Vulnerability Management is Essential for Your Organization’s Cybersecurity: 3 Steps for Handling Vulnerabilities
Hikvision is a cybersecurity leader in the security industry, and the best practices that we share are an integral part of our business model. Safety is, and continues to be, critical to us, as reflected in our values and commitments. An important component of an IT and cybersecurity professional’s skillset is developing a systematic program to manage vulnerability disclosures.
Vulnerabilities are bugs, flaws, or weaknesses in applications, operating systems, or software components that can be exploited by threat actors. Computing systems run software that needs to be updated regularly as new vulnerabilities arise and software vendors create patches.
In 2020, more than 20,000 vulnerabilities were publicly disclosed. There are three steps to take when dealing with vulnerabilities in your organization. They include:
- Search for Vulnerabilities: Use a network vulnerability scanner to check each system for known vulnerabilities.
- Get Patches: When you find vulnerabilities, be sure to get patches from the vendors of those systems.
- Prioritize Your Patching: Not all vulnerabilities are created equal. Be sure to patch systems that are accessible from the internet first. Also, check the CISA Known Exploited Vulnerabilities Catalog to see which vulnerabilities are being actively exploited on the Internet and prioritize those patches first.
Security researchers and software vendors collaborate to inform the public of the vulnerability until a working patch is available for end users to download. In 2018, Hikvision was designated as a Common Vulnerability and Exposures (CVE) Numbering Authority (CNA) by the Mitre Corporation for its vulnerability management program.
Read Hikvision’s Vulnerabilities White Paper to understand vulnerabilities better and gain insights into the world of software vulnerabilities and management.