Anyone who has ever ridden a major subway system anywhere in the world has heard the phrase, “Mind the gap.” It’s a common warning issued to rail passengers to take caution while crossing the spatial gap between the train door and the station platform.

At its core, it’s about safety, security and avoiding accidents that can lead to serious injury and damage. You can use the same type of warning when it comes to the gaps in your network security.

The Importance of Vulnerability Management

It’s common knowledge that effective and constant vulnerability management is a high-priority security issue for organizations because, just like on a subway or rail system, gaps can lead to injury and damage.

Cybercriminals are smart. They exploit vulnerabilities in operating systems, middleware and application software, use techniques such as phishing and spoofing to inject malware, and seize unauthorized privileges to steal valuable information. They do it well and they do it quickly.

According to Verizon’s “2015 Data Breach Investigation Report,” almost half of newly reported vulnerabilities were exploited in the first four weeks after they were revealed. Fraudsters know many organizations cannot effectively patch new vulnerabilities across the enterprise in sufficient time. Identifying the right patches to fix vulnerabilities, prioritizing patching and remediating effectively on a large scale are big challenges for organizations.

Close the Vulnerability Gap

Read my recent technical blog to learn how the latest integration between IBM BigFix and QRadar Vulnerability Manager (QVM) can enable:

  • Effective collaboration;
  • Speedy remediation of critical vulnerabilities to mitigate security risks; and
  • Streamlined and prioritized IT activities that maximize resources.

Together, these cutting-edge capabilities can help you close the vulnerability gap in your network and keep your data safe.

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