More than one in four (27 percent) organisations globally have faced security breaches as a result of unpatched vulnerabilities, according to a survey among 340 info-security professionals worldwide by security and compliance solutions provider Tripwire. The rate is even higher in Europe, at 34 percent, said the survey.
Vulnerability management starts with visibility of the attack surface, and Tripwire’s report found that 59 percent of global organisations are able to detect new hardware and software on their networks within minutes or hours. In assessing the attack surface for vulnerabilities, 88 percent of infosecurity professionals interviewed said they run vulnerability scans.
However, the research found that organisations the degrees of effectiveness of these vulnerability scans varied noticeably from company to company. Almost half (47 percent) of the respondents said that less than half of their assets are discovered automatically, including 13 percent who don’t even use automatic discovery solutions.