You might say that InfoSec risk management is effectively asset management, threat management, and vulnerability management. What do we have? Who would want to attack it? And what attack vector would they use? The prioritization of fixing or mitigating the vulnerabilities is based on business impact. That is, a measure of how such an attack would affect an employee’s productivity and an organization’s mission. The following article gives a good overview of the vulnerability side of the process.
Remediating IT vulnerabilities: Quick hits for risk prioritization
Use multiple information sources. As J. Wolfgang Goerlich, network operations and security manager for a mid-sized money management firm told me, he looks for reports that provide “solid information regarding what the threats are and at what frequency they’re occurring.”
To keep the fix process focused and effective, know your environment and business impact, create meaningful metrics that take into account public and private ratings, and stay on plan with preset time-to-fix periods.
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