NopSec Releases the 2017 State of Vulnerability Risk Management Report

2017 State of Vulnerability Risk Management Report

Our mission is to empower cyber security and risk professionals to make better decisions to reduce their cyber risk exposure. In this sense, not all vulnerabilities are created equal.

NopSec, a world leader in cybersecurity analytics, threat and vulnerability risk management and remediation, today released a new report, “The 2017 State of Vulnerability Risk Management”.

The annual report reveals emerging threat intelligence sources, security threats by industry, and the steadily rising correlation of social media and cyber threats. Conducted by the NopSec Labs research team, the report analyzes over a million unique vulnerabilities, 100 unique dark web properties, and nearly 90,000 vulnerabilities contained in the National Vulnerability Database over a 20-year period. Get the report now.

“Through NopSec’s dedicated research efforts and technology innovation, organizations can effectively prioritize and remediate security threats and vulnerabilities by leveraging advanced intelligent automation and machine learning,” notes NopSec’s CTO, Michelangelo Sidagni. “Our mission is to empower cyber security and risk professionals to make better decisions to reduce their cyber risk exposure. In this sense, not all vulnerabilities are created equal.”

Some of the report’s top findings include:


  • Dark Web data is an emerging threat intelligence source for cybersecurity companies to evaluate how important vulnerabilities are even if they do not have public exploits associated to them.
  • Relying solely on the CVSS Base Score makes it impossible to accurately prioritize vulnerability risks at scale for organizations of all sizes.
  • Social media has remained a top platform for cybersecurity professionals to evaluate the risks associated with emerging vulnerabilities.
  • Application-related vulnerabilities remain a top priority for organizations to remediate, as recent security breaches also demonstrated.

“Vulnerabilities and their exploitation are still the root cause of most breaches,” notes Gartner analyst Craig Lawson. “IT security leaders should refocus their attention on how vulnerabilities are being managed and should track this metric to…

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