Threat and Vulnerability Management Program

Why have a Threat and Vulnerability Management (TVM) Program?

A Threat and Vulnerability Management Program is meant to help an organization establish and maintain plans, procedures, and technologies that help detect, identify, analyze, manage, and respond to information security threats and vulnerabilities.

Threats are often defined as events or actions that can disrupt an organization and their assets while a vulnerability is a weakness in an information security program. It's a security program's job to make sure that these threats don't exploit these vulnerabilities in order to maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of company and client information.

A TVM Program establishes the processes and policies that help an organization accurately assess the threats and vulnerabilities they need to consider so they can build the appropriate remediation plans to strengthen their security posture. A strong. TVM Program often has three major areas of activity: program governance to perform the charter, mission, and mandate along with oversight and reporting requirements, threat management to establish a process to identify and deal with emerging threats, and vulnerability management to identify and prioritize the remediation or isolation of known vulnerabilities.

TVM Program Development

Establishing a threat and vulnerability management program can help your organization manage your remedial efforts. An effective program can help with the following:

  • Maintain an inventory of your organization's IT assets and essential systems.
  • Identify and analyze emerging threats based on your security environment.
  • Identify and prioritize vulnerabilities in your security environment.
  • Correlate threats with your vulnerabilities and begin remediation according to your organization's priorities.

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