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As threat vectors against government agencies continue to grow, the Biden Administration set aside $64.1 million in spending for vulnerability management, giving federal agencies a powerful tool to fight cyber threats. Vulnerability management is one approach that can help many agencies detect network threats and understand where they can be exploited. Vulnerability management applications manage, prioritize, and predict the exploitability of vulnerabilities throughout an agency and produce insight reports that contain relevant, actionable information on which vulnerabilities to patch first. This was the topic of a recent EDGE Webinar Series.

Thousands of vulnerabilities can be present within an organization, so how do security teams know which ones to patch first? Vulnerability management can sort through the pain points and prioritize which ones to remediate. This gives direction to the team and guidance to executive management on the organization’s risk posture. By understanding the risk profile of an agency and which vulnerabilities are high-risk, security teams can improve on mitigating future cybersecurity threats.

Using machine learning and predictive modeling, vulnerability management applications can help agencies better understand their risk. By assessing risk through combined vulnerability data, asset information, and real-time threat intelligence, agency security teams can proactively manage their high-risk vulnerabilities and take action to improve risk reduction. These advanced programs focus on reducing risk scores the most when developing remediation plans for which vulnerabilities to patch.

Security and IT teams are able to align these applications with the mission of reducing the most cybersecurity risk. Actionable intelligence delivers answers to what teams need to fix, how to fix it, and why. In addition to reports for vulnerability patching, agencies can receive detailed reports on how their risk posture has changed over time and assess the capabilities of their security and IT teams. Vulnerability management supports agencies in making informed decisions about their security programs.

By prioritizing vulnerability patching with vulnerability management, agencies can put a stop to high-risk cyber threats and de-prioritize risks that aren’t a threat. Vulnerability management applications oversee the agency’s networks and assess the potential threats so that security and IT teams can stop threats before they occur.

Listen to more of the upcoming EDGE360 Webinar Series with topics ranging from funding stream tools, connectivity, and deployment options for IoT here.