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Risk I/O Integrates Real-Time Attack Data

Risk I/O, a vulnerability intelligence platform designed to help organizations efficiently report and mitigate security vulnerabilities, on Wednesday announced that it now analyzes real-time, global attack data alongside security vulnerabilities.

With the objective of helping organizations identify weaknesses most likely to be exploited by attackers, Risk I/O customers are now able to prioritize vulnerability remediation based on which attacks are most prevalent as well as which attacks are being used against their industry peers in real-time, the company said.

The processing engine behind Risk I/O’s platform cross-references an organization’s own vulnerability data and remediation priorities against data from other Risk I/O users, publicly available vulnerability repositories, now adding attack data to the mix.

Delivered via the cloud, Risk I/O’s platform aggregates and prioritizes vulnerability data from more than 20 popular security assessment technologies to provide enterprises with a single view of their security risk, the company said.  The platform currently processes more than 30 million vulnerabilities a day.

According to the company, the latest release of Risk I/O prioritizes vulnerabilities on four key factors:

Exploitation Risk – Using attack data from third-party contributors, Risk I/O identifies patterns that indicate the ongoing exploitation of particular vulnerabilities worldwide, prioritizing those vulnerabilities that have above average or increasing exploit traffic thus posing a higher risk to the organization. Exploitation risk is also assessed by industry, so an organization can understand where its peers have been attacked and adjust remediation activities accordingly.

Trending Vulnerabilities – Risk I/O cross-references vulnerability data against the most high-velocity vulnerabilities as observed across all 5,000 Risk I/O users and within publicly available vulnerability databases such as RiskDB, The National Vulnerability Database, The Web Applications Security Consortium, The Exploit Database, SHODAN, and The Metasploit Project;

Remediation Impact – Vulnerabilities with identified patches are prioritized for remediation based on the overall reduction in risk posture that is realized by the remediation efforts;

Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) User-Set Priority Scores – Vulnerabilities surfaced in the Risk I/O vulnerability intelligence platform are automatically prioritized by high CVSS scores and the organization’s own priority scores.

“CISOs can spend countless hours searching through thousands, if not millions, of vulnerabilities from web apps, servers, databases, network devices or even source code trying to understand what to fix first,” said Ed Bellis, Cofounder and CEO of Chicago-based Risk I/O. “Risk I/O now sources and correlates real-time attack data from a growing list of external threat feeds like AlienVault to help businesses hone in on their vulnerabilities most likely to be exploited,” Bellis said.

"At AlienVault, we strongly believe the only way the security industry can defend against attacks is by maintaining a steady exchange of intelligence and information," said Roger Thornton, CTO of AlienVault. "By integrating the AlienVault Open Threat Exchange™ (OTX) with the real-time correlation of Risk I/O's vulnerability intelligence platform, organizations not only have access to the broadest community sourced threat data but can better prioritize their vulnerabilities in real-time against industry peers and get unprecedented insight into where they are most likely to be attacked."

Additional details on Risk I/O’s vulnerability intelligence platform is available online

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.