Cybercriminals Have Seven-Day Advantage to Weaponize Vulnerabilities, According to New Research from Tenable

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Tenable®, Inc., the Cyber Exposure company, released a new research report today that quantifies the window of opportunity cybercriminals have to weaponize vulnerabilities. The research found that cybercriminals have a median seven-day window of opportunity during which they can exploit a vulnerability to attack their victims, potentially siphoning sensitive data, launching ransomware attacks and causing extensive financial damage before organizations even take the first step to determine their Cyber Exposure and whether they are at risk.

According to the report, which was developed by Tenable’s newly expanded research team, it takes a median six days for a cybercriminal to weaponize vulnerabilities once a new public exploit first becomes available. However, security teams can take a median 13 days before launching their initial assessment for a new vulnerability — the first, crucial step in determining overall Cyber Exposure in modern computing environments.

The resulting seven-day lag time means that cybercriminals can attack their victims at will while security teams and their organizations remain in the dark as to the true level of risk to the business.

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