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Staying on Top of the Latest Vulnerabilities with BeyondInsight v5.1

Posted April 21, 2014    Morey Haber

It’s no secret that dozens of new OS and application vulnerabilities are revealed every day. Staying on top of these new exposures normally requires paying for services or subscribing to multiple RSS feeds. BeyondInsight 5.1 provides customers with another option: a built-in, customizable vulnerability alerting system that delivers up-to-date information on the latest vulnerabilities in the wild.

BeyondInsight includes access to the Retina CS Enterprise Vulnerability Management database, a vast library of constantly updated Vulnerability Audits. This foundational knowledge base of vulnerability information details BeyondInsight’s tens of thousands of available vulnerability checks and associated mitigation procedures.

Keeping Proactive with Vulnerability Alerts

With BeyondInsight version 5.1, users can create Smart Rules to trigger custom, targeted email alerts of new or updated Vulnerability Audits. Alerts can highlight vulnerabilities by platform, technology, application, severity and other characteristics. For instance, the capability could be used to alert Oracle DBAs of any new or updated Oracle database vulnerabilities.

With BeyondInsight vulnerability alerts, asset owners throughout the organization can be notified of potential vulnerabilities on their systems before official assessments are even conducted. This means proactive administrators can apply patches before the vulnerability ever appears on a vulnerability assessment report.

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Tapping a Vast Vulnerability Database

In addition, BeyondInsight v5.1 includes a new Audit Viewer that enables users to search and review all vulnerability audits and mitigation procedures, whether the vulnerability has been identified in their environment or not. See the screenshot below for an example of a basic search for new vulnerabilities added to the Retina vulnerability database last month.

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This view can be saved, searched, and subscribed to (via email or network share) such that teams can review new audits or legacy findings without first conducting a vulnerability assessment. Users can search on any field, such as CVE number or target technology, and view a summary of all available Retina CS audits through the BeyondInsight interface.

Revisiting our Oracle example, DBAs would be notified when new audits are added – and they could then access the Audit Viewer to review all the checks the system performs in order to verify a system is fully patched and properly secured. In addition, BeyondInsight users, guest and auditors can drill-down from the solution’s high-level executive and summary reports to detailed vulnerability information for further analysis and remediation guidance.

BeyondInsight v5.1 facilitates proactive vulnerability management by enabling customers to not only pinpoint specific exposures via assessments, but also identify and understand the potential risks to their systems as soon as new vulnerabilities are announced.

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