The purpose of this policy is to ensure a higher level of security to the LEADx IT Resources provided through vulnerability management.
This IT policy, and all policies referenced herein, shall apply to all employees and contractors of LEADx who use, access, or otherwise employ, locally or remotely, the LEADx IT Resources, whether individually controlled, shared, stand-alone, or networked.
- All patches or configuration changes must be deployed to LEADx owned or managed IT Resources.
- The CTO provides approved standard tools and methodologies for vulnerability assessments.
- All IT Resources must be part of a patch management cycle
- Application and system owners are responsible for the assessment and remediation of IT Resources under their management or supervision.
- If a solution or remediation is not available to address a vulnerability, the CTO must approve any compensating or other mitigating controls.
- Application and system owners must have a written and auditable procedure addressing remediation steps.
Compensating control is a data security measure that is designed to satisfy the requirement or some other security measure that is deemed too difficult or impractical to implement.
IT Resources include computing, networking, communications, application, and telecommunications systems, infrastructure, hardware, software, data, databases, personnel, procedures, physical facilities, cloud-based vendors, Software as a Service (SaaS) vendors, and any related materials and services.
A patch is a software update comprised code inserted (i.e., patched) into the code of an executable program. Typically, a patch is installed into an existing software program. Patches are often temporary fixes between full releases of a software package. Patches include, but are not limited to the following:
- Upgrading software
- Fixing a software bug
- Installing new drivers
- Addressing new security vulnerabilities
- Addressing software stability issues
Patch management cycle is a part of lifecycle management and is the process of using a strategy and plan of what patches should be applied to which systems at a specified time. Patch management occurs regularly as per the Patch Management Procedure.
Remediation is an effort that resolves or mitigates a discovered vulnerability.
Vulnerability management is the practice of identifying, classifying, remediating, and mitigating vulnerabilities.
Date Last Revised: 5/1/2020
Date Established: 5/1/2020