Vulnerability Management Tools for IT Professionals

The secure feeling of seeing everything on your network 

What's Vulnerability Management?

Vulnerability management tools scan enterprise networks for weaknesses that may be exploited by would-be intruders. Should the scan find a weakness, the vulnerability management tools suggest or initiate remediation action. In this way, vulnerability management tools reduce the potential impact of a network attack.

This approach to network security differs from firewalls, antivirus or antispyware software, and Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS). These security tools are designed to manage attacks on the network as they occur. In contrast, vulnerability management tools instead search for potential weaknesses and fix them in an attempt to mitigate potential future network attacks.

Vulnerability management tools initially assess the network using network and port scanners, IP scanners, etc. They then prioritize remediation so that the most significant issues are addressed first. The best practice is to allow vulnerability management tools to perform limited scans, and remediate weaknesses immediately to reduce the time to resolution. Conducting more extensive scans delays remediation while the scan completes and therefore leaves weaknesses found during the scan unattended until the scan is complete.

Remediation should happen quickly, and according to the vulnerability management tools’ prioritization schedule. Systematically eliminating network weaknesses reduces dependence on peripheral intrusion detection technologies. If a bad actor gains network access, attacks can be minimized by removing vulnerabilities intruders may encounter.

Vulnerability Management for DevOps

Agile, rapid app development and deployment must be secure.  

The rapid adoption of DevOps is leaving traditional security practices in the dust. Manual processes, infrequent scans and siloed tools cannot keep up with the pace of development velocity and continuous release cycles. As a result, DevOps and application development broadly are creating a Cyber Exposure gap that puts at risk some of the most sensitive data and systems in any organization. Cybersecurity leaders must rise to this challenge and find new approaches to securely enable business innovation.


Cybersecurity leaders turn to Tenable to integrate security testing into the DevOps pipeline without sacrificing velocity. Now you can provide vulnerability assessment, malware detection and policy enforcement prior to application deployment to secure DevOps processes. You can also gain comprehensive visibility and insight into the security of production applications with frequent and automated web application scanning.

Vulnerability Management for Operational Technology

Detecting complex and evolving cyber threats requires advanced tools, knowledge and training. For example, OT environments contain more than OT. Up to half of the environment can also contain IT-based devices. Stopping attacks and preventing damage require expertise and comprehensive security that can address both.

What are the recommended tools for Vulnerability management?

Tenable - The Exposure Management Platform

Tenable envision a future in which vulnerability management and other preventive cybersecurity tools come together in a new paradigm it calls exposure management.
An exposure management program brings together technologies such as vulnerability management, Web application security, cloud security, identity security, attack path analysis and external attack surface management to help your organization understand the full breadth and depth of its exposures and take the actions needed to reduce them through remediation and incident response workflows.

Qualys VMDR 2.0 - Redefining Cyber Risk Management

With VMDR 2.0, enterprises are empowered with visibility and insight into cyber risk exposure – making it easy to prioritize vulnerabilities, assets, or groups of assets based on business risk. Security teams can take action to mitigate risk, helping the business measure its true risk, and track risk reduction over time.