Monday Mar 18, 2024

#173 - Mastering Vulnerability Management

In this episode of CISO Tradecraft, host G Mark Hardy delves into the critical subject of vulnerability management for cybersecurity leaders. The discussion begins with defining the scope and importance of vulnerability management, referencing Park Foreman's comprehensive approach beyond mere patching, to include identification, classification, prioritization, remediation, and mitigation of software vulnerabilities. Hardy emphasizes the necessity of a strategic vulnerability management program to prevent exploitations by bad actors, illustrating how vulnerabilities are exploited using tools like ExploitDB, Metasploit, and Shodan. He advises on deploying a variety of scanning tools to uncover different types of vulnerabilities across operating systems, middleware applications, and application libraries. Highlighting the importance of prioritization, Hardy suggests focusing on internet-facing and high-severity vulnerabilities first and discusses establishing service level agreements for timely patching. He also covers optimizing the patching process, the significance of accurate metrics in measuring program effectiveness, and the power of gamification and executive buy-in to enhance security culture. To augment the listener's knowledge and toolkit, Hardy recommends further resources, including OWASP TASM and books on effective vulnerability management.


OWASP Threat and Safeguard Matrix -

Effective Vulnerability Management -


  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 00:56 Understanding Vulnerability Management
  • 02:15 How Bad Actors Exploit Vulnerabilities
  • 04:26 Building a Comprehensive Vulnerability Management Program
  • 08:10 Prioritizing and Remediation of Vulnerabilities
  • 13:09 Optimizing the Patching Process
  • 15:28 Measuring and Improving Vulnerability Management Effectiveness
  • 18:28 Gamifying Vulnerability Management for Better Results
  • 20:38 Securing Executive Buy-In for Enhanced Security
  • 21:15 Conclusion and Further Resources

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