Cybersecurity Asset Management Software

Virima’s intelligent CSAM follows two rules:

  • You can’t secure what you don’t know you have. 
  • Just knowing what you have doesn’t tell you why you have it.

Virima Cybersecurity Asset Management Software is not just an inventory management of critical assets. Virima Cybersecurity Asset Management Software enables you to know why these assets are considered critical, and how critical is critical, in order to understand risks and vulnerabilities that need to be prioritized and remediated.

Benefits

Build an accurate IT inventory

Virima’s holistic IT asset discovery and management software helps you find and manage your assets across corporate networks, extended edge and cloud environments. Virima makes it easy to catalog all your physical and virtual computers, cloud, network, software and peripheral assets.

Catalog configs, software and OS patches

Virima’s intelligent CMDB automation provides a single source of truth for all hardware and software asset information, including hardware configurations, operating system details, installed software and patches, locations, ownership, contracts, SLAs, CI updates, and more.

Apply the right security priorities and policies

Virima arms you with critical and relevant asset information, enabling you to make informed decisions on which vulnerabilities need to be prioritized and what security policies need to be applied.

How Virima CSAM works

Virima Cybersecurity Asset Management Software offers a foundational package for you to mitigate cybersecurity vulnerabilities by giving you insightful information with which you can make informed decisions:

  1. Our IT Discovery software provides an inventory of what assets you have and how they are configured with high accuracy 
  2. Virima tells you which assets have known vulnerabilities by leveraging the NVD integration 
  3. Our ViVID business service maps, with intuitive visualization, shows you the application and service interdependencies between these assets to help you make informed decisions and understand why you have the assets. 
  4. Virima’s Autonomic Social Discovery automates human intelligence gathering for a deeper understanding of your cyber asset inventory.  ASD can be leveraged to fill important knowledge gaps for things such as asset lifecycle status, ownership information, business criticality, policies and SLAs.Assigning a Service Value Rating (SVR) to each asset helps you determine its overall criticality to business services and major applications. Understanding the SVR helps establish such things as remediation priorities, policy attribution and SLAs.   

Features

IT asset inventory management

  • With Virima’s IT asset inventory management, you can:

    • Ensure complete visibility and coverage of all hardware and software assets on the network
    • Conduct regular inventory scans to identify all connected devices, including rogue and unmanaged devices that may pose security threats
    • Categorize assets based on their type, location, and function to easily identify risks and vulnerabilities, and equip you with relevant information to ensure compliance with security policies and regulations
    • Track asset configurations throughout their life cycle to continuously discover, classify, and manage vulnerabilities, ensuring a robust and updated cybersecurity posture with full 360-degree coverage.
    • Ensure that all devices and software are up-to-date with the latest security patches (Windows only) and upgrades, and maintain proper hygiene across the network
    • Monitor software licenses to help avoid security breaches from unauthorized or outdated software. 
    • Identify device owners and assign responsibility for managing and securing each device to ensure accountability and effective risk management
    • Provide you with necessary information to establish a process for decommissioning and disposing of retired assets to avoid potential security risks, and ensure compliance with data privacy regulations
    • Integrate the IT asset inventory management system with other cybersecurity tools, such as vulnerability scanners and threat intelligence platforms, to ensure complete asset visibility and streamline security operations, and stay ahead of emerging threats and cyber attacks.

IT Discovery

  • With Virima, you can:

    • Identify all managed devices on the network, including virtual machines, and cloud resources, etc.
    • Locate all unmanaged devices, such as rogue access points, guest machines, and IoT devices.
    • Conduct continuous discovery scans to maintain an up-to-date inventory of all managed devices and their configurations.
    • Discover critical relationships and dependencies to make informed decisions regarding impact, risk, and priorities.  
    • Identify security risks, such as unpatched devices and unauthorized software, as part of the discovery process, to maintain proper hygiene and reduce the attack surface of the network.
    • Use discovery data to inform security policies and procedures, such as access control policies and incident response plans, to improve the overall security posture of the organization.
    • Use discovery data to track compliance with security and privacy regulations, and to inform risk assessments and audits.
    • Leverage discovery data with other cybersecurity tools, such as vulnerability scanners and threat intelligence platforms, to enhance threat detection and response capabilities.

Configuration management

  • With Virima’s automated CMDB, you can:

    • Virima’s configuration management capabilities can help you ensure that all IT systems and assets are configured in accordance with security best practices and relevant regulations and standards, reducing the risk of cybersecurity incidents resulting from misconfigurations
    • Virima’s automated discovery and inventory management capabilities can help you quickly identify all IT systems and assets, allowing for more comprehensive configuration management efforts
    • Virima’s reporting capabilities can provide detailed insights into configuration management efforts, allowing you to quickly identify and address any potential gaps or areas for improvement in their cybersecurity risk management processes
    • Virima’s service mapping capabilities can help you better understand the dependencies and relationships between different IT systems and assets, allowing for more effective configuration management efforts that take into account the broader IT environment
    • Virima’s integration with leading ITSM platforms can provide you with additional insights and capabilities for configuration management and overall cybersecurity risk management.

