The Five Stages of Vulnerability Management Maturity

One key element of an effective information security program within your organization is having a good vulnerability management (VM) program, as it can identify critical risks. Most, if not all, regulatory policies require a VM program, and information security frameworks advise implementing VM as one of first things an organization should do when building their information security program.

Organizations fall into various levels of maturation in their VM programs. This paper outlines the five stages of maturity based on the Capability Maturity Model (CMM)—a model developed by the U.S. Department of Defense to improve processes—and aims to give you an idea as to how to take your organization’s VM program to the next level of maturity.