Gartner Research

Understanding Vulnerability Management Life Cycle Functions

Published: 24 January 2011

ID: G00210104

Analyst(s): Mark Nicolett


The vulnerability management life cycle is the key process for finding and remediating security weaknesses before they are exploited. Policy definition, assessment, shielding, mitigation and monitoring are required.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Policy
  • Baseline/
    • Vulnerability Assessment
    • Security Configuration Assessment
  • Prioritization
    • Service Dependency Mapping
  • Risk Assessment
  • Shielding and Remediation
  • Remediation Workflow and Segregation of Duties
  • Root Cause Elimination
  • Monitoring
  • Security Monitoring: Integration Opportunities and Limitations With IT Operations

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