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Latest Secureworks integration protects against high-risk vulnerabilities

By Catherine Knowles, 13 Jul 2021

To enhance vulnerability detection and response, Secureworks has completed the integration of threat intelligence feeds from Secureworks Counter Threat Unit (CTU) into Secureworks Taegis VDR (Vulnerability Detection and Response).

This will help to identify and eliminate the latest high-risk vulnerabilities in enterprises before they can be exploited, the company states.

With Taegis VDR, security administrators will reduce the danger of being overwhelmed by the volume of vulnerabilities and the difficulties of integrating related information, the company states.

This is because of the fact that Taegis VDR intelligently prioritises vulnerabilities to reduce remediation efforts by 15x by assessing 50 factors across organisations, assets, and networks.

This now includes Secureworks CTU-curated threat intelligence to drive prioritisation. Each factor acts as a virtual expert with specific knowledge that feeds the artificial intelligence (AI) engine of VDR.

By integrating CTU threat intelligence, the need to manually correlate it with vulnerability data is eliminated, speeding up time to remediation.

Secureworks CTU performs more than 1,400 incident-response and 2,500 adversarial testing engagements each year and monitors 246 threat groups globally.

Continuous asset discovery, identification, vulnerability scanning, and prioritisation accelerates remediation by focusing on the vulnerabilities that pose the greatest threats to the organisation, the company states.

In applying advanced machine learning to prioritisation, Taegis VDR surfaces serious security issues that might otherwise be missed, such as a vulnerability that has a low criticality score but attacks a high-value asset with direct access to other vulnerable high-value assets.

Security teams can therefore focus remediation efforts on the vulnerabilities that present the greatest threats to their organisation, the company states.

Secureworks chief product officer Steve Fulton says, “With Secureworks Taegis, we are continually integrating our 20+ years of deep security expertise and current understanding of the threat with the latest advancements in software engineering and data science.

"Taegis VDR, unlike traditional vulnerability management systems, provides a risk-based approach that combines continuous scan data and threat intelligence with the power of machine learning, saving security professionals hours of manual work analysing, integrating, and utilising the data required to keep a company's IT infrastructure secure.”

IDC program director security services Craig Robinson says, “High-performing IT security teams know that a best practice for vulnerability management is integrating vulnerability scanning with threat feeds to accurately estimate risk.

"Without that extra level of intelligence, IT teams are presented with the impossible challenge of addressing every vulnerability.

"Working with the right partner allows companies to do more with less a necessity as companies face challenges such as a shortage of skilled talent and attacks that are increasing in volume and sophistication.”

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