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Better Security Management with a Consolidated View of AV and Vulnerabilities

Posted May 19, 2011    Alejandro DaCosta

We expect our smart phones to handle all of our business needs: phone calls, voicemail, email, and calendar functionality, at the very least. Why not expect the same consolidated approach with your security products? Take for example the relationship between vulnerabilities and malware. Most of the malware, trojans, worms, etc., get into a system by exploiting vulnerabilities in applications such as Adobe, IE, Firefox, etc. Vulnerabilities and malware really have a strong correlation and so should the products that manage each one. 

Here at eEye, we have taken this consolidated approach for years, first with the introduction of the REM management console and most recently with Retina CS. These consoles, at their core, allow an IT professional to easily manage endpoint protection agents as wells as vulnerability assessment data from a single location.

eEye’s unified approach comes with many benefits:

  • Lower total cost of ownership
  • One central console, a single server or appliance
  • Correlated reporting that includes vulnerability and attack data
  • Risk assessment of both vulnerability and attack data
  • A shorter learning curve with a single application
  • A single dashboard depicting your true security posture
  • Unfortunately, I have seen many environments where there is a disconnect between vulnerability management and endpoint protection. In some cases, vulnerability assessment is not part of the picture at all! These environments also tend to rely just on an anti-virus application for protection. This is equivalent to saying, “Let the vulnerabilities I don’t know of be exploited and let the malware be delivered. I only want to be protected against known threats and I want this protection to occur once the malware is on my system and has subsequently triggered a signature.”  I’m not saying that you should not have an anti-virus, but rather that your endpoint protection agent should combine an AV layer with other layers of protection.  These other layers should not be signature-based and should provide Zero-Day protection.  Blink, eEye’s endpoint protection solution, is a clear example of this. Blink takes a multi-layered approach to security and combines vulnerability assessment as part of its package. 

    Want a consolidated view of your environment? See an On-demand Demo of Retina CS.

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