ViVID Service mapping

  • The Virima Visual Impact display is a culmination of automated discovery and human intelligence to produce dynamic visualizations of complex application dependency and infrastructure relationships. These relationships are contextualized in a sort of heads up display useful for effective incident and change management, prioritization of vulnerabilities, disaster recovery planning and audit support.

    With ViVID service mapping you can:

    • Visualize and understand critical relationships between IT assets and the services they support
    • Integrate with ITSM to see open incidents, pending changes and recently completed changes within the ViVID maps
    • View NIST NVD vulnerabilities on the maps to see which assets (and by extension their supported services) have know vulnerabilities and use this information to set remediation priorities
    • Use the ViVID framework to assess the impact of potential security breaches on critical assets and prioritize security efforts accordingly
    • Conduct regular service mapping scans to maintain an up-to-date inventory of all service infrastructure, and ensure that all dependencies and interconnections are accurately represented
    • Categorize services based on their Service Value Rating (criticality score) and assign responsibility for managing and securing each service, to ensure accountability and effective risk management
    • Use service mapping data to inform security policies and procedures, such as access control policies and incident response plans, to improve the overall security posture of the organization
    • Identify and remediate any security risks, such as unauthorized communications or vulnerabilities to maintain proper hygiene and reduce the attack surface of the network
    • Use service mapping data to track compliance with security and privacy regulations, and to inform risk assessments and audits

Service Value Rating (SVR)

  • The SVR is a customizable criticality scoring system that allows you to: 

    • Assign each service, application and asset a score to help you identify and track your most crucial assets
    • SVR scores are customizable to fit existing tiering classifications and value ranges
      • Examples of SVR tiering include:
        • SVR 3:  Mission critical, 1 hour downtime means lost revenue
        • SVR 2:  Operations critical, moderate downtime will impact operating efficiency
        • SVR 1:  Non-critical, workarounds available
    • The SVR can be used to set priority for multiple functions:
      • Vulnerability remediation
      • Patches
      • Upgrades
      • Refresh cycle
      • SLAs
      • Redundancy/BCP
      • Firewalling/security
      • Change workflows
      • Incident response
      • Auditing/Compliance
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Vulnerability management

Virima helps organizations identify, prioritize, and address potential cybersecurity threats and risks in their IT systems and assets. This includes integration with NIST’s National Vulnerability Database and the ability to identify unpatched devices and unauthorized software versions.

        • Virima’s vulnerability management capabilities can help organizations identify and prioritize vulnerabilities within their IT systems and assets, allowing for a more proactive approach to cybersecurity risk management
        • Virima’s integration with NIST’s National Vulnerability Database (NVD) allows you to view vulnerabilities on ViVID service maps and can provide you with up-to-date information on known vulnerabilities, making it easier to identify and address potential cybersecurity threats
        • Virima’s asset management capabilities can help organizations quickly identify which assets are affected by a vulnerability, making it easier to prioritize remediation efforts and reduce the risk of cybersecurity incidents
        • Virima’s reporting capabilities can provide detailed insights into vulnerability management efforts, allowing organizations to quickly identify and address any potential gaps or areas for improvement in their cybersecurity risk management processes
        • Virima helps you easily identify other security risks, such as unpatched devices and unauthorized versions of software

Change management

With Virima, you can:

        • Implement a comprehensive change management process to minimize the risk of cybersecurity incidents resulting from changes to IT systems and assets
        • Leverage ViVID service maps to identify and map IT services, allowing for a more comprehensive impact analysis prior to approving any changes to IT services and applications
        • Prioritize cybersecurity-related changes based on assets’ SVR criticality score in order to allocate resources accordingly and maintain a desired security posture 
        • Maintain an up-to-date inventory of all changes to IT systems and assets, to ensure that any issues or vulnerabilities resulting from changes can be quickly identified and addressed
        • Monitor changes to critical cybersecurity assets, such as firewalls and servers, more closely, and implement additional controls as necessary to minimize the risk of cyber attacks and data breaches
        • Ensure that all changes are logged and auditable, to facilitate investigations in the event of a cybersecurity incident.

Risk assessment

Virima helps organizations identify and manage potential cybersecurity risks by providing comprehensive asset discovery, service mapping, and vulnerability management capabilities, along with integration with NIST NVD and detailed reporting to prioritize risk mitigation efforts.

  • Virima’s asset discovery and inventory capabilities can help organizations identify all IT systems and assets, including those that may have been overlooked or forgotten, enabling a more comprehensive risk assessment
  • Virima’s service mapping capabilities can help organizations identify and map IT services, allowing for a more comprehensive assessment of potential risks to critical IT services and applications
  • Virima’s integration with NIST NVD works to identify potential security risks and vulnerabilities in IT systems and assets, allowing for a more accurate assessment of potential cybersecurity threats
  • Virima’s reporting capabilities can provide detailed insights into IT asset risk levels, allowing organizations to prioritize risk mitigation efforts based on potential impact on security posture

CSAM Best practices

1. Create an inventory of all assets:

    • Identify all hardware and software assets, including devices and applications, within your organization.
    • Develop and maintain a singular, comprehensive inventory of all assets across the entire organization in one place, including those managed by third-party vendors.
    • Categorize assets based on their criticality to the organization.

