Optiv Cybersecurity Dictionary

What Is a CMDB - Configuration Management Database?

Configuration Management Database (CMDB) provides the ability to log devices that move in and out of an environment, which facilitates easier targeting and patching of any potential security vulnerabilities.


This tool centralizes configuration data and dependencies for IT infrastructure, applications and services used by an organization. They can be used for business intelligence, software and hardware builds, inventory, impact analysis, change management and incident management. With an accurate inventory of critical assets, a CMDB tool can support IT planning, security, compliance and auditing. CMDBs help organizations track configurations and understand the relationship between components of a system.

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