Manage and Measure Your Modern Attack Surface to Accurately Understand and Reduce Cyber Exposure
Identify, Investigate, Prioritize, Mitigate and Respond
Vulnerability management is an ongoing process—part of your overall cybersecurity program—to reduce your cyber exposure. You can accurately identify, investigate and prioritize vulnerabilities across your entire attack surface with Tenable.io and instantly access the most accurate information about all your assets and vulnerabilities in a single platform.
Vulnerability Management Technical Insights
What to Look for in a Cloud Vulnerability Management Solution
Your Buyer’s Guide to Choosing a Cloud-Based Vulnerability Management Solution
From ease of deployment to ease of maintenance, a cloud vulnerability management solution can help your organization rapidly scale and adopt new features and enhanced security measures as your organization’s needs change.
A cloud-based vulnerability management solution can give your organization a lot of flexibility when it comes to expenses, too. Why? Because most cloud-hosted vulnerability management solutions have fewer up-front costs and generally have fewer related ongoing expenses.
Each vulnerability management solution–whether it’s on-prem or cloud-hosted–has a variety of strengths and weaknesses. Before diving into selecting a provider, think about the goals for your vulnerability management program. What are you hoping to achieve and how can the solution you select best help you?
Here are a few other questions to think about before evaluating a cloud vulnerability management vendor:
- Have you created goals and objectives for your vulnerability management program?
- Do you know how your goals and objectives relate to vulnerability management solutions?
- Have you explored how cloud-based vulnerability management solutions deliver their key capabilities?
- Do you understand how vulnerability management solutions leverage the cloud to benefit your organization?
- What are your coverage expectations and knowledge related to current and emerging vulnerabilities?
SANS Vulnerability Management Survey
What You Can Learn From Other Vulnerability Management Practitioners
Organizations of all sizes face rapidly changing IT environments with more assets to discover and protect, and more vulnerabilities to assess than ever before.
The SANS Vulnerability Management Survey explores how organizations manage an increasing number of vulnerabilities and how they address the challenges they face. It also offers recommendations about ways you can manage vulnerabilities across your attack surface, no matter how rapidly it evolves and changes.
- As the number of vulnerabilities increases, your need for frequent vulnerability scanning becomes ever more important
- Conduct routine automated scans to help decrease your cyber risk
- Adopt continuous scanning to get near real-time insight into your attack surface as it evolves and changes
- Use automated patching tools to ensure that your business-critical software, applications and operating systems are up-to-date
Frequently Asked Vulnerability Management Questions
Frequently Asked Vulnerability Management Questions:
Manage Vulnerabilities With the Power of Community
All of your Tenable Vulnerability Management Knowledge and Conversations in One Place
For years, Tenable-related discussions were hosted in a forum website. There, users shared feedback, asked questions and exchanged knowledge. Today, those forum posts are the foundation of the new Tenable Community. Tenable Community is a place where people with common interests in Tenable and vulnerability management can get together and exchange ideas.
Here are some sample conversations happening now:
How do I filter OS vulnerabilities in Tenable.io?
I have separate teams that manage patching. One manages OS and the other supports applications. I would like to provide separate reports or dashboards based on the vulnerability family so they don't get each other's patching responsibilities in their report or dashboard.See the Answer
How do I export a scan from Tenable.io?
This short video demonstrates how to export scan results from Tenable.io. You can easily export vulnerability scanning data from Tenable.io as a .nessus file, PDF, HTML, or CSV.Watch the Video
Why does my dashboard show a decrease in active vulnerabilities?
Vulnerability management dashboards can have a sudden decrease in vulnerabilities present in the scan environment, even when you’ve done no patching or you’ve not done patching on a large scale. Why?See the Answer
Vulnerability Management Solutions to Ensure Cybersecurity Success
Vulnerability management is a way to reduce risk for your organization, no matter how large or small your organization may be. However, creating a successful vulnerability management program is not a simple task. It requires goal setting, metrics, continuous discovery and monitoring and buy-in from stakeholders across your organization. Not sure where to start? You can make your vulnerability management process stronger with five simple steps.
Achieving continuous discovery and complete visibility into your environment can be challenging without the right tools, but it is vital for discovering and preventing blind spots in your attack surface. An important first step in ensuring vulnerability management success is to identify and map every asset across all of your computing environments.
Next, evaluate the Cyber Exposure of all of your assets, including vulnerabilities, misconfigurations and other security health indicators. Comprehensive vulnerability and misconfiguration assessment is more than running a scan. It’s also using a range of data collection technologies like you’ll find in Tenable.io to identify diverse security issues for your organization.
The third step for vulnerability management program success is to understand your exposures in context to your security and business goals so you can prioritize remediation based on asset criticality, threat context and vulnerability severity.
With the first three steps tackled, you’re on your way to a stronger vulnerability management program. Leveraging machine learning, you can go further to spot hidden data patterns that correlate with future threat activity. This will give you insight into vulnerabilities that may have the highest likelihood of near-term exploitation. From there, you can prioritize which exposures to mitigate first, if at all, and then apply the appropriate remediation process.
A final recommendation is to measure and benchmark your Cyber Exposure to make better business and technology decisions. Report customization in Tenable.io will provide you with easy-to-understand data about the effectiveness of your vulnerability management program and external benchmarking metrics to help you compare your program performance against similar businesses in your industry.
Vulnerability Management and Protecting Your Enterprise from Cyber Exposure
When it comes to vulnerability management, many security teams focus only on their department or team goals. While that traditionally had a degree of success, enterprise vulnerability management programs that align security goals with business goals tend to be stronger.