2. Define asset ownership and responsibility:

    • Clearly define the ownership and responsibility for each asset, including who is responsible for the purchase, maintenance, and security of the asset.
    • Assign roles and responsibilities to individuals who are responsible for managing and securing the assets.
    • Establish a clear process for transferring ownership of assets when employees leave the organization. 

3. Implement regular asset audits:

    • Conduct regular audits to ensure that all assets are still relevant, up-to-date, and secure.
    • Remove any assets that are no longer needed or that pose a security risk.
    • Perform regular vulnerability assessments and penetration testing to identify vulnerabilities and prioritize remediation efforts.

4. Use asset tracking software:

    • Utilize asset tracking software to help manage and track assets, including their location, current status, and maintenance history. 
    • Use the software to help identify and prioritize assets that require updates or patches.
    • Integrate the asset tracking software with other security tools, such as vulnerability scanners and SIEM solutions.

5. Apply security controls:

    • Implement security controls for each asset based on its criticality to the organization, including access controls, firewalls, encryption, and monitoring.
    • Implement a least-privilege model to limit access to assets based on the job function of the user.
    • Use network segmentation to limit the attack surface of critical assets.

6. Regularly review and update policies:

    • Review and update asset management policies and procedures regularly, including policies for asset retirement, disposal, and destruction.
    • Ensure that all staff are aware of the policies and their responsibilities, and provide regular training on best practices for asset management and cybersecurity.

7. Conduct regular security awareness training:

    • Train employees on cybersecurity best practices and the importance of proper asset management.
    • This includes training on identifying and reporting potential security threats.
    • Provide training on how to respond to security incidents, including how to report an incident and who to contact for assistance.

By following these best practices, organizations can better manage their cybersecurity assets, reduce the risk of a security breach, and better protect sensitive data. Additionally, it can help organizations comply with regulatory requirements related to asset management and security.

Challenges & Solutions​

Cybersecurity asset management (CSAM) is the process of identifying, classifying, tracking, and managing an organization’s IT assets to ensure they are secure and compliant with relevant regulations and standards. It’s important because it helps organizations reduce their risk of cyber attacks by providing a comprehensive view of their IT environment and identifying potential vulnerabilities.

While traditional IT asset management (ITAM) focuses on inventorying and tracking an organization’s IT assets, CSAM goes a step further by incorporating security and compliance into the asset management process. CSAM involves identifying and prioritizing assets based on their potential impact on an organization’s security posture and ensuring that they are properly configured, patched, and up-to-date.

The key components of a CSAM program include:

  • Asset discovery and inventory management: This involves identifying all assets within an organization’s IT environment, including hardware, software, and cloud-based services.
  • Vulnerability management: This involves identifying and prioritizing vulnerabilities within an organization’s IT environment and taking steps to mitigate them.
  • Configuration management: This involves ensuring that all assets are properly configured and up-to-date, including software versions, patch levels, and access controls.
  • Risk assessment: This involves assessing the risk associated with each asset and prioritizing resources to address the highest-risk assets first.
  • Change management: This involves managing changes to an organization’s IT environment in a controlled and secure manner to minimize risk and ensure compliance.

The benefits of implementing a CSAM program include:

  • Improved security posture: CSAM helps organizations identify potential vulnerabilities and take steps to mitigate them, reducing the risk of cyber attacks.
  • Compliance: CSAM helps organizations comply with relevant regulations and standards, such as HIPAA, PCI-DSS, and GDPR.
  • Cost savings: By optimizing IT asset usage and reducing the risk of cyber attacks, organizations can save money on IT costs and potential damages from cyber incidents.
  • Enhanced visibility: CSAM provides organizations with a comprehensive view of their IT environment, making it easier to manage and plan for future IT investments.

Cybersecurity Asset Management Software can help organizations comply with industry regulations and standards by providing a comprehensive view of their IT environment and ensuring that assets are properly configured, patched, and up-to-date. This can help organizations meet specific security and compliance requirements outlined in regulations and standards, such as HIPAA, PCI-DSS, and GDPR. Additionally, CSAM can help organizations identify areas for improvement and establish processes to maintain ongoing compliance.

Use Cases

Cloud Enviroment

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IT Asset Management

All asset and configuration management data is easily leveraged across all of Virima’s ITSM processes but can also be used with other CMDB and ITSM tools.

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Reporting & Auditing

Virima breaks down the information silos by providing accurate, detailed asset configurations and easy to understand visual topologies of the relationships and dependencies between assets and business services.

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