The Fundamentals of Threat Remediation

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As cybersecurity attacks become increasingly mainstream, organizations in every industry have started taking a more active approach to addressing network security vulnerabilities. Running daily virus scans is no longer enough to protect your network. As a result, ongoing threat assessments and threat remediation tactics have become a fundamental aspect of any cybersecurity platform. In this post, we’ll explore the fundamentals of threat remediation, so you can start identifying vulnerabilities and protecting your network operations at every level.

What is Threat Remediation?

At the most basic level, threat remediation describes the process an organization uses to pinpoint and address network vulnerabilities. Once vulnerabilities have been identified, the next step in the threat remediation process is designing and deploying a solution that resolves the problem. Since cybercriminals are continually developing new ways to infiltrate networks and compromise sensitive information, threat remediation is not a one-and-done task. Instead, your organization’s threat remediation strategies need to be regarded as an ongoing process that evolves with the ever-changing cybersecurity landscape.

Strategies for Identifying Network Vulnerabilities

Due to the wide variety of security threats, the strategies an organization uses to identify vulnerabilities can take many forms, including:

Ongoing Security Audits

Performing regular security audits is critical not only to identifying weaknesses but also to ensuring your cybersecurity policies, strategies, and systems are working as intended. At the same time, frequent security audits clarify what your team can be doing better, particularly if you work in an industry with specific compliance requirements. We generally recommend that your organization schedule regular security audits at predetermined intervals to ensure no aspect of your network security is overlooked.

Additionally, frequent security audits allow your organization to adapt quickly to evolving security threats while quickly resolving any network loopholes that may arise. Ready to get started? Here’s everything you need to know about planning a cybersecurity audit.

Vulnerability Assessments

Vulnerability assessments come in two different forms with both generally involving a third-party vendor. You can either partner with a managed service provider (MSP) or deploy a software solution that regularly performs a vulnerability assessment. A vulnerability assessment involves scanning your network for any known cybersecurity vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities frequently involve any patches, upgrades, and updates that need to be made to software, infrastructure, and devices. With many other vulnerability strategies, your team has to find a solution to specific vulnerabilities. However, with vulnerability assessments, solutions are recommended by the software when vulnerabilities are identified, making regular assessments one of the more straightforward solutions for identifying and resolving network weaknesses.

Penetration Testing

The goal of vulnerability assessment and penetration are almost identical, so much so that some companies think of the two as one and the same. Yet there are some fundamental distinctions. While vulnerability assessments are mostly an automated process, penetration testing involves a team of ethical hackers attempting to compromise your network as a real-world cybercriminal would. If they’re able to breach your system, you get a detailed list of network threats you need to address. When they’re unable to breach your network, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that you’re doing everything you can to secure your network for the time being.

Unlike vulnerability assessments that are optimal when performed at fixed intervals, penetration testing generally does not need to be scheduled as frequently. We recommend planning a penetration test anytime you make significant network upgrades, updates, or any other major changes that may open up a new set of vulnerabilities.

Real-World Testing

All the strategies we’ve mentioned so far primarily involve testing the integrity of your software, infrastructure, and devices. Ultimately, these strategies only go so far to check one of your most significant network vulnerabilities: your own team. Fortunately, a variety of real-world cybersecurity testing solutions are designed to uncover your team’s weaknesses and protect against social engineering.

Tools like KnowBe4 and Rapid7 automatically deliver simulated phishing emails to employee inboxes on an ongoing basis. They then have the option to flag the email as phishing, or they can fall for the ploy. If they don’t spot the email as phishing, they’re then required to complete an online course that helps them build skills to identify phishing emails in the future. You’ll also be able to follow your organization’s statistics to plan further ongoing cybersecurity training.

Remediation Analysis

After you’ve identified vulnerabilities, the next step is remedying the problem. These solutions can vary, and there’s rarely just one quick fix. At the same time, you need to take additional steps to ensure fixing the vulnerability does not open up another loophole in your network. It may also be helpful to get a cybersecurity consultant involved to provide a fresh perspective and more efficiently develop and deploy a solution.

The Los Angeles Cybersecurity Experts

Whether you’re in the process of developing a threat remediation platform or you need some help with vulnerability remediation, contact the experts at Be Structured today. We’ll work with you to clarify any vulnerabilities and deploy a solution that keeps your network protected at every level.