chapter  1
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Vulnerability management (VM) is the cyclical practice of identifying, classifying, remediating, and mitigating vulnerabilities. This is a broad definition that has implications for corporate or government entities, which will be discussed in this book. It is not a new discipline, nor is it a new technology. This vital function has been a normal part of hardening defenses and identifying weaknesses to systems, processes, and strategies in the military and in the private sector. With growing complexity in organizations, it has become necessary to draw out this function as a unique practice complete with supporting tools. This has resulted in an important refinement of the definition of VM as a segment of risk management.