By aligning your vulnerability management program to your business goals, you can more easily create and analyze success metrics that enable you to communicate your program success to key stakeholders—like C-Suite executives and board members—in ways they understand. This can help you build a stronger enterprise program and get the support of upper-level management so you have access to the resources you need to keep your program flexible, scalable and successful. Here are five best practice recommendations for enterprise vulnerability management:
Identify specific components that are measurable and meaningful and then begin attack surface hardening, asset inventory and patch auditing.
Ensure Data Accuracy
Don't limit the view of your total state of vulnerability. Ensure you're accessing accurate data that’s actionable and timely.
Account for Gaps
To maintain reliable processes and build trust, quickly identify sources where you have patching issues and track them as exceptions.
Deal With Interdependencies and Conflicts
Understand how processes affect individuals and teams within your organization to create a successful vulnerability management program.
Know What to Measure
Instead of trends, measurement should focus on exceptions to discover weaknesses.
Vulnerability Management Blog Bytes
Are you a creature of habit? Do you still use older tools and resources even if they're not as efficient as something new—like a good ol' spreadsheet to manage your vulnerability management program? This can be the case for many security teams. You often have more work than you can accomplish on a given day, so you may be hesitant to explore a new solution, even if it will save you time and improve program efficiencies. Tenable.io is an easy way to let go of the spreadsheet without having to let go of the knowledge you already have and the time you’ve invested in your program.
If you're part of a cybersecurity team, you know there is a never-ending list of vulnerabilities that routinely come across your desk. Traditionally, that’s meant you dig into news headlines, forums and other information exchanges to see which vulnerability is getting the most attention so you can focus your efforts. It can feel like a lost cause. That’s why Tenable’s Predictive Prioritization is changing the way teams handle vulnerability response. Predictive Prioritization leverages data science and machine learning to make it easier for your team to find, patch and remediate vulnerabilities.
In today’s overcrowded world of emerging security threats, fancy new tools and changing regulations, you may get so caught up in patching and fixing the next big thing that you lose sight of basic security fundamentals. One way you can get back to basics is by learning more about your organization’s Cyber Exposure (CE) lifecycle. You can use your CE to ensure your team’s security goals align with your organization’s business objectives. Not sure where to begin? Take a look at the four stages of a Cyber Exposure lifecycle to learn why they’re important for your vulnerability management program.
Vulnerability Management On Demand
Vulnerability Management Fundamentals: Asset Discovery and Classification
Overcome the challenges of discovering and managing assets across your attack surface with some basic vulnerability management fundamentals. In this webinar, you’ll learn:
- Why continuous asset discovery is important
- Techniques to collect data so you can discover different types of assets across your attack surface
- Ways you can make the most of your asset management and classification processes
- How Tenable can help you improve and expand your current discovery capabilities
Eliminate Vulnerability Overload with Predictive Prioritization
What if you only needed to remediate 3% of the vulnerabilities impacting your organization? This on-demand webinar explores:
- Predictive Prioritization and how it will forever change the way you handle vulnerability remediation
- Data science, research and analytics behind Predictive Prioritization
- How Tenable uses Predictive Prioritization is used in Tenable products
- Ways Predictive Prioritization will transform your vulnerability management program
Practical Approaches for Optimizing Your Asset and Vulnerability Management Processes
You can mitigate security risks with automation by streamlining management, prioritization, remediation and tracking of your most critical assets. In this webinar, you’ll learn about:
- How to create process efficiencies using enhanced vulnerability assessment and grouping techniques
- How to prioritize risks to your organization based on business impact
- What a vulnerability lifecycle is and how to use timeline tracking for remediation
Master the Fundamentals of Vulnerability Management: Analysis and Prioritization
As your vulnerability discovery and assessment efforts become more effective, you will gain better insight into your organization’s overall Cyber Exposure, including access to better data that can help you prioritize patching and improve remediation. Watch this on-demand webinar to learn more about:
- The value and limits of CVSS scoring
- How to find the vulnerabilities that are most likely to affect your organization in the near future
- How asset criticality is an important part of your vulnerability management program
Tenable.io: The Leading Vulnerability Management Solution for Your Modern IT Attack Surface
Your organization has a rapidly-evolving IT landscape. That’s why you need a vulnerability management solution that can evolve and change with you. Tenable.io provides you with timely, accurate information about your entire attack surface, including complete insight into all of your assets and vulnerabilities. Available as a cloud-delivered solution, Tenable.io will help you increase the effectiveness and efficiencies of your vulnerability management program.
Nessus sensors within Tenable.io are for active and agent scanning and passive network monitoring to give you complete visibility into your attack surface from on-prem to the cloud.
With vulnerability data, data science and threat intelligence, Tenable.io helps you identify which vulnerabilities have the greatest impact of affecting your organization in the near-term.
Your modern IT attack surface is made up of highly dynamic IT assets such as virtual machines, cloud instances, and mobile devices. Tenable.io tracks those assets and their vulnerabilities with unparalleled accuracy.
Passive Network Monitoring
Continuously monitor network traffic so you can find and assess hard-to-scan devices and short-lived systems across your attack surface.
Tenable’s Cloud Connectors give you continuous visibility and assessment into your public cloud environments through connectors for Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services.
Pre-built Integrations and Flexible API
With Tenable’s pre-built integrations and well-documented APIs and SDK resources, you can automate your workflows and share Tenable.io data with other third-party systems. See more at: developer.tenable.com.