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ICIT Fellows Perspective Essay: Concise & Consolidated Language in Vulnerability Management Programs

Updated: Feb 11, 2023

In continued support of our mission to cultivate a cybersecurity renaissance that will improve the resiliency of our nation’s 16 critical infrastructure sectors, defend our democratic institutions, and empower generations of cybersecurity leaders, ICIT asked some of the brightest minds in national security, cybersecurity, and technology to author essays communicating their perspective. Our goal is to share their knowledge and insights with our community to shed light on solutions to the technology, policy, and human challenges facing the cybersecurity community. Our hope is that their words will motivate, educate, and inspire you to take on the challenges facing your organizations.

ICIT Fellow Perspective Essay Authored by Dr. Nikki Robinson

Vulnerability management has a long and complex history of definitions throughout the cybersecurity industry. As organizations and systems became increasingly intricate, the true definition of vulnerability management became more obscure. Yet, without speaking the same language, it is difficult for organizations to understand the roles and responsibilities of vulnerability management. In this ICIT Fellows Perspective Essay by Dr. Nikki Robinson:

  • Reviews Industry-Specific Guidance and Terminology

  • Explores the Etymology and Concept of Vulnerability Management

  • Discusses Concerns and Challenges with Current Language Usage in Vulnerability Management Programs

  • Differentiates Vulnerability Chaining vs. Exploit Chaining for the General User and Security Practitioner

  • Suggests Paths to Terminology Standardization and Simplification

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