Traditional vulnerability management is broken because it was built to discover vulnerabilities, not prioritize them. Since security teams are chronically understaffed, patching prioritization is paramount for good cybersecurity posture.

From the time of introduction, the lifecycle of a single vulnerability goes through multiple stages involving several key stakeholders who each have different motivations and roles. To reduce risk from exploitation of unpatched systems, the security team must continuously identify the enterprise’s open vulnerabilities, check for availability of patches, prioritize these patches, and then systematically roll them out to their assets.

Read this essential guide to understand:

  1. What patching prioritization is and why it matters
  2. The lifecycle of vulnerability exploitation
  3. Characterization and scoring of vulnerabilities
  4. How you can raise your patching strategy to a whole new level