Balbix helps you align your patching and risk mitigation activities with business risk
One of the big challenges of traditional vulnerability assessment is knowing what to scan. It is particularly problematic to cover non-traditional assets such as bring-your own devices, IoTs, mobile assets and cloud services.
With Balbix you do not need to specify what to scan as Balbix automatically (and continuously) discovers and categorizes your assets, i.e., any devices, applications and users present on your extended network, and analyzes them for vulnerabilities. Balbix also estimates business criticality for each asset based on analysis of usage and network traffic.
Real-Time and Continuous, with Natural Language Search
Legacy vulnerability tools are cumbersome to operate, and are typically configured to perform periodic (often monthly) scans. As a result, the enterprise’s understanding of risk from vulnerabilities is typically several weeks out-of-date. You might recall the superhuman efforts required the last time you had an emergency patch situation, or when the CFO inquired about the risk from wannacry.
Balbix is real-time and operates continuously and automatically. The risk model surfaced by Balbix is usually seconds or less behind the actual on-network conditions, and you can answer questions about your cybersecurity posture and risk using google-like natural language search.
As all cyber-defenders know, any enterprise network is only as secure as its weakest link. An effective vulnerability management program must cover all types of assets and all sorts of security issues beyond unpatched software.
Unlike legacy vulnerability assessment products, Balbix provides comprehensive vulnerability assessment across all asset types: managed and unmanaged, IoTs, infrastructure, on-prem and in the cloud, fixed and mobile. Balbix also analyzes each asset against 100+ attack vectors. For us the word “vulnerability” means something closer to the English definition of “vulnerability”, and not just a CVE, and includes issues like password reuse, phishable users, and encryption issues.
Five-Pronged Risk Calculation
Legacy vulnerability and patching tools use primitive risk metrics to prioritize vulnerabilities. Their calculation is typically based on CVE score and a simple business impact model (high, medium, low), and leads to priority inversion and wasted effort.
Balbix’s risk-based prioritization of vulnerabilities factors in 5 things— vulnerability severity, threat level, business criticality, exposure/usage and the risk-negating effect of compensating controls. This results in very accurate prioritization and helps you avoid needless busy work fixing low priority issues.
Customizable Notion of Risk
Organizations have different top risk concerns based on the nature of their business. Legacy vulnerability management treats all security issues the same way.
Balbix lets you to define risk areas appropriate for your business using natural language search, and then maps your vulnerabilities to these areas. For example, one such risk area can be “intellectual property”, and Balbix will let you analyze, prioritize and remediate vulnerable assets that contain intellectual property.
Implement MTTP SLAs
Patching systems periodically is a big portion of enterprise vulnerability management. With legacy tools, most organizations have a normal patching cadence and a separate process for dealing with emergency patching. This leads to many important enterprise assets being unpatched for weeks on end.
With Balbix, you can set up target mean-time-to-patch SLAs for vulnerabilities of different likelihood values for asset groups of different business impact levels. These SLAs can be used to create tickets and drive patching workflows in a prioritized fashion to minimize cyber-risk exposure due to unpatched systems.
End-to-End Identification, Prioritization, and Resolution of Vulnerabilities
Ultimately, Balbix allows you to set up your business risk areas and manage how vulnerabilities in these areas are automatically mapped to their asset-group owners with risk-based priority. Based on desired SLAs, tickets are automatically created, assigned to the relevant owners and tracked.
Ticket owners are offered alternatives between fixing the vulnerability (e.g., by patching) or implementing some compensating control. Balbix continuously monitors the network for fixes and mitigating controls. Balbix also enables the comparative benchmarking and reporting of different groups’ vulnerability management practices.
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