What Is Microsoft Defender Vulnerability Management?

Zaid Shaikh, Technical Support Engineer Azure/Office 365

Comprehensive risk-based vulnerability management is necessary to discover, analyse, fix, and track all of your greatest vulnerabilities across your most important assets. This can be done with just one system.

For Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, and network devices, Defender Vulnerability Management provides asset visibility, intelligent assessments, and built-in remediation solutions. Defender Vulnerability Management quickly and continuously prioritizes the biggest vulnerabilities on your most important assets and offers security recommendations to reduce risk. It does this by leveraging Microsoft threat intelligence, breach likelihood predictions, business contexts, and device assessments.

You can enable your security and IT teams to close process gaps, priorities, and fix key vulnerabilities and configuration errors throughout your company using Defender Vulnerability Management. Reduce the danger of cyberattacks by:

Discovering assets and inventories

Even when devices aren’t linked to the corporate network, Defender Vulnerability Management built-in and agentless scanners continually monitor and identify risk in your business.

You can find and evaluate all of your organization’s assets with the aid of a single inventory that provides a real-time consolidated picture of your organization’s software programmers, digital certificates, network shares, and browser extensions.

Analyze misconfigurations in internal network shares, find certificates before they expire, see information on extension permissions and related risk levels, and detect possible risks brought on by poor signature methods.

Assessment of vulnerability and configuration

Utilize cutting-edge techniques for vulnerability and configuration assessments to comprehend and evaluate your cyber exposure.

· Create configurable baseline profiles for security baselines :To analyze risk compliance in relation to industry standards like the Center for Internet Security’s (CIS) and Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIG).

· Gain insight into the organization’s software inventory: as well as programmer modifications including installations, uninstallations, and patches.

· Network share assessment: If a network share configuration is found to be risky, see the security recommendations page for concrete security advice.

· Threat analytics and event timelines :To comprehend and rank vulnerabilities, use event timelines and entity-level vulnerability assessments.

· View a list of the browser extensions :That have been installed on all the browsers in your company.

· Digital certificates: From a single central certificate inventory page, you may view a list of the certificates that have been placed throughout your company.

Intelligent prioritizing based on risk

Defender Vulnerability Management makes use of Microsoft’s threat intelligence, breach likelihood forecasts, business contexts, and device evaluations to swiftly priorities your organization’s most critical vulnerabilities. You may swiftly fix the greatest vulnerabilities on your most important assets by using a single view of prioritized suggestions from several security feeds, together with crucial data like linked CVEs and exposed devices. Intelligent risk-based prioritizing.

· Focusing on new threats: It dynamically matches security advice with threats that are now posing the greatest danger and vulnerabilities that are being used in the wild.

· Determines where active breaches are occurring : Links vulnerability management and EDR information to rank the vulnerabilities being used in an organization’s active breach.

· Identifies exposed devices with business: Critical apps, sensitive data, or high-value users to protect high-value assets.

Cleaning up and following up

Create procedures that will allow security administrators and IT administrators to work together to quickly resolve problems.

Remediation requests submitted to IT: From a specific security suggestion, create a remediation task in Microsoft Intune.

Blocking susceptible programmers: gives you the opportunity to reduce risk for particular device groupings

Alternative mitigations : Learn about several mitigations that might lessen the danger brought on by software vulnerabilities, such as configuration adjustments.

Real-time monitoring: of the status and development of remedial actions taking place across the company.

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