Reduce your Cyber Exposure with Microsoft Defender
Seamlessly remediate vulnerabilities and minimize risk within your organization and establish a connection between security and IT teams.
It is discovered that through the year 2020, more than 99.9% of cyber-attacks are due to known vulnerabilities.
What are known Vulnerabilities?
A known vulnerability is often one with a Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) ID. When a vulnerability is discovered, the CVE Numbering Authority (CNA) will assign it a number and used it to identify vulnerability across the databases and tools.
However, many vulnerabilities have yet been discovered by CNA. These vulnerabilities are common in an open-source project that is done in public or stored in open databases.
Some of these vulnerabilities are discovered and shared but not often fixed or file for a CVE ID. A vulnerability could also be captured in a closed vulnerability database but was not shared with the public or attacker.
All these vulnerabilities are categorized and put as known vulnerabilities.
The Unique Value of Microsoft Threat and Vulnerability Management (TVM)
The first and greatest defense against these assaults is by reducing exposure to known vulnerabilities and misconfiguration or preventing the threat before it occurs.
It is also important to bring in skilled security and IT teams together to repair the issues swiftly and effectively.
This is where Microsoft step in and helps business seamlessly remediate vulnerabilities and minimize risk within their organization and establish a strong connection between security and IT teams using vulnerability management feature in Microsoft Defender for Endpoint.
- Real-time endpoint detection and response (EDR)
By accessing the Insight dashboard as shown below, both security administrators and security operations teams can view the organization’s exposure score and Microsoft Secure Score for Devices, along with top security recommendations, software vulnerability, remediation activities, and exposed devices.
The dashboard also is already having built-in and agent-based sensors that detect vulnerabilities even when the device is not connected to the organization’s network. This eliminates the responsibility of security and IT teams to do a periodic scan and a real-time vulnerability and misconfiguration assessment. Allowing a more detailed and precise remediate strategy.
02. Risk-based prioritization
Besides that, the TVM dashboard will also prioritize the vulnerabilities detected based on the threat insights, breach likelihood, and asset value.
The sorted and prioritized vulnerabilities are then given exposure score, device expose distribution, and a top security recommendation based on the organization’s risk exposure and the urgency that it requires.
The prioritization features will provide the security team with a better view of the severity of the risk and assess the true threat to the organization.
In addition to that, as shown in the figure above, each security recommendation includes a simple threat icon and remediation type that further shortens the time to mitigate and remedy the vulnerability.
03. Accelerated and simplified Remediation
The security team will then be connected to the IT team through a remediation request workflow from the Security recommendation pages to Microsoft Intune.
When done filling in the remediation request, the IT team will then receive the notification and decide whether to approve or reject the request. A remediation activity will automatically begin. Allowing both the security and IT teams to view and track the remediation progress.
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