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CCOs: Let Threat Analyzer do the heavy lifting

Posted June 20, 2012    Jerome Diggs

In a recent article on Dark Reading, The Compliance Officer’s Dirty Little Secret, the topic of how Chief Compliance Officers (CCO) form their decision making process(es) around compliance was brought to light. One major decision CCOs are responsible for making is whether to pay the fines associated with non-compliance versus the cost of achieving compliance.  I’m sure there are many debates that can go back and forth of the efficacy of either case depending on industry, regulatory requirements, the degree of a breach, etc. but in MANY cases the former is far more costly than the latter when you think of legal risks from class action lawsuits (incurred following a breach), cost of notification to customers, brand image, potential stock price fallout not to mention the cost of consultants and technology to remediate the problem.

Retina Insight provides organizations with an in-depth enterprise view so compliance teams can make informed decisions on where their highest risk areas are located, as provided in our Threat Analyzer Asset Risk Heat Map.  In the example below we see across the organization that the Cricklewood data center presents the highest risk (based on Total Asset Score) within the organization and is a natural starting point for corporate risk reduction.

Risk Profilers allow compliance and operational teams to ability to quickly identify where the most critical vulnerabilities within the enterprise lie using both built-in and customizeable profiles.


Here (above) we see a Risk Profile that filters all vulnerabilities with malware toolkits across the enterprise.

Customization allows us to build on the profile and narrow down to a specific platform (database for example). This allows operational efficiency as the database team understands which areas of their network needs focus.

Once identified compliance teams can steer operational teams towards remediation efforts that will yield the highest rate of risk reduction during a normal remediation cycle.  Operations teams can determine an acceptable number of vulnerabilities they can remediate during a cycle and the Threat Analyzer can then recommend which vulnerabilities will yield the highest asset risk reduction.  In this case the operations team is looking for the top 20 recommendations across the assets in the Cricklewood datacenter.  Threat Analyzer looks across various mitigation types and determines which ones will reduce the risk profile most effectively.  Here we see a total asset score reduction close to 10% and a total vulnerability count reduction of close to 20%.  Compliance officers can immediately understand how to effectively reduce corporate risk.

Diving deeper in the Capacity worksheet allows us to further understand the amount of resources needed to appropriately plan for remediation during a customer’s normal remediation cycle.  Allowing for customization based on platform, available resources and the number of tasks a resource can reliably accomplish during the remediation cycle.   Operational teams can now best plan where to focus their efforts.

Retina’s Threat Analyzers bridges the gap between compliance and operations which provides CCOs visibility into the current risk landscape as well as what cost and efforts are needed to reduce risk in a timely manner which is unique to the Retina solution. Try Retina for Free Now.

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