You know the story. Software is running the world, which means everyone who is developing and delivering it must work towards making sure it’s secure. And this effort most certainly includes standing up, managing and executing a vulnerability management program across applications and infrastructure. Sounds great—but at what cost?

To figure this out, you’ll need to think beyond the software licensing and annual support costs. You’ll need to understand the long-term indirect cost of ownership of your security scanning tools such as SCA, SAST, DAST, and network, container and cloud scanning tools as well, including:

  • Time/costs to provision, onboard and tune vulnerability scanning tools
  • Time/costs to onboard applications to these tools (so they can be scanned for vulnerabilities)
  • Time/cost to remediate the vulnerabilities discovered

In a nutshell, the bulk of your TCO comes down to the indirect (or soft) cost of time and resources. The question is, do you have enough of both to stand up an effective program within your desired timeframe? Our new whitepaper and TCO Calculator can help you better understand the true TCO of your vulnerability discovery program.

But there’s one more key thing. Your TCO calculation also comes down to whether or not you’re utilizing that time and money effectively. And to find the answer (and hence, your true TCO), you’ll need to see if you can gain more from these security tools. This is where vulnerability discovery orchestration comes in.

How can orchestration reduce your TCO?

Vulnerability discovery orchestration, which manages the activities of your scanning tools and the integration of the data into development pipelines, can significantly reduce your TCO by reducing lengthy timelines and maximizing the resources associated with standing up and running an effective security program. With continuous vulnerability management and discovery orchestration in place, organizations can prioritize remediation efforts and ensure the most significant among them are remediated immediately.

Think about it this way. To make a defensive football team, you need 11 players, 11 uniforms, a game time and location, a referee, a ball and perhaps some fans. But the game doesn’t take shape until all 11 of those players are suited up and on the field in position, at the right stadium and at the right time. Once this happens, and the referee shows up with the ball, then the game can begin. Before that, there’s only a bunch of “resources” that have to be coordinated. A vulnerability management program isn’t much different. An abundance of time and money certainly has the makings of a security program, but it’s not nearly enough. You’ll need to orchestrate your vulnerability discovery tools to truly gain the productivity benefits of your work, your processes and your people.

How can you think about TCO more effectively?

Effective vulnerability management enables us to shift our thinking away from the amount of resources we have to a broader perspective of how we can maximize these resources in the most productive way.

Calculating your total ownership isn’t just about just sizing up what’s in front of you or whether you can actually afford the TCO of a security program. Rather, the real question is: Can you afford the total cost of security without vulnerability management and orchestration?

There’s no need to guess your TCO. You can calculate your own cost analysis and learn more about creating a viable security program by visiting these key resources:

 

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