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Vulnerability Assessment
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What Is Vulnerability Assessment and Patch Management?

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The purpose of the Vulnerability Assessment policy is to establish controls and processes to help identify vulnerabilities within the firm's technology infrastructure and information system components which could be exploited by attackers to gain unauthorized access, disrupt business operations and steal or leak sensitive data.

The purpose of the Patch Management policy is to identify controls and processes that will provide appropriate protection against threats that could adversely affect the security of the information system or data entrusted on the information system. Effective implementation of these controls will create a consistently configured environment that is secure against known vulnerabilities in operating system and application software.

What Is A Vulnerability Assessment?

A vulnerability assessment is the process of defining, identifying, classifying, and prioritizing vulnerabilities in computer systems, applications, and network infrastructures. Vulnerability assessments also provide the organization doing the assessment with the necessary knowledge, awareness, and risk backgrounds to understand and react to the threats to its environment.

A vulnerability assessment process is intended to identify threats and the risks they pose. They typically involve the use of automated testing tools, such as network security scanners, whose results are listed in a vulnerability assessment report.

Organizations of any size, or even individuals who face an increased risk of cyberattacks, can benefit from some form of vulnerability assessment, but large enterprises and other types of organizations that are subject to ongoing attacks will benefit most from vulnerability analysis.

Because security vulnerabilities can enable hackers to access IT systems and applications, it is essential for enterprises to identify and remediate weaknesses before they can be exploited. A comprehensive vulnerability assessment, along with a management program, can help companies improve the security of their systems.

Patch Management

Patch management is an essential practice in IT and systems maintenance. It's most simply explained as the way that you correct errors and vulnerabilities, by using "patches".

These are updates to operating systems, network equipment, software products, and applications, created to solve issues that are found after release. A good patch management process can keep your environment secure from cyber-attacks, help an IT environment run smoothly without downtime, ensure that you're fully compliant with many regulatory requirements, and help software to run at peak performance.

Your patch management approach needs to include keeping on top of all available patches, knowing what patches are right for what systems, creating and documenting your patch schedule, and thoroughly testing systems after patching is complete. Automating patch management can help to streamline and improve the accuracy of these tasks.
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