Data Overload & How Vulnerability Management Teams Are Dealing With Data Floods

For some time now, vulnerability management teams have dealt with the periodic release of the data flood gates, which can result in overwhelmed teams. While enduring the extra pressure of these data floods, your vulnerability management team might overlook some of the compounded data that should always be scrutinized thoroughly after your company’s vulnerability & SIEM tools have completed their routine scans of your network.

This brings up the issue of response time: if something suspicious triggers an alert in your infrastructure, how much time does your vulnerability management team have to isolate the alert and weed through the mountain of data - all the while having to remediate once the data has been digested manually by your team?

Should You Prioritize Data?

Simply put, yes. Compuquip understands that an attack against your network can happen at a moment’s notice - you won’t have the ability to wrap your head around all this data living within your network. This is where your prioritization of assets comes in. Certain assets should, and will, take precedence over others in case of a breach or routine IT vulnerability exercise against your organization’s security posture. 

How Should You Prioritize Data?

Organizations may have different disaster recovery plans and processes in place for when your network’s security backbone is put to the test. So, how should you prioritize your organization's data? First thing first: critical assets need to be considered when prioritizing assets. This not only includes your servers and desktop hardware, but also your organization’s firewalls, endpoint detection and response, and antivirus software as well.

To simplify this we’ve made our list of five crucial steps to collecting data:

  1. Collect
  2. Evaluate visibility
  3. Learn the normals within your infrastructure
  4. Detect the non-normals
  5. Alert
How MTTD & MTTR Can Help With Data Overload

By knowing your company’s Mean Time To Detect (MTTD) and Mean Time To Respond (MTTR) rates, your cybersecurity team can begin to gauge how well they perform in a real-world or simulated attack on a network. Whether it’s a notification on your SIEM or an adversary breaking into your network, MTTD & MTTR can help calculate “X” amount of time it took to detect and respond.

What Are Some Tools to Assist Your Security Team With Data Overload?

While some tools may claim to be your all-in-one for data classification or vulnerability management, Rapid7’s Insight VM platform has outperformed them. Additionally, tools like Spirion champion data security and classification. There are many resources on the market, but these two really cover all fields of vulnerability management and data security. 

With that in mind, these tools do require a set level of expertise to manage them. After all, a tool is only as useful as the expert behind it.

Contact Our Data Vulnerability Management Experts Today

Whether your organization is in need of a 360° data audit or you want to see how we can tailor security solutions for your organization, Compuquip is here to serve as your dedicated cybersecurity resource & partner. Contact our team today to speak with our experts and learn more!

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