Keep the Barbarians at the Gates by Bridging the SecOps Gap

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The crushing volume of security vulnerabilities remain a serious risk for enterprises. Left unresolved, one vulnerability can cause system downtime, a significant data breach, or organization-wide spread of malware.

The problem is that identifying, analyzing, and remediating vulnerabilities is often a manual and labor-intensive process. Also slowing the process is a gap between security and IT operations (SecOps) teams, where there is often little integration of tools and processes.

Yet, time is of the essence. Today’s increasingly complex and hostile cyberattack landscape makes it imperative to not only take immediate action, but to have a strategy to proactively prepare. In its Predictions 2020 report, Forrester Research warns: “Simply put, there are more attackers with more sophisticated tools aimed at a larger attack surface.”

These challenges make it critical to adopt a solution that not only closes the SecOps gap, but also proactively keeps the Barbarian threats at the gates. 

Closing the SecOps gap

The gap between security and operations teams is largely due to competing priorities. Security’s mission is to protect data and prevent data breaches by identifying vulnerabilities, and vulnerability scanners help them do that. These scanners typically results in vast quantities of data turned over to the Ops team for analysis and follow-up, a time-consuming, tedious, and manual process.

Meanwhile, IT Ops must also ensure application performance and uptime, perform IT maintenance, and implement business projects. All these competing priorities often prevent Ops from being able to close all of the scanned vulnerabilities found before the next batch rolls in — thus, creating a gap.

By applying end-to-end automation, this opening can be closed. An automated solution can quickly analyze the scanned data and map vulnerabilities to the relevant servers, routers, and switches. It can also reveal vulnerability severities, the business services at risk, and help set priorities for remediation.

Next, that solution can map vulnerabilities to the required fixes, such as patches or configuration changes, and then support the planning, approval, and change management process. Finally, automation executes the remediation and fixes the vulnerability.

Automating vulnerability management

No matter where companies are on the automation adoption curve, there is a place for an end-to-end automation solution that starts with security vulnerability identification and closes with remediation.

“First, I would recommend that companies review existing processes and perform a self-assessment of where they are in the adoption of automation,” says Roger Hellman, Global Marketing Director. Security and Automation, BMC.

“Next, they should evaluate the benefits — ROI, labor savings, improvements in security, increases in the number of security exposures that automation could close — of progressing to more advanced levels of automation implementation. One way to do this is to use the Vulnerability Management Maturity model.”

BMC Helix Remediate also helps companies close the SecOps gap with two components that make adoption easier: 

  • BMC Helix Vulnerability Management automates the remediation process, saving time and labor, while improving the quality of deployments. Considering that more than 18,000 new vulnerabilities are reported each year, manual methods for remediating them simply cannot keep up. Automation is required to stay ahead of the security threat. 
  • BMC Helix Cloud Security is quick to deploy, easy-to-use, and scans infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) resources in the public cloud for misconfigurations that constitute a security exposure. After finding these misconfigurations, it automates remediation to bring the resource back into compliance with policies and regulations to ensure a secure environment. 

End-to-end automation not only improves visibility across the IT infrastructure, it also helps close the SecOps gap while improving the organization’s security posture to keep the Barbarians at the gates. 

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