Vulnerability Detection and Patching: A Survey Of The Enterprise Environment

Vulnerability Detection and Patching Linux

Detecting vulnerabilities and managing the associated patching is challenging even in a small-scale Linux environment. Scale things up and the challenge becomes almost unsurmountable. There are approaches that help, but these approaches are unevenly applied.

In our survey, State of Enterprise Vulnerability Detection and Patch Management, we set out to investigate how large organizations handle the dual, linked security concerns of vulnerability detection and patch management.

The results produced interesting insights into the tools that organizations depend on to effectively deal with vulnerability and patch management at scale, how these tools are used, and which restrictions organizations face in their battle against threat actors. Download the copy of the report here.

Vulnerability management is an enterprise responsibility

Before we dive into the results of our survey, let’s take a quick look at why vulnerability management operations matter so much in large organizations.

Vulnerabilities are widespread and a major cybersecurity headache. In fact, vulnerabilities are such a critical problem that laws and regulations are in place to ensure that covered organizations adequately perform vulnerability management tasks – because the failure to do so can hurt a company’s customers.

Each industry has different rules that apply to it – with organizations that handle personal data such as healthcare records and financial service firms operating under the strictest rules. It has an impact on day-to-day vulnerability management operations – some organizations must act much faster and more thoroughly than others.

This is one of the points we explored in the survey, trying to understand how different industry compliance requirements affect vulnerability operations on the ground.

The survey

Early in 2021, we kicked off a survey with the intention to study three key factors in vulnerability and patch management operations. We examined patch deployment practices, how maintenance windows are handled, and tried to get a view into the overall level of security awareness of the organizations that responded.

The survey was advertised publicly to IT professionals around the world and it continues to run, even though we have published the initial results.