Jason Mashak
Vulnerability Assessment
Vulnerability Management
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Gartner's recent 2023 Market Guide for Vulnerability Assessment explores key trends and insights around vulnerability management. The research highlights the ever-evolving landscape of vulnerability assessment (VA) technology and its importance in helping organizations to identify and mitigate threats while also ensuring compliance.

2023 Gartner Market Guide for Vulnerability Assessment
Published 7 August 2023 - ID G00755176
By Mitchell Schneider, Craig Lawson, Jonathan Nunez

As Runecast was recognized as a representative vendor in this market guide, we want to summarize its contents from a Runecast perspective of proactive vulnerability assessment, continuous compliance verification, and IT management, emphasizing the significance of a proactive approach to keep ahead of evolving threats.

Key Findings from a Runecast Perspective

The Gartner report discusses how leading VA vendors are continuing to expand their capabilities to include external attack surface management (EASM). At Runecast, we understand the importance of comprehensive assessment beyond vulnerabilities. Our solution seamlessly integrates with VMware, OS, Cloud, and Containers, offering holistic exposure management. Runecast helps organizations to proactively assess, manage, and report on risks across their complex IT environments to align with industries’ evolving needs.

While point solutions for vulnerability prioritization continue to dominate, Runecast offers a unique approach. We bridge the gap between security and operations by providing a centralized platform for identifying, prioritizing, and managing risky configurations, known vulnerabilities, and non-compliance with vendor best practices and regulatory standards. Our tailored remediation scripts save much time and effort to improve operational efficiency.

Runecast recognizes the importance of proactive identification of risky configurations and continuous compliance monitoring validation reporting for more than a dozen common standards, aligning with the need to validate security measures.

Standards covered by Runecast automated compliance reporting as of October 2023:

  • BSI IT-Grundschutz
  • CIS Benchmarks
  • Cyber Essentials
  • DORA
  • Essential 8
  • GDPR
  • ISO 27001
  • KVKK
  • NIST
  • VMware Security Configuration Guide

Runecast Recommendations

When considering a VA solution, assess the Runecast platform’s capabilities for assessment coverage and depth. Our solution offers unique historical comparisons, allowing you to inspect configurations over time to ensure continuous compliance and security.

Leverage Runecast's automated, AI-powered prioritization capabilities for a risk-based approach to vulnerability management. We provide rapid deployment and up-to-date vulnerability coverage, so you can focus on the most critical issues first (and not waste time on false positives).

Runecast was recommended by CISA for being one of the first vendors to provide automated checks against CISA's Known Exploited Vulnerabilities (KEVs) Catalog. Read more:
- CISA Recommendations Including Runecast Apply to Federal Agencies
- US Cybersec Agency CISA Names Runecast in K-12 Report

Whether you prefer to run Runecast as SaaS or on-premises (the latter is preferred among our customers in highly regulated verticals), Runecast supports even air-gapped environments (complete with offline updates). This flexibility makes Runecast a versatile choice for your organization.

If you're looking to consolidate vendors and resources, the Runecast platform can consolidate multiple other toolsets by offering – in addition to the above – tailored remediation scripts, automated VMware HCL verification, ESXi upgrade simulations, configuration drift management, and many other ITOM capabilities to help simplify your daily life.

Conclusion: The Runes Have Been Cast

In short, Gartner's 2023 Market Guide for Vulnerability Assessment sheds light on the evolving landscape of VA technology and provides valuable insights for organizations facing complex modern IT challenges.

At Runecast, we pride ourselves on being built by admins, for admins, and offering a proactive approach to IT management. Our Runecast platform seamlessly integrates across complex hybrid IT environments to provide continuous automated compliance auditing, vulnerability assessment/management, configuration drift management and more.

We encourage organizations to adopt a proactive IT approach for peace of mind, optimal security, and compliance verification. With the proactive approaches Runecast enables, you can confidently address the challenges outlined in Gartner’s research – and ensure the security and compliance of your IT workloads across complex environments.

For more information on how Runecast can enhance your vulnerability assessment, compliance posture, and IT management, feel free to get in touch with our team or take it for a test drive.

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