WaterISAC’s 15 Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Water and Wastewater Utilities, #7 – Embrace Vulnerability Management discusses how vulnerability management is at the core of every cyber risk management strategy. It also highlights that only when you know what you have are you able to effectively discover, prioritize, and remediate vulnerabilities to any (IT or OT) system. Therefore, a comprehensive asset inventory is a foundational prerequisite for successful vulnerability management. Verve Industrial seems to agree with us. In its latest post Verve states, “a powerful asset inventory management solution is crucial for a successful vulnerability management program.” The value of asset inventory usually goes unchallenged, but too few organizations do it effectively, especially where OT devices are concerned. Don’t let the challenges of asset management contribute to the deficiencies of vulnerability management. Vulnerability management is a continuous process, completely intertwined with asset inventory. Together they contribute to the success of your overall cyber defense. For a quick reference and more resources on comprehensive asset management, review #1 – Perform Asset Inventories in WaterISAC’s 15 Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Water and Wastewater Utilities. See what else you might be holding back your vulnerability management at Verve
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