can not only identify existing vulnerabilities, but can also help identify root causes, enabling you to take proactive action to reduce potential vulnerabilities before they are even introduced to your environment.