LEIPZIG, November 2020 | How to manage vulnerability? An interesting question, not only for medical professionals and psychologists. Even in the IT of organizations, it is almost every day to find the most sustainable answers possible. A firewall and anti-virus program alone won’t do the trick – just remember the recent past: When “WannaCry” hijacked the Deutsche Bahn train arrival and departure display boards in May 2017, the pitfalls of complex systems in particular quickly became apparent. In that case, the ransomware had an easy job because they simply failed to patch the ageing PCs behind the display boards. “That can become a real problem for companies and institutions of all kinds,” Holger Maul knows from experience. “New devices are constantly being added to the company’s inventory, different operating systems, various software and so on. Not to mention the Internet of Things, which is already knocking on the door. All of this has to be checked and serviced regularly, whereby the old inventory must not fall behind.” Every version of hardware and software can therefore pose a risk that can hardly be dealt with manually. The CEO of Deskcenter Solutions AG therefore recommends automation: “Because if the assets are not properly managed, the doors are potentially left wide open for Malware & Company. And that cannot only be quite embarrassing, but also extremely expensive.” The industry has long since defined vulnerability management as one of the currently biggest challenges in IT. What that means in concrete terms and how it can be effectively implemented is clearly and precisely summarized in the new Gartner report “The Essential Elements of Effective Vulnerability Management”. The valuable analysis paper is now available for a short time exclusively and free of charge from Deskcenter as download.