ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Trusted Strategies and Shavlik Technologies today released findings of a new study aimed at identifying how companies assess, remediate and manage vulnerabilities, and where security policies break down or are under supported by current solutions. The e-mail survey drew responses from more than 150 U.S.-based IT security professionals, and points to a lack of automated solutions to support security configuration management at the edge of the network as an ongoing and critical flaw in vulnerability management offerings. Trusted Strategies is an information security industry consulting and market intelligence firm; Shavlik is a leader in security configuration and policy management software.
According to the survey, half of respondents (49.6 percent) said that it takes more than six days to patch critical vulnerabilities on laptop computers. This despite the fact that nearly two-thirds (60.4 percent) of respondents listed mobile laptops as the greatest threat to maintaining a secure posture. Conversely, nearly 80 percent (77.4) of critical server vulnerabilities and 70 percent (67.9) of critical desktop vulnerabilities are patched within six days of discovery.