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November 2005

Aerial View

TECHKNOWLEDGE Vulnerability management tools provide a realistic picture of the enterprise, where vulnerabilities are viewed in the context of the IT landscape. Imagine jumping from a plane. Your view from the air is quite different than your view on the ground. And the perception of your surroundings changes as you parachute down. That's because perception is subjective, individual and often fluctuates as new factors arise. The same notion is true when it comes to securing enterprise networks. By bringing perceptions of the network in line with reality, security practitioners can reduce the likelihood of mistakes. That's where vulnerability management (VM) comes in. Vulnerability management is an effective way for enterprises to understand their networks--without any preconceived notions. Case in point: If the perception is that the patch process covers all critical systems, yet the reality is that the corporate e-mail server farm is unpatched, there's a good chance of serious trouble when the next big worm comes around. By ...

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