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It's Time to Align Your Vulnerability Management Priorities With the Biggest Threats

Published: 09 September 2016

ID: G00310155

Analyst(s): Craig Lawson


Vulnerabilities and their exploitation are still the root cause of most breaches. IT security leaders should refocus their attention on how vulnerabilities are being managed and should track this metric to provide visibility as to how to reduce the biggest risks of being breached.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Prioritize the Patching of Vulnerabilities Being Exploited in the Wild
    • First, Let's Review the Problem
    • Why This Is the Problem
    • How Big Is the Zero-Day Problem
    • What to Do About It
  • What If I Can't Patch, or There's No Patch Available
    • Use IPS for Virtual Patching

Case Study

  • Study No. 1: Ransomware
  • Study No. 2: Exploit Kits
  • Study No. 3: Malware Data

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