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Top VM Reports for Government

Posted March 21, 2011    Morey Haber

In continuing the series on top reports for vertical markets, this blog will focus on reports that help government entities at the state, local, and federal levels. Like any vertical, having reports that are dedicated to the mandates and requirements that matter to the organization are critical. It is not only about which vulnerabilities are present, but also about what laws may be violated and which mandates are not being supported correctly.

For starters, let us take a quick look at the State of Massachusetts.  The state has a specific law commonly referred to as Mass 201 and it governs the use and distribution of personal information within the state, regardless of a paper or electronic transaction. It has specific sections on the safe guards of information and breaches in security. It applies to all residents in the state and any business performing transactions within the state.  Within Retina Insight and Retina CS, eEye has specific reports that track vulnerabilities based on these regulations. The report below is a good example of how an entity can track security risks month-over-month using these solutions:

Each vulnerability identified with the solution is mapped to the proper regulation and tracked month-over-month for relevance. This gives a unique perspective on how assets may be violating the laws and which systems and vulnerabilities (available as detailed drill down) are the cause of each infraction.  In this example the entity is identifying more vulnerabilities month-after-month related to the regulation, but failing to provide proper mitigation. This is a good example of poor remediation processes and an extreme case for unacceptable risk.

State and local governments are not the only government entities that can benefit from the advanced reporting and tracking capabilities within eEye solutions.  The US Federal Government has been a long time user of the solution and specific mandates and requirements for STIGs, FDCC, USGCB, IAVAs, and NIST (and several others) are all included in the solution.  As a second example, let us review a NIST Compliance Summary Report (partial sample only) for the month of January 2011.

As shown above, individual controls for Management, Operational, and Technical controls and their sub requirements are mapped to each and every vulnerability in the solution. This provides a high level summary of the state of assets managed by NIST controls and allows multiple layer detailed drill down into the assets, vulnerabilities, and recommendations for remediation.  Additional details are also available in a wide variety of reports for NIST within the solution and provides the guidance necessary for specific infrastructure mandates.

If you consider these two example as just the tip of the iceberg of top reports that can support government entities,  you will find the results will match your requirements and exceed your expectations for managing vulnerabilities related to applicable laws and controls.  The top reports for government will vary based on state, local, federal, or military requirements and eEye solutions are designed to meet your needs. For more information, please click here.

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