This decision tree is all about you and your company. Although it’s a little too simplistic, the concept behind a Stakeholder Specific Vulnerability Category ( SSVC) states that your vulnerability should be addressed in a manner that is beneficial to you and your company.
After you have prioritized your vulnerabilities, you can take steps to reduce the risks. You can use a WAF solution to lower your vulnerability risk.
How to categorize vulnerability
Your company, if it is anything like many others, faces a multitude of vulnerabilities. There are many vulnerabilities that can be caused by human error embedded in web applications. You never know when and where it will happen. You must categorize.
You can categorize to distinguish between critical threats and low-risk vulnerabilities. Categorization is a way to identify which threat you should first neutralize. vulnerabilities that don’t present a threat, or may not pose an immediate threat.
However, you should address your vulnerabilities as they are easily exploited.
Your limited resources should be used to address threats most likely to cause a problem. This could mean that an attacker can exploit them easily or practically, and it is financially lucrative for the attacker (and therefore destructive to your company), as well as your company being used to attack supply chains.
If you are unable to exploit vulnerabilities, it might not be possible to do so. This can be left until you address more serious issues.
What exactly is SSVC?
SSVC is a method to identify a company that’s tailored for your business. It was originally created by government agencies and critical infrastructure organisations to evaluate their cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Private companies can now use it to the same extent.
Eric Goldstein how this method was created to evaluate vulnerabilities. It prioritizes remediation based on the state of exploitation as well as safety and pervasiveness within the system.
One system is a company or stakeholder. The goal of the new guidelines is to prioritise finding vulnerabilities in that particular system over following general recommendations from a risk assessment. New guidelines are focused on managing vulnerabilities’ complexity and number.
This explains how the SSVC decision-tree works. But, to summarize: There are four possible choices for every vulnerability.
- Track – Keep an eye out for vulnerabilities, but don’t take immediate action.
- Monitor* to identify the vulnerability. While immediate action is not necessary, you can find a solution by the time that the next update comes out.
- Supervisors should be aware of this vulnerability. The supervisors may have to contact the appropriate authorities for help. They may have to inform employees and consumers depending on how severe the vulnerability is. These issues should be addressed before the next update.
- Act Leadership needs to get assistance and information. The leaders should inform employees and customers about the vulnerability, and develop a plan for responding. It is imperative that this level of vulnerability be addressed as soon as possible.
Consider these 5 elements when deciding how to identify each vulnerability
- Exploitation status Is this vulnerability being exploited currently?
- Technical Impact:Would malign actors be able gain credentials through this vulnerability? What access would they be able to gain from the rest?
- Automation: How easy would it be for an attacker repeatedly to exploit this vulnerability again and again? The exploit could be automated
- Prevalence:Would exploiting this vulnerability have an adverse effect on your business? What downtime could it result in? What would it cost you to make your website unavailable for your customers?
- Impact on public well-being:Will exploits cause harm to the physical, psychological, and environmental environment? What will happen to the public if there is an attack? Are there any financial losses for consumers? Or will compliance be broken?
These factors should be considered when a is critical.
Management of Prioritized Vulnerability and Risk
After you have read the SSVC you will be able to determine where you want to begin patching. Now, the question is, how do you patch effectively and efficiently? You should update any code that is affected by a serious problem as quickly as possible. There are other ways that you can protect your system against external threats, even if they’re not as urgent or difficult.
It is often possible to minimize the threat of low-level attacks or get protection fast while you work on the code. Web app firewalls ( ) and Web Application Protection ( ), protect web applications from attacks by filtering and protecting data.
Based on the needs of your business, you can choose to use either a cloud-based solution or a SAAS solution . This approach won’t fix all vulnerabilities, but it will help to keep hackers away.
Virtual patching, regardless of the method used to protect your data while you work out vulnerabilities, can be a great way to keep your data secure. After identifying the vulnerabilities, use SSVC to prioritize them. Next, implement solutions for Act, Attend, Track, Track* and Track.
This organization will allow you to have the greatest chance of resolving the important problems while also protecting your less crucial vulnerabilities.