Breaking the cyber kill chain
The “old school” vulnerability management approach is simple. It uses the severity ranking of the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) alone to determine what vulnerabilities represent the most risk to the organization.
But this method of vulnerability prioritization is no longer effective: CVSS severity does not equal actual risk. Severity depends on factors unique to your environment, including asset importance, attack paths, exposure, and exploitability.
Adding to the imperfections of this approach, a growing percentage of cyber attacks specifically target vulnerabilities rated as “medium severity” on the CVSS scale. These are lower priorities for security teams and, therefore, less likely to be addressed quickly. Yes, attackers are working smarter.
Zero in on what really matters
Threat hunting is reactive and time-consuming. Traditional vulnerability scanning is overwhelming. To illuminate a new path forward for threat prevention, a proactive approach to vulnerability management can cut time and resource commitments significantly on both fronts – and reduce risk at the same time.
To illustrate how effectively a proactive solution such as Skybox Vulnerability Control helps organizations prioritize the riskiest vulnerabilities for remediation, consider this example:
Skybox pared down 1.5 million vulnerability occurrences in an environment to a dramatic and highly manageable 29 critical vulnerabilities (0.1%) based on four factors:
- Severity (CVSS)
- Exploitable vulnerabilities (Skybox threat intelligence)
- Asset importance (Skybox automated asset classification)
- Exposed vulnerabilities (Skybox attack simulation and attack path analysis)
Industry’s first solution to automatically map vulnerabilities to malware type
Skybox is also the only vulnerability prioritization vendor to associate software vulnerabilities with malware families by name, type, and variant. Teams can use this information to further prioritize vulnerabilities, as well as to reduce the time and resources spent in reactive threat-hunting efforts.
Executives and board members want to know if their cybersecurity teams are staying ahead of the latest celebrity malware such as TrickBot, REMCOS, FormBook, AZORult, Ursnif, Agent Tesla, and NanoCore, Powered by Skybox threat intelligence, CISOs have automated analysis that can prove they retired millions of malware and exploits. No other cybersecurity solution can provide customers with our advanced vulnerability prioritization and threat trend reporting.
Sound too good to be true? See for yourself how easy it is to break the cycle and ease the burden of threat-hunting and vulnerability management for your security team. Watch our Demo: