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3 Ways to Improve Remediation Management


It doesn’t matter how big or small your company is, you will never be completely safe from cybersecurity threats. This idea shouldn’t scare you. Total safety is a myth. No single method can protect you from all of the perils that every network faces. Still, you need to take the right steps to minimize the likelihood of a potentially catastrophic breach. 

Unfortunately, many companies fail to take these measures, and they suffer the consequences as a result. Cybercriminals usually attempt to exploit a system to access a proprietor’s valuable information. Once they find this data, they usually steal and/or delete it before ransoming it back to the victim for an inflated cost. This puts organizations’ clients at risk, and lest you think this is a rare occurrence, it happens all the time. Major brands like T-Mobile and VTech have faced data theft on a large scale. If the director of the CIA can be compromised, how safe do you think you are? 

Thankfully, you can still take steps to fortify your networks and preserve your data. Remediation management represents one of the most effective strategies in this regard. It helps you compensate for the weaknesses in basic cybersecurity practices and gives you greater control over your system’s maintenance. These three tips will help your organization defend itself against outside hazards.

  1. Follow up Thoroughly When You Scan

Imagine this: Your home security company calls you at work to tell you that your alarm is going off. They ask you whether they should investigate the problem. You tell them even though you believe the break in is a real threat, the alarm system itself should be enough to scare the intruders away, so an investigation isn’t necessary. Does this seem logical to you? 

If not, you’d probably be surprised to see how many companies fail to follow up on their scans. Many organizations will perform basic remediation efforts, but they only do so to live up to international security standards. Unfortunately, these regulations represent the bare minimum that an agency must do to protect itself. Their recommendations are often woefully inadequate for a standard network, so a company may still end up compromising its system if it only performs these actions. 

Your remediation management strategy should do more than the bare minimum. You need to perform scans more often than security standards suggest, and you must act on your results when you receive them. A scan means nothing if it leads to no new actions.

  1. Consider Your Context before You Remediate

Do you find it difficult to parse your vulnerability reports? You’re hardly the only person to face this problem. A scan will usually return thousands of results, all of which fall into overly broad categories. Still, you need to understand these results if you want to tangibly secure your network.

Remediation management uses a risk-based approach to organize these outcomes. It prioritizes assets based on information such as location, confidentiality, integrity, and more. When you consider these factors, you’ll be able to find your network’s most critical assets and give them the protection they need.

  1. Watch High-Risk Vulnerabilities Closely

Say you had a valuable Ming vase in your home. Would you rather set up a surveillance system to protect it or leave it unprotected? 

Your information may be as valuable as the Ming vase in this scenario, so you should protect it accordingly. If your scans reveal your assets to be particularly vulnerable, you need to start monitoring them. Even if you take steps to stabilize them, they may become insecure again later. So constant monitoring and vigilance is essential.

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