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The importance of attack surface management

  • Provides visibility over your attack surface, eliminating blind spots and risks
  • Enables you to orchestrate and automate many operational processes
  • Aligns and integrates risk data to improve your security strategy

 

Each industry has different focus points when it comes to cybersecurity. For example