Stop Treating Symptoms. Cure The Disease.
Whether your vulnerability management program is well established or you are just getting started, this course will help you think differently about vulnerability management. You will learn how to move past the hype to successfully prioritize the vulnerabilities that are not blocked, then clearly and effectively communicate the risk associated with the rest of the vulnerabilities in your backlog that, for a variety of reasons, cannot currently be remediated. You'll also learn what mature organizations are doing to ease the burden associated with vulnerability management across both infrastructure and applications as well as across both their cloud and non-cloud environments. MGT516 is based on the Prepare, Identify, Analyze, Communicate, and Treat (PIACT) Model.
MGT516 helps you think strategically about vulnerability management in order to mature your organization's program, but it also provides tactical guidance to help you overcome common challenges. By understanding and discussing solutions to typical issues that many organizations face across both traditional and cloud operating environments, you will be better prepared to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. Knowing that many organizations are adopting cloud services in addition to continuing to manage their more traditional operating environments, we'll also look at different cloud service types throughout the course and how they impact the program both positively and negatively. We will highlight some of the tools and processes that can be leveraged in each of these environments and present new and emerging trends.
"This course is essential for both well-established and developing vulnerability management teams." - Robert Adams, CBC
"A great course to utilize if new to cloud vulnerability management." - Amaan Mughal
This course will help your organization:
- Understand what is working and what is not working in modern day vulnerability programs
- Anticipate and plan for the impacts related to cloud operating environments
- Realize why context matters and how to gather, store, maintain, and utilize contextual data effectively
- Effectively and efficiently communicate vulnerability data and its associate risk to key stakeholders
- Determine how to group vulnerabilities meaningfully to identify current obstacles or deficiencies
- Know which metrics will drive greater adoption and change within the organization
- Capability to create, implement, or mature your vulnerability management program and get buy-in from your stakeholders
- Techniques for building and maintaining an accurate and useful inventory of IT assets in the enterprise and the cloud
- What identification processes and technologies are effective across both infrastructure and applications and how to configure them appropriately
- Which common false positives or false negatives to be aware of in your identification arsenal
- How to prioritize unblocked vulnerabilities for treatment based on a variety of techniques
- Effectively report and communicate vulnerability data within your organization
- Ability to identify and report on the risk associated with vulnerabilities that are blocked and cannot currently be prioritized for remediation
- A better understanding of modern treatment capabilities and how to better engage with treatment teams
- Talent for making vulnerability management more fun and engaging for all those involved
- Differentiating how to deal with application layer vulnerabilities versus infrastructure vulnerabilities
- An understanding of how our strategies and techniques might change as we move to the cloud, implement private cloud, or roll out DevOps within our organizations
MGT516 uses the Cyber42 leadership simulation game, critical thinking labs based on outlined scenarios, hands-on labs and demonstrations to provide you with the information you need to skillfully fight the VM battle. Cyber42 helps students absorb and apply the content throughout the course. In this web-based continuous tabletop exercise, students play to improve security culture, manage budget and schedule, and improve specific vulnerability management capabilities at the fictional organization, The Everything Corporation or E Corp. This puts you in real-world scenarios that require you to think through various options for improving the organizations maturity by responding to specific events. The following is a brief description of the different game components and other labs by section:
- Section 1: The Everything Corporation Company Overview, Round 1 Initiative Selection, Practice Event: Improve VM Program Image, and Events 1 & 2: Audit Action Item VM Policy & Standards & Shadow Cloud Usage; Moving to the Cloud, Asset Management Critical Attributes, Leveraging Asset Context Excel Lab and Domo Demonstration.
- Section 2: Events 3 5: Asset Inventory, Gap in Coverage, Space Race, and Round 2 Initiative Selection; Scanning Techniques, Scan Validation
- Section 3: Events 6 8: Healthcare Threat Intelligence Sharing, Inaccurate Report, and Third-party App Downloads; Contextual Prioritization, Adding Solution Groups and Types in Excel and ServiceNow Demonstration
- Section 4: Round 3 Initiative Selection, Events 9 & 10: Misconfigured Blob Storage, E-commerce Oops; Changing Culture, Remediation Effectiveness
- Section 5: Events 11 13: Legacy Systems, Code Coverage Challenge, and Space Race Part 2 The Board Meeting; Vulnerability Management Buy-In
"Excellent labs. More fun than I thought possible with vulnerability management." - Page Jeffery, Newmont
"I have really enjoyed the discussions around these labs and hearing similarities from other users. I think this format for labs is fun." - Isaac Philbrook, Premera
"Great experience with Cyber42!!" - Yann Esclanguin, Caterpillar
- Section 1: Course overview, cloud overview and design considerations, and asset management
- Section 2: Identification challenges, processes, and technology across both infrastructure and applications
- Section 3: Analysis and communication techniques for effectively influencing action
- Section 4: Common treatment or remediation processes and technologies
- Section 5: Getting buy-in, advancing your program, and tracking maturity
ADDITIONAL FREE RESOURCES:
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE:
- Student manuals containing the entire course content and lab introductions and debriefs
- Access to lab materials and bonus content and videos on the class website
- Access to the Cyber42 security leadership simulation web app
- MP3 audio files of the complete course lecture
WHAT COMES NEXT:
NOTE: SANS offers two courses with a focus on vulnerability management. MGT516 helps you think strategically about vulnerability management in order to mature your organization's program, but it also provides tactical guidance to help you overcome common challenges. SEC460: Enterprise and Cloud | Threat Vulnerability Assessment helps you build your technical vulnerability assessment skills and techniques using time-tested, practical approaches to ensure true value across the enterprise. Review the full comparison here.
""It is easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of vulnerability management information available to us. Vulnerabilities are present in just about every device and software we use, with new reports released daily. Managing this dynamic landscape is a challenge for organizations. Our goal is to provide students with a framework for managing the vast quantities of vulnerabilities, and building or improving their vulnerability management program. This will enable students to identify the key problems within their environment, evaluate potential solutions for those problems, and communicate within their teams and to the organization on the effectiveness of vulnerability management."
- Jonathan Risto
"I appreciated Jonathan sharing his personal examples today as he covered the material. Great real world challenges and made the content more relatable. Thank you!" - Bridget Aman
"I have spent over a decade helping organizations improve their infrastructure and application vulnerability management capabilities and programs. It surprises me how many organizations are struggling with similar issues. I'm also concerned when I hear from organizations about how they are going to successfully implement vulnerability management in the cloud, even while they are still struggling to manage vulnerabilities in their more traditional operating environments. With this course, we want to provide students with a better understanding of what they can do to improve their current program and extend that program into the cloud. We want them to understand the common roadblocks they will face and provide solutions to these challenges. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to vulnerability management, but there are definitely common themes in mature organizations. The course is also a great opportunity to learn from what peers are doing in their organizations to solve some of the same problems you may be facing. '
- David Hazar
"David has vast experiences with numerous different types of organizations in vulnerability management. During the class, this was vital in bringing in and discussing real-world challenges." - Vikas Bangia, Bessemer Trust