What to Look for in a Cloud Vulnerability Management Solution

Introduction

Moving business applications and processes to the cloud has been an ongoing trend in recent years for a good number of reasons. The key benefits of a cloud-based security solution are similar to those that attract an organization to any other cloud offering: ease of deployment, ease of maintenance, scalability, performance and more. These apply for cloud security solutions, along with the ability to rapidly scale or even deploy additional features or protection levels as business needs change. Likewise, cloud security can provide organizations with cost flexibility since many cloud offerings have significantly lower up-front and ongoing expenses associated with them.

This Buyer’s Guide is for security professionals who are considering cloud-based solutions for cybersecurity, specifically for vulnerability management.

Start With a Goal

Successful vulnerability management programs have a known goal. Before you make any decisions about technology, be able to clearly state the goal for your vulnerability management program and know how you will measure and present it. Your goal might be:

A clearly stated goal helps everyone who is part of your vulnerability management program understand its purpose. It will also help you better determine which vulnerability management solution will best help you meet that goal.

Knowing how your goal will be measured is also important. It helps team members focus and prioritize. For many, positively oriented goals are stronger motivators than negative ones. For obvious reasons, many vulnerability management programs are measured by the number of open vulnerabilities that need to be fixed. Many organizations have a “wall of shame” for the departments with the most open vulnerabilities. Consider a more positive “hall of fame” approach. Once your organization gets to a certain number of fixed vulnerabilities, have a party to celebrate that milestone. Have subsequent celebrations every time you hit that milestone and give people a reason to cheer when more vulnerabilities are addressed!

While the total number of addressed vulnerabilities can be a fun metric to count and celebrate, it shouldn’t be the only metric you use to determine whether or not your vulnerability management program is meeting its goal. You should also take into account factors like:

Different vulnerability management solutions have different strengths and weaknesses, so the clearer you are about your goals and the information you want to get from a solution will help you determine which one is right for your organization.