Why company-wide vulnerability management?

A good antivirus can make you feel like your business is protected because when a malicious file arrives through email or messaging application it will identify and block it, preventing hackers from getting into your system, right?

Unfortunately, the correct answer may be that your company is less protected than you think!

In this article, we want to think about cybersecurity and why you should do vulnerability management for your business.

Good reading!

Vulnerabilities: what are they?

Any failure or failure in the security of IT assets that opens a door to unauthorized access to information contained in the system can be described as a vulnerability. Or, as stated in the Information Security Management Systems Regulation in ISO 27000, they are, more technically, the “weaknesses of an asset that could potentially be exploited by one or more threats”.

Vulnerabilities can be caused by human error (e.g. when clicking a link or executing a malicious file), but also by errors in the programming or configuration of the system, which leaves IT assets unprotected.

Through these gaps, hackers can hijack, steal or delete information – often confidential – from companies. And these gateways are not always easy to identify, which is why an antivirus program may not be enough to protect the integrity of a company’s sensitive data.

So how to keep data safe?

So that these weak points can be eliminated or minimized, it is necessary to map them, i.e., identify vulnerabilities, analyze how endangered they are used as a gateway for attackers, classify them according to this risk and get started with monitoring and handling.

A security breach cannot always be fully resolved. However, constant monitoring makes it possible to quickly identify any suspicious traffic entering or leaving the network and thus to anticipate and mitigate any type of incident.

Predictive or preventive measures?

A preventive measure checks the system from time to time, carries out a review of the entire operation and, if a weak point is found, it can be corrected. But when we talk about cybersecurity it is not enough, and the ideal is to keep action with a forward-looking focus.

Mapping enables us to act with foresight, by constantly monitoring a vulnerability, we can detect small changes in its flow of activity and anticipate a hacker attack, ultimately predicting how it can be exploited and prevented, in fact a gateway for intruders or malicious applications that could compromise business data.

Vulnerability Management is precisely this mapping – consisting of the identification, analysis and classification steps mentioned above – and the measures that are taken to remedy these security gaps. If your company fails to do so, there is a serious risk that your information will be disclosed and violated laws like the LGPD.

Do you still believe that your company is really protected with just an antivirus? If you need help with your organization’s cybersecurity, talk to an Ativer. We are specialists in developing the ideal solution so that you can experience the digital transformation, protect your business assets and, thus, drive it forward.

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