As technology becomes increasingly sophisticated, manufacturing companies have had to adopt a more aggressive approach to system and network security. Relying on firewalls and basic antivirus software is no longer an option, as cybercriminals have developed new methods for exploiting unsecured production equipment and connectivity tools. Large-scale data breaches are commonplace in almost every industry, and many IT security teams have struggled to keep pace with the evolving threat landscape. This trend has forced business leaders to go on the offensive, but mitigating cyber threats can require significant investment in security infrastructure and remediation tools.

The only way to fully protect on-premise systems and applications is to develop a proactive cybersecurity framework that emphasizes threat detection and vulnerability management. Unlike reactive security models, this approach provides a clear picture of your company’s attack surface, allowing your internal or external IT team to locate weak points in your digital defenses before an incident occurs. That said, manufacturers must remain vigilant even after their vulnerability assessment and remediation program is deployed, as new threats are constantly cropping up.

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Vulnerability management is an ongoing process

Even the most robust cybersecurity protocols require constant refinement, which is why the security experts at Certitude Security have developed a comprehensive process for combating existing and emergent threats. Our focus on deep system and network analysis can help you identify areas of improvement that you may have overlooked, ensuring your IT assets and business information are protected from a variety of common risks, such as:

  • Malware, ransomware and viruses.
  • Zero-day threats and exploits.
  • Man-in-the-middle attacks.
  • Data and credential theft.
  • Botnet and DDoS raids.
  • Phishing attempts.

As the manufacturing industry continues to embrace the transformative power of automation, robotics and cloud computing, many companies have experienced a sharp rise in damaging security incidents. While these cutting-edge technologies offer a wide range of operational benefits, the lack of broad standardization has created significant challenges for small and medium-sized production environments. Every new hardware and software deployment represents a possible attack vector that cyber criminals can exploit, expanding the need for threat intelligence and vulnerability management tools.

How Certitude Security manages security vulnerabilities

Vulnerability management is a continuous cycle that incorporates a series of high-level processes, including threat discovery, reporting, prioritization and response. While each phase is characterized by different security-related tasks, they work in tandem to reduce your IT assets’ risk profiles. 

To get an idea for how Certitude Security’s cybersecurity professionals approach vulnerability management, let’s take a closer look at each stage individually:

Step 1: Discovery

Our security specialists locate, categorize and assess every computing asset on your network, from IoT sensors to employee workstations. Once identified, we create a detailed profile for each asset that includes relevant information on vulnerabilities, configuration and patch state. This information is used to build a comprehensive knowledge base, which is regularly refreshed when new devices are added to your production line.

Step 2: Reporting

After the raw data has been compiled, our security experts sift through the knowledge base to create comprehensive reports on potential threats found during the discovery phase. The reporting process is often automated through vulnerability scanning, as not every piece of data will provide the sort of actionable insight that our clients are looking for. These reports can provide increased visibility into your network security and overall attack surface.

Step 3: Prioritization

Following the reporting stage, Certitude Secruity helps you rank the known security vulnerabilities to locate the risks with the largest business impact. This enables you to address the most critical issues immediately and allocate your IT resources with greater efficiency, reducing operational expenses and costly downtime. This vulnerability management phase is one of the most crucial, as it allows you to create a data-driven action plan for remediating and mitigating specific cyber threats.

Step 4: Response

The last phase of the vulnerability management process is to use your plan to act on the generated threat intelligence. Manufacturers often have a range of options for addressing the identified flaws, though some issues may require significant production downtime. While a missing patch may be simple to correct, other remediation efforts are not as straightforward. Certitude Security will work with you to minimize disruption while your system, network and device security risks are being resolved.

If you’d like to find out more about our vulnerability management solutions, contact us today.

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