Managing the remediation of cyber security vulnerabilities is a complex process. Your vulnerability remediation process can feel like a balancing act between managing your budget, coordinating different teams, evaluating risk, and ultimately, ensuring your organisation is safe from cyber attacks. As the cyber threat landscape constantly evolves, it’s critical that your process is optimised to remediate issues as fast and efficiently as possible. Read on for six ways you can improve your vulnerability remediation process, including how the Rootshell Prism Platform can help.
1. Unify your data
Managing threat services can inundate you with data. You may find yourself emailing back and forth with vendors or hunting through PDF reports to find the results you need, which can be incredibly time consuming. Introducing a system that unifies your data will save you time, frustration, and put critical information at your fingertips.
Prism Platform unifies your reports by storing results from different threat services in one place. This includes the ability to add reports from different vendors, enabling you to centralise all your data from past and current engagements. You can then search or filter your results to easily retrieve the data you need. By unifying your data, you’ll also gain clearer visibility of your organisation’s security posture.
2. Automate to reduce human error
Transferring your PDF reports to spreadsheets is not only time consuming; entering data manually can lead to mistakes. This could pose serious risks to your organisation, particularly if a critical issue is missed. Automation tools can lighten the load and help ensure accuracy, giving you peace of mind and significantly increasing the speed of your vulnerability remediation process.
Prism Platform removes the need for manual data handling. It automates the process of transferring your results to a format that is easy to view, manage, and manipulate. This minimises human error and frees up time for more important tasks.
3. Simplify reporting
Let’s face it, creating reports can be laborious, monotonous, and oftentimes quite stressful. It takes time to pull results and create the necessary graphs and charts you need. Imagine how much easier it would be if you could automate your remediation reporting.
Prism Platform takes the legwork out of reporting. It generates a dashboard of useful stats and reports to illustrate the progress of your vulnerability remediation process. For example, you can see summaries of how many issues have been remediated for current projects, as well as trending data showing how your security posture has improved over time. This dynamic dashboard helps simplify your reporting process, while making your data far more useful and actionable.
4. Streamline collaboration
Collaboration is key to keeping your organisation secure, particularly as remote working looks set to continue. It’s necessary that your workflows are as smooth as possible. Whether you remediate issues in-house, or work with a third-party, a collaboration tool can help accelerate your vulnerability remediation process and boost efficiency from start to finish.
Prism Platform is designed to improve collaboration between team members, suppliers, partners, and vendors. The platform allows you to create accounts for colleagues, assign issues to them, and track progress as a team. You can see results uploaded by your testers in real-time and comment on issues for feedback. You can even add third-parties to the platform, such as a web app developer, so they communicate directly with testers to aid your vulnerability remediation process.
5. Prioritise issues effectively
Establishing a clear and consistent system for prioritising issues can also enhance the efficiency of your vulnerability remediation process. This will ensure your team remediate the most important issues first, which is not only a more efficient use of your resources, but crucial for keeping your organisation safe.
Within Prism Platform, each issue is categorised by clear, colour-coded risk ratings. The ratings range from ‘low’ to ‘critical’, providing your team with a logical system for remediating issues. Your team can filter by risk rating, and even receive email alerts when critical issues are added, enabling them to remediate the most serious issues faster than ever before.
6. Define your most important projects
How does your team know where to begin if critical vulnerabilities exist across multiple projects? Ensuring your team understand which assets to prioritise will enhance your security posture and align your vulnerability remediation process with your organisation’s goals.
On Prism Platform, you can create tags for your projects; these are customisable labels to help you personalise how you organise your data. You can use tags to illustrate a prioritisation system for your projects. Your team will then know exactly which issues to start working on, and can even filter by tag to seamlessly find the information they need.
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