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What is CVE, and How it Helps to Track Vulnerabilities and Exposures


Common Vulnerability and Exposure(CVE) is one type of security project, and this is sponsor by the United States Department of Homeland Security.  It was launched in 1999 to identify and categorize the vulnerability to the software and firmware.

It acts as a free dictionary for the organization where you can improve the organization’s cybersecurity. These threats are divided into the two categories like exposure and vulnerability. 

Now the question is, what’s vulnerability? Well, This is a weakness that can be exploited to gain unauthorized access to the computer system. Vulnerabilities always allow attackers to run the code and access the system memory. It also installs various types of malware to steal, destroy and modify sensitive data.

The exposure is a mistake that gives the attacker access to a system network. Exposure can go to any extent and lead to data breaches, personality identifiable information (PII), and data leaks. There are few biggest data breaches, that can cause accidental exposure instead of sophisticated cyber-attack.

The Goal of CVE:

How for every object has a goal like that CVE has a goal and it helps to share information about vulnerabilities incomplete organization. It also helps to create the standardized identifier for exposure and vulnerability. It also allows security professionals to access information regarding a specific cyber threat full of multiple information.

Benefits of CVEs:

  1. CVE information is always beneficial for all organisations. It makes the organisation to set a baseline to evaluate the coverage of the security tools. CVE number allows the organisation to notice which tools are getting cover and how good they are for the organization.
  2. When organisations use CVE id you can get exposure to the vulnerability where the organisation can quickly obtain the information. organisation will also get the variety of information sources that will coordinate their effort which will prioritize the organisation’s vulnerabilities. This will make it more secure.
  3. Security advisory gets use CVE information and its search for the known attack signatures to identify the particular vulnerability exploits.

Can Hackers use CVE to Break into Networks?

In short, yes but the CVE board content the benefit and CVE outweigh the risk. Those are below:

  1. CVE is very much publicly known for its vulnerabilities and exposure. This the skilled hacker are known very much.
  2. It takes more work for the organisation to its network protection and fix all type of problem where the hackers find the single vulnerability and exploit with without compromising the network.
  3. There are few growing agreements for this community that share the information to make it beneficial and reflect the fact that it comes from the CVE board and CNAs where key is included.
  4. It improves the shareability of vulnerability so that it gets exposure within the community of cybersecurity.
  5. When the agreement is growing for the cybersecurity community information, sharing will get reduce for the attack vector. This gets reflected in a widespread acceptance which includes CVE Numbering. This authority has a crucial organization in this cybersecurity system.

Open CVE Databases:

If we talk about CVE information, then it serves as a resource for vulnerability notification. Below we will discuss the three most preferable databases, those are below:

  1. National Vulnerability Database (NVD): NVD got formed in 2005, and it serves as the organisation’s primary CVE database. You will get detailed information about vulnerabilities which include the affected system and potential fix. It scores the vulnerability by using CVSS standards.
  2. CVE has mainly come from MITRE and the NVD provides this. It reported to the CVE vulnerability. Though the organizations always work in tandem, and everything gets sponsor by the US Department. DHS (Homeland Security) and NVD are both separate entities.
  • Vulnerability Database (VULDB): This is a community-driven vulnerability database that provides the information about vulnerability management, threat intelligence, and incident response. VULDB is specialized for the vulnerability trend, which can give the effort to help the security team so that it can predict and prepare for future threats.
  • CVE Details: It acts like a database that combines the NVD data and gets the information from the other source including Exploit Database. It allows the browser vulnerability by the vendor, type, data, and product. It also consists of few CVE vulnerabilities listed by the Bugtraq ID and the Microsoft Reference.

How can CVE Help to Protect the Networks?

When you use the CVE ID for any particular vulnerability, the organization quickly obtains the information from the variable CVE-Compatible information sources. By doing a better comparison between the two tools CVE  helps organizations select what is the accurate needs of the organization.

When they use CVE-Compatible products, it helps to respond to the security advisories. The advisory is CVE-Compatible where the organization sees the scanner and checks the security service for the threat. It determines the intrusion by doing the appropriate signature. For doing this, you need to maintain the system for customers where CVE compatibility will help fix the vendor’s identity. This is required for the vendor to improve the site, which has to be CVE-Compatible.

What is all about CVE Board?

CVE Board is comprised of the cybersecurity organization, which includes the security tool vendor, research institution, academia, and other security experts. This is even best for the end-users, which provide vulnerability information.

This type CVE Board provide critical input which related to the data source, coverage goals, product coverage, and other operating structure. This works in a strategic direction for the CVE program.

This CVE Board discussion can be found vis email discussion where meetings archives are also included. This CVE Board Character is also accessible publicly.

What all are the Latest Version of the CVE list?

The latest version of the CVE list you can always find on the internet and get this for free. It is hard to know which vulnerability is affecting your organization without any additional tool; this is the reason many organization uses those tools that monitor the changes of the CVE List, which can affect them.

Few new CVE identifiers get added on a daily basis. They are very sophisticated tools, and you and your vendor can monitor those automatically. This also manages the third-party risk and the fundamental part of the fourth-party risk. It maintains your information security policy and vulnerability management so that cybersecurity risk assessment can be processed correctly.

Final thoughts

CVE is best for every organization, and by using the particular id, any organization can quickly obtain the information. Moreover, it helps the organization to choose the most appropriate needs for them.

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