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Luke Potter, Head of SureCloud’s Cyber Security Practice, explains how organizations can improve both their cyber security and compliance procedures by bringing vulnerability information together.

Today, organizations are handling vulnerability information from many different systems. These come in multiple departments and locations; organizations commonly use different systems in different areas of the business, while running penetration testing tools and security software that produce yet more data.

Alert overload

The number of alerts to interpret is overwhelming. IT teams need help bringing it all together, but what’s even more pressing is that all this information is vital for risk and compliance teams. These teams need to have visibility of all vulnerabilities.

Unfortunately, most businesses deal with more alerts than they can handle, and are suffering from alert fatigue. It is time-consuming to interpret and report on alerts to other areas of the business, which means it’s extremely difficult to achieve visibility across the organization.

Gaining a single source of truth  

What’s needed is a single, centralized collaborative cloud-based platform that brings all the alerts and relevant data into one integrated platform. An integrated risk management platform saves time and eliminates the need to manage and report across multiple points of data. With this kind of solution, the information security team gets a centralized view of all different vulnerability sources throughout the organization. Ideally, this kind of platform could bring together vulnerability data across multiple locations worldwide to give visibility across the entire business.

By centralizing this vulnerability data and linking it back to business risk, you can help risk and compliance professionals understand and report the information on risk registers appropriately. This output would also produce one single version of the truth that can be easily interpreted and actioned across the organization.

This helps both compliance and IT professionals to assess the business’ compliance posture, by mitigating issues from any location and assess the source of the vulnerability. This also allows practitioners to put together a complete and detailed audit trail. By translating cybersecurity data into GRC information, organizations can bridge the gap between cybersecurity and GRC for more effective compliance management.

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