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Automation Is the Key to Improving Time-to-Remediate and Time-to-Patch

By Blog, Cybersecurity, Endpoint Security, Patch Management, Vulnerability Management

Cybercriminals are notorious for their swift actions. Once a zero-day exploit is discovered, they waste no time infecting numerous systems in the hours that follow. This malicious activity persists for weeks, and in some cases, even months, due to the sluggish response of many organizations in implementing necessary patches and taking remedial measures.

Responding to a zero-day exploit can be a laborious and time-consuming process, especially for organizations lacking automated systems. The response time spans from just a few hours to several weeks, depending on the complexity of the exploit and the efficiency of the remediation process employed by the organization. One has to consider the time required to identify, validate, and fix the vulnerability, plus the additional time needed to deploy the patch across all affected systems. In many instances, the longer the time-to-remediate or resolve (TTR) and time-to-patch, the more severe the potential consequences, underscoring the critical role of automation in cyber risk response.

Similarly, if cybercriminals unearth a weakness in the organizational defenses or manage to compromise a user account, they don’t waste time capitalizing on it. Some launch a major attack in seconds by unleashing ransomware or other malware. Others use that foothold to gain access to privileged accounts or mission-critical systems. They move rapidly and then quickly cover their tracks. Their goal is not a smash-and-grab raid. They want to learn the workings and finances of the organization unobserved while they determine the most lucrative and opportune way to profit from their efforts. When they strike, the only thing preventing devastation is the ability of the organization to respond effectively with the minimum of TTR.

Rapid Patching Minimizes Time-to-Remediate Emergencies

Many cybersecurity response emergencies can be traced back to failure to effectively and speedily patch. The correlation between cybersecurity emergencies and a failure to patch quickly is largely about the window of opportunity. Cybercriminals strive to exploit the vulnerability before the organization can patch it. This situation often leads to a lag time between the discovery of a flaw and its patching – a window that cybercriminals exploit. This is why automation is so crucial in reducing the time-to-patch.

Despite this reality, the majority of organizational breaches occur due to the exploitation of known vulnerabilities for which patches exist but were not implemented. The latest Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) sheds light on the fact that unpatched vulnerabilities, such as Log4j, were among the most severe incidents reported in 2022. The report emphasizes the criticality of promptly patching known vulnerabilities and swiftly addressing zero-day exploits and other attack vectors. In essence, organizations with poor time-to-patch and time-to-remediate (TTR) metrics expose themselves to greater risks.

How Can Enterprises Reduce Their Time-to-Patch and Time-to-Remediate?

Automation is the ultimate solution for reducing time-to-patch and TTR. With the sheer number of patches that require deployment across numerous endpoints scattered across various clouds, systems, and networks, manual patching simply cannot keep up. By automating the patching process, organizations can significantly minimize the gap between identification and remediation of vulnerabilities, thereby reducing the window of opportunity for cybercriminals to launch an attack. When patches are deployed rapidly and effectively, it lessens the occurrence and severity of cybersecurity emergencies.

Automation can help enterprises accomplish such things as:

  • Comprehensive scanning to detect all endpoints and devices
  • Rapid patch deployment
  • Patch and remediation workflow automation, ideally with no scripting required
  • Pre-checks of available system, network, and endpoints resources to ensure patches and remediations can be deployed
  • Testing of patches before full production deployment
  • Verification of patch installation

With these items addressed by automation, time-to-patch and TTR can be brought down to hours or days versus weeks, months, or years.

Syxsense Cortex: The Ultimate Scanning and Remediation Automation Tool

Syxsense Cortex simplifies complex IT and security processes via automation. It is a drag-and-drop visual editor that removes the need for scripting expertise. With an ever-growing library of pre-built workflows and templates, organizations can lower their IT and cyber risk as it pertains to vulnerabilities, reduce the burdens of tedious tasks for IT and security teams, and enable them to focus on critical business initiatives.

Syxsense Cortex enables users to combine logic, approvals, and actions to automate complex processes and bring an end to long patch and remediation timelines. Syxsense Cortex also makes it possible to deploy several software updates simultaneously and effortlessly. Its script-free capability minimizes repetitive manual work and reduces the time needed to complete complex tasks. It streamlines the management and remediation of security issues enabling them to be detected much sooner. Further benefits include the visualization of workflows and processes ranging from inventory to scans, patch prioritization and supersedence, patch verification, detection and remediation of vulnerabilities, and a variety of other IT management and security actions.

Never again wonder about your true security and management posture. Syxsense can help you realize the benefits of automation while providing real-time monitoring and alerting that will keep you in the know on potential threats as well as any changes that occur in your environment. And then leverage Syxsense Cortex to reduce your risks automatically.

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400 Security Professionals Report What Vulnerability Management Program Features They Needed Most

By Blog, Cybersecurity, Vulnerability Management

What are organizations doing right now to fill their vulnerability management gaps?

Experts carefully weigh technology, automation, compliance, and procedures to gain full visibility across their IT environment. It’s an ongoing lifecycle that takes time and collaboration to figure out. Vulnerability management (VM) can’t exist on an island. It’s time to stop thinking of VM as a siloed, isolated practice.

The State of Vulnerability Management Report surveyed 421 cybersecurity professionals who shared the facts and statistics behind what works for building a mature VM program. 

Tech execs, managers, and IT security practitioners answered top questions about VM that will give you a real-world look at how they’re assessing risk. 

What preventive measures are organizations turning to? How can you try them, too?

Before you dive into the report, here’s a shorter breakdown of how to weave VM into your existing processes so that it doesn’t feel like you’re adding more work.

What’s Inside Your Vulnerability Management Program?

Only 19% of organizations have achieved a high level of maturity in their VM program. Plenty of opportunities to do better, especially considering every organization spotted vulnerabilities.

26% of organizations spotted over 100 per month—that’s a high level of risk.

If you’re not performing regular scans, how can you know what needs remediation? And before you even start scanning, you need an evolving and active inventory of your current assets. 

When planning a strong VM program, you need to pinpoint vulnerabilities, assess their risk level, and establish escalation triggers.

Respondents emphasized the need for full visibility, mainly in:

  • Endpoints/desktops/laptops
  • Servers
  • Mobile and IoT devices

Along with the ability to keep track of them whether they’re at home, roaming, on the network, or in the cloud. 

Here’s where automation lightens the workload with scanning and remediation.

Your Patch Deployment Speed Matters

Are you patching:

  1. On the same day
  2. After a week
  3. Monthly basis
  4. Longer?

Depending on your answer, you might expose yourself to vulnerabilities for too long.

If you’re taking over a week to patch, like 47% of respondents, you’re susceptible. Inaction is dangerous. Vulnerabilities love delayed patching.

Small but mighty teams say automated patch management drastically cuts patch deployment time and effort. They don’t have to sacrifice productivity to patch research, either.

When it comes to deployment, teams need convenience. Scheduling reboots and updates during off-hours makes deployment more straightforward and puts you in control. It also saves someone from being breached due to outdated software.

Eight Real-World Practices to Use for Your Vulnerability Management Program

As vulnerabilities increase, so does the need for continuous monitoring, effective patch management, VM, risk assessment, detailed reporting, proof of compliance, and 100% visibility. 

Survey participants highlighted the VM features that were the most important to building their program. We’ve broken down their approaches into eight practices that have worked for other organizations. These are the best practices used by skilled teams, and they’re the same steps you can use to start your program.

These eight practices lead to full visibility and realistic workload expectations for smaller teams who want to automate responsibly. 

2023’s Vulnerability Report breaks down the foundational steps to help you evaluate an already existing VM program or start one from scratch. It’s all the facts necessary to explain to your team and other departments why those recommended updates are the reason the business is staying protected.

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Nearly a Quarter of Organizations Experience a Breach Due to Unaddressed Vulnerabilities and Only 19% Have Reached High-Level Maturity in Their Vulnerability Management Program

By Cybersecurity, News, Press Release, Vulnerability Management

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Syxsense, a global leader in Unified Security and Endpoint Management solutions, and Cybersecurity Insiders, an online community of over 500,000 information security professionals worldwide, today released new research exploring the “2023 State of Vulnerability Management.” The research reflects the latest trends, key challenges, and solution preferences for vulnerability management across a range of technical executives, managers, and IT security practitioners from organizations of varying sizes and industries.

The research shows that managing cybersecurity vulnerabilities remains a significant challenge for most organizations. In fact, 78% of respondents report experiencing an increase in vulnerability volume over the past 12 months with almost a quarter experiencing a breach due to unaddressed vulnerabilities. Making matters worse, only half of respondents (51%) reported having a moderate level of visibility into vulnerabilities in their environments. Of that number, 26% have detected more than 100 new vulnerabilities every month.

Additionally, while continuous vulnerability scanning is employed by 35% of respondents, there remains a considerable lag in patch deployment as only 11% deploy patches the same day they become available, and 47% take more than a week. Furthermore, only 65% of organizations prioritize vulnerabilities based on risk. This lag in vulnerability management presents a huge window of risk for organizations (and opportunities for attackers) and suggests a need for more efficient vulnerability management strategies.

“Vulnerability management continues to be difficult for many organizations, especially when rapid technological advancement and ever-increasing attack surfaces outpace the ability to preempt emerging threats,” said Ashley Leonard, Founder and CEO at Syxsense. “Sadly, with only 19% of organizations having achieved a high-level maturity in their vulnerability management program, there is substantial room for industry-wide improvements. Today, too many vulnerabilities go undetected – or if detected, unpatched or not remediated in a timely manner – as organizations still grapple with limited resources or expertise to shore up their vulnerability management strategy.”

Other notable research findings include:

  • Vulnerabilities on the rise – The majority of respondents are experiencing an increase in vulnerabilities over the last 12 months, with 38% seeing an increase of up to 25%, 25% seeing an increase of 26%-50%, and nearly 15% seeing an increase of 51% or more.
  • Barriers to improvement – Budget constraints (56%) and skills shortages (46%) were leading challenges for organizations when it comes to improving vulnerability management.
  • Solution priorities – Organizations are most interested in refining the accuracy of vulnerability detection (79%). Reporting and analytics (63%) and the cost of ownership (61%) were also top priorities.

To download the entire “2023 State of Vulnerability Management” please visit this link: 2023 State of Vulnerability Management: Key Insights & Strategies

About Syxsense

Syxsense is a leading software vendor providing endpoint security and IT operations management solutions to Managed Service Providers (MSPs), enterprises, and government organizations. Its solutions provide real-time visibility and control over endpoint devices, networks, and cloud infrastructure, helping organizations to protect against cyber threats, improve IT operations, and reduce risk. Syxsense is the first Unified Security and Endpoint Management (USEM) platform that centralizes the three key elements of endpoint security management: security and patch vulnerability management, remediation, and compliance controlled by a powerful drag-and-drop workflow automation technology called Syxsense Cortex™. Syxsense is a single cloud-based platform supporting Windows, Linux, Mac, and mobile devices on-premises and in the cloud. For more information, visit



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2023 State of Vulnerability Management: Key Insights & Strategies

By Cybersecurity, Report, Vulnerability Management

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In conjunction with Cybersecurity Insiders, we’re pleased to present this report of findings from a recent survey on the 2023 State of Vulnerability Management.

Managing cybersecurity vulnerabilities is a significant challenge for most organizations. Unaddressed vulnerabilities open doors to cyber threats, while the sheer volume of potential risks can make it difficult to prioritize remediation tasks effectively. Rapid technology advancements and ever increasing attack surfaces often outpace organizations’ abilities to stay ahead of emerging threats.

This survey was designed to shed light on current practices, obstacles, and perspectives in vulnerability management. Through understanding how organizations are tackling these challenges, the “2023 State of Vulnerability Management” report offers strategic insights and industry benchmarks.