A parasitic malware that attaches itself to a host file or the MBR (Master Boot Record). It replicates itself inside the victim's computer by modifying other programs and inserting its own code. A virus can cause billions of dollars worth of economic damage to businesses. It is designed to jump from one system to another, making it a nuisance for modern computer systems.
Vulnerability intelligence is a critical component of the risk assessment framework. It involves consolidating vital vulnerability information from a variety of external and internal sources and then providing a contextualized assessment of organizational risk. For each vulnerability, vendors examine historical data, criticality ratings, potential fixes, etc.
Vulnerability management involves proactively identifying and fixing potential weaknesses in an enterprise’s network security. The aim is to apply these fixes before a hacker can use them to cause a cybersecurity breach. Vulnerability management should take a comprehensive approach to the development of resilient network security best practices and processes designed to detect, analyze and address flaws in software or hardware that could serve as attack vectors. Vulnerability management might differ from one organization to the other depending the specific risks they face and resources available to tackle them.