Secure Your Systems with Effective Vulnerability Management

A vulnerability is a bug, a weakness, or flaw that can be leveraged to gain unauthorized access to a network, often by a malicious threat actor. Though there are many types of security vulnerabilities, but some common types of vulnerabilities affecting SAP, Oracle, and other business applications are: 

Missing patches: Patches are regularly released by vendors to fix known security problems in their software. If the patch is not applied, you leave your application vulnerable and that weakness could be targeted by a malicious actor. 

Misconfigurations: Misconfigurations means there are issues within the settings of your system or application. Common issues we see in this area include lack of encryption and admin accounts with default passwords.

Authorization issues: Authorizations dictate what a user can do within your system and what data they can access. Many organizations utilize the least privilege principle to help avoid authorization issues. Common weaknesses include overly privileged users and users assigned “all access” profiles unintentionally.

Understanding Criticality and CVSS in the Context of Vulnerability Management

The ability to prioritize is an essential part of vulnerability management. Discovering vulnerabilities and ending up with a lengthy to-do list of problems simply isn’t enough. Context and insight into each vulnerability or issue’s severity and potential business impact is critical, so you can make a decision on how to respond. Does it need to be fixed immediately? Can it be deprioritized? In some cases, you can even decide it’s not severe, and you are comfortable accepting the risk it poses. 

Industry standard to rate the criticality of vulnerabilities is the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS), which is maintained by The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST). This system provides a score from 0.0 (no issue at all) to 10.0 (most critical). 

If you are interested in learning more about CVSS Score and how the Onapsis Platform leverages this score to assess and prioritize vulnerabilities within SAP and Oracle applications for customers, read this blog.

What is Vulnerability Management?

We’ve addressed that not all vulnerabilities are equal and new ones are constantly being discovered, so having a solution and process to stay on top of them is critical as part of a larger security strategy. Vulnerability management is the continuous process of identifying, classifying, prioritizing, remediating, and mitigating software vulnerabilities. 

No matter the industry or size of your organization, every business can benefit from a vulnerability management solution. An effective vulnerability management program regularly checks for vulnerabilities, provides information around criticality and business impact, and supports remediation of vulnerabilities by aligning security, IT, and DevOps teams.

Why is Vulnerability Management Important?

At the center of every enterprise organization are certain critical applications for core functions such as finance, manufacturing, human resources, sales, and supply chain management. Whether they exist on premises, in the cloud, or as a mix of both, an attack against any of them has the potential for a devastating impact across the entire organization. To protect these SAP and Oracle applications, enterprise organizations commonly employ a “defense-in-depth” security model (i.e., applying layers of technology to protect critical systems), but, unfortunately, not enough consideration is given to the last layer of security for the critical application itself, especially since these systems are frequently managed by information technology professionals focused more on development and continuity rather than security.

An attack against a business application could weaponize the rights and privileges of an administrator. If an administrator role is hijacked, the attacker could bypass all controls of the application, as well as its business data and processes. Successfully exploiting a vulnerable system allows an attacker to execute a wide range of malicious activities—from impacting supply chains and manufacturing processes to redirecting financial payments to compromising highly sensitive data, most of which is subject to compliance regulations. The need to have a solution in place that is tailored to protect your SAP and Oracle systems is more urgent than ever before. 

Here are a few reasons why you need vulnerability management capabilities specifically designed for your most business-critical systems:

There Is A Better Way To Protect Your SAP & Oracle Applications

Introducing Onapsis Assess–providing focused and comprehensive vulnerability management that enterprises require for their most critical SAP and Oracle applications. Onapsis Assess provides deep visibility into your entire application landscape, deep, automated assessments with detailed solutions and descriptions of associated risk and business impact. InfoSec and IT teams gain automated assessment and prioritization capabilities including step-by-step remediation instructions for simple and straightforward resolutions. 

Onapsis Assess is one part of the Onapsis Platform, a comprehensive suite of security tools built to secure SAP and Oracle applications. The Onapsis Platform is powered by the threat intelligence, research, and insights of the Onapsis Research Labs, the team responsible for the discovery and mitigation of more than 1,000 zero-day vulnerabilities in business applications.

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