Published: 30 March 2012
Analyst(s): Eric Maiwald, Anton Chuvakin
Organizations can improve their overall security posture by implementing a systematic approach to managing vulnerabilities and configuration weaknesses across IT assets. Managing policies and vulnerabilities encompasses maintaining an inventory of covered resources, comparing the configuration and current state to policy, assessing risk level and implementing appropriate remediation techniques such as patching and configuration changes. Vulnerability assessment tools play a critical role in these vulnerability management practices. Comprehensive vulnerability management requires a blend of policy, process and technology.
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