Vulnerability management: is there a better way?

Exploitation of vulnerabilities in applications and IT systems has become the most common attack vector for cyber criminals. As a result, vulnerability management has become a business-critical priority for CISOs. It’s an enormous challenge – there are simply more vulnerabilities than any company can realistically expect to patch. Accurate vulnerability prioritization is essential, yet traditional vulnerability assessment methods can’t keep pace with rapid changes in the threat landscape or provide security teams with data on the probability that threat actors will exploit a specific vulnerability.

Cybersixgill offers a better way to handle vulnerability management. Our Dynamic Vulnerability Exploit Score (DVE Score) identifies the vulnerabilities that are most likely to be exploited by threat actors in the near future, transforming vulnerability prioritization with exceptional accuracy and contextual intelligence that allows you to make better decisions to protect your organization.

The challenge of traditional vulnerability management

The conventional approach to vulnerability management is based largely on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS), an open framework that evaluates the damage attackers could do by exploiting a given vulnerability. Scores are usually assigned for common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs) that have been added to the National Vulnerability Database (NVD).

This framework for vulnerability management presents several challenges.

  • There is often a lag – sometimes months or years – from when a vulnerability is discovered and added to the NVD before a CVSS score is assigned.
  • Once a CVSS score is assigned, it rarely changes, even when a vulnerability becomes incredibly popular with attackers later on.
  • While CVSS scores evaluate the severity of a CVE, they don’t determine how likely the vulnerability is to be exploited by threat actors.

Ultimately, traditional vulnerability management doesn’t provide you with intelligence on the likelihood that a given vulnerability will be exploited by attackers in the near future. If you wanted to manage vulnerabilities with that kind of in-depth intelligence, you would need to continually evaluate and reevaluate CVEs in real time. That’s where Cybersixgill can help.

Accelerate prioritization and remediation with Cybersixgill

Cybersixgill is dedicated to protecting organizations against malicious cyberattacks that originate in the deep and dark web. Our fully automated threat intelligence solutions help organizations fight cybercrime by detecting phishing, data leaks, fraud and vulnerabilities. Our technology empowers security teams with contextual and actionable insights as well as real-time intel into existing security systems.

Cybersixgill DVE Score is a first-of-its-kind predictive vulnerability management solution. Designed to drive faster prioritization and mitigation of dangerous vulnerabilities, DVE Score applies machine learning to threat intelligence from the cybercrime underground to quantify the intent of threat actors and to anticipate the likelihood of a vulnerability being exploited in the next 90 days.

With Cybersixgill DVE Score, you can:

  • Supercharge your vulnerability management efforts with real-time contextual data on IOCs and CVEs.
  • Improve analysis of the vulnerability lifecycle, malware TTPs and trends.
  • Feed DVE scores to platforms in your security stack directly and easily.
  • Get automated early warnings of new malware threats and new CVEs, even before NVD has scored them.
  • Dramatically improve vulnerability management with more effective prioritization, patching cadence, and threat hunting for malicious IOCs.

How DVE Score works

The Cybersixgill DVE Score is calculated by continuous, AI-driven, real-time analysis of multiple threat intelligence streams. By monitoring conversations on the dark web as well as code repositories, clear web, social media, blogs, and other sources, Cybersixgill accurately predicts the probability of a CVE being exploited in the next 90 days.

For each CVE, our algorithm supplies a timeline and an event log based on dark web chatter and proof of concept (POC) codes written by threat actors to exploit that vulnerability. Each DVE score is accompanied by a rationale and an audit trail for the score, giving security teams greater visibility into the objective evidence behind its prioritization and making it easier to justify actions to peers and superiors.

With this intelligence, you can track threats from CVEs that are more likely to be exploited by active threat actors in the cyber underground – but which other threat intelligence providers have defined as irrelevant, obsolete, or low priority.

DVE Score is available as a feed through the Cybersixgill Investigative Portal or through an API. It can seamlessly integrate with all major threat intelligence platforms as well as security information and event management (SIEM) solutions. DVE Score can also be integrated with security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) technology and vulnerability management platforms.

Why choose Cybersixgill?

Cybersixgill provides organizations with exclusive, real-time access to the largest database of threat activity available on the deep, dark and clear web.

Uncover threat activity in any language, format or platform

Our threat intelligence collection capabilities have proven to be the broadest in the industry. We covertly extract data from a wide range of sources, including content from limited-access deep and dark web forms and markets, code repositories, invite-only messaging groups, paste sites and clear web platforms. Our fully automated collection and infiltration tools scrape data inaccessible to other vendors.

Capture and block threats as they emerge

We capture, process and alert security teams to emerging threats, TTPs (tactics, techniques and procedures) and IOCs (indicators of compromise) as they surface. Using advanced AI machine learning algorithms, we prioritize, enrich and score data based on our customers’ unique assets and attack surface. By quickly publishing profiles and identifying behavioral patterns, we enable teams to apply timely, practical, proactive solutions that reduce exposure to new risks before threat activity is launched.

Streamline and integrate threat intelligence data

Our threat intelligence data can be consumed through standalone solutions and seamless integrations with existing security stacks. We correlate, curate and prioritize each item to trigger automated playbooks and workflows, to accelerate remediation and incident response, and to increase productivity and efficiency of security teams.

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FAQs

What is a CVE in cybersecurity?

In cybersecurity, the definition of CVE (short for Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) is a database of publicly disclosed security vulnerabilities in software and IT systems that may be exploited by attackers. A CVE number is the ID given to a specific vulnerability or exposure after it has been discovered and added to the database.

What is a CVE rating?

A CVE rating is the score given to a CVE in the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS). Scores are based on the potential severity of damage that could be caused when attackers exploit a vulnerability. Scores range from 0 to 10, with 10 being the most severe.

What is vulnerability management?

Vulnerability management is the process of identifying, evaluating, remediating, and reporting on security vulnerabilities in IT systems and the software applications that run on them.

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