The Vital Role of a Vulnerability Database in Your Vulnerability Management Program

The Vital Role of a Vulnerability Database in Your Vulnerability Management Program

Attackers are continuously looking for new vulnerabilities to take advantage of. They easily exploit the ones that are not remediated and still prevalent among the endpoints. While we come across various tools and strategies to execute Vulnerability Management, it is essential to understand about Vulnerability Management database in extensive detail. Having a vulnerability management framework that regularly checks for new vulnerabilities is crucial for preventing cybersecurity breaches and reducing attack surfaces. While any organization chooses a vulnerability management program, it is vital to understand the importance of a vulnerability database or SCAP feed. 

What is a vulnerability database? 

A vulnerability database has the goal to maintain, collect and disseminate information about discovered computer security vulnerabilities. The database conventionally describes the identified vulnerabilities, assesses the potential impact of affected systems, and any updates or workarounds to mitigate the issue. Vulnerability database assigns a unique identifier to each vulnerability found. It is either numeric or alphanumeric. Database information can be made accessible through web pages, API, or exports. 

Opensource databases: Are they effective?

There are various open-source vulnerability databases available in the market. Few of the well-known ones include NVD, Issue trackers, OSVDB (open source vulnerability database), Security Advisories. Even though these databases produce collective information of vulnerabilities, they still come with a set of challenges.

Continuously monitoring the open-source databases and merging them with your vulnerability management program is not easy and delays the whole vulnerability management process. These databases also produce a scattered view of vulnerabilities that are not published in one place. Open source is chaos, with no rules or support to dictate one strict line of vulnerabilities publication.

Hence it is recommended you have a well-built vulnerability database integrated with your vulnerability management tool. With this, you can get better visibility over your vulnerability exposure and plan on quick remediation measures. 

Things to look out in your vulnerability management database

The vulnerability management program chosen by any organization has to find any critical vulnerabilities and fix them by patching them automatically. For this, the vulnerability database has to be extensive and must be capable of identifying even the most minor vulnerability exposure. Here are few things you have to look out in your vulnerability database: 

Number of vulnerabilities supported: More the number of vulnerabilities, better the chances of detecting anything vulnerable in the network – As the Vulnerability management database grows in size, it is almost effortless for the IT teams to discover all types of vulnerabilities.

Immediate availability of latest updates: The vulnerability database should be up-to-date with information on the latest vulnerabilities. Numerous vulnerabilities are detected every day, and it is critical to discover a vulnerability immediately to prevent any exploits and reduce the risk exposure. 

Key Highlights of SecPod’s vulnerability database:

  • Extensive Coverage – Provides CVEs and CCEs for various penetrating systems, servers, applications, networks, and mobile devices.
  • Professional Quality – The content has been developed professionally and is tested for security.
  • Vast Target – Has broad content coverage for operating systems, enterprise servers, applications, networks, and mobile devices.
  • Daily Update – Offers daily release and is in sync with the product’s repository.

SanerNow leverages this database and detects vulnerabilities in the endpoints accurately. With integrated patch management, the detected vulnerabilities are remediated quickly without any security gaps. 

To watch SanerNow’s vulnerability management capabilities in action, sign up for a demo today. 

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