How exposed is your firm? I spoke recently with the manager of a large financial company about working together. "Let me run this by our at-risk team to see if this project is doable,'' the manager said. She explained that every new project that involves their security environment is analyzed to determine where their vulnerabilities might be. This is particularly important with projects involving software and Internet security. "Truthfully,'' she added, "there really isn't much of anything we do that does not involve our security environment."

This is the world of vulnerability management, which even has a Wikipedia entry: "The cyclical practice of identifying, classifying, remediating and mitigating vulnerabilities.'' It generally refers to software vulnerabilities in computing systems, but it can also include organizational behavior and strategic decision-making processes.

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