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5 Lessons learned from the CyberRisk Summit

Orani Amroussi | August 04, 2022

Last week, we held our semi-annual CyberRisk Summit. We brought together our industry’s leading practitioners to discuss the tools, technologies and best practices that they turn to each day to improve their organizations’ security posture. 

But if you missed the sessions, don’t worry! We’ve put together this list of the main takeaways from our latest event – the recording of which you can find here.

The future is about data

Gone are the days of straightforward cyber risk management. Welcome to the future – where data reigns supreme. Today’s cyber security efforts must be centered around consolidating, prioritizing, orchestrating, and remediating cyber risk issues. And, as we embrace new technologies across networkapplication, and cloud environments (and more), the vulnerability data quickly becomes unmanageable. The simply enormous volume of unsynchronized data that we get from multiple sources and attack surfaces means we’re seeing major challenges around noise, accuracy, and depth. That’s why we need to improve the way we harness our data, identify what matters, and take the necessary steps to act upon it. 

Cyber security research must consider the big picture

For each organization, security research means something slightly different. But there are common threads, wherever you work. For example, Log4Shell had a drastic impact on organizations’ work going forward. But the key lesson from this vulnerability was to see it not as one standalone issue, but as an attack vector that could help you protect your organization overall. New vulnerabilities will always bring up new challenges, but we can mitigate that cyber risk by identifying potential trends and commonalities as each threat arises.

Vulnerability management must scale with the vulnerabilities

As new vulnerabilities emerge and the cyber risk landscape grows across all attack surfaces, it’s easy for security teams to drown in the sheer amount of tasks demanding attention throughout the everyday vulnerability management effort. And, as practitioners remain stuck in the weeds, the threats only continue to proliferate. 

Vulcan Cyber® helps reduce vulnerability management task fatigue through deduplication of effort, automation, and new features like vulnerability clusters. And greater efficiency makes it easier to scale vulnerability management efforts as the cyber risk landscape continues to grow exponentially. 

Application security can be smarter

Application security today is about consolidating vulnerability and risk data from a vast and siloed ecosystem (SAST, DAST, Bug bounties, etc), prioritizing that data according to business risk, and then executing cyber risk management workflows across multiple teams and stakeholders. At every stage, communication is key, ensuring a continuous remediation loop and a culture of owning cyber risk. 

But the best intentions can’t always translate into the necessary actions. That’s where a cyber risk management tool like Vulcan Cyber can help, supporting application vulnerability management including application security posture management (ASPM) and application security orchestration and correlation (ASOC).

Risk data is only as valuable as the results

More ingestion points for your data suggest valuable visibility into your entire cyber risk landscape. But as we invite more and more information into our systems, we encounter a new problem: today’s data sprawl means we’re faced with asset duplications and muddy results that can leave even the most experienced practitioners struggling with the sheer volume of data. 

The latest innovative features from Vulcan Cyber help your teams collect, consolidate and analyze the cyber risk data your business needs. Use the platform to augment compliance, supplement threat intelligence through prioritized data, and gain valuable insights into an organization’s risk when doing due diligence for M&A. 

The CyberRisk Summit may be held every six months, but cyber risk isn’t a semi-annual event. It’s a daily – and increasing – concern, demanding better workflows, greater buy-in from other stakeholders, and clear communication to ensure that organizations improve their security posture as they face the rising tide of vulnerabilities. 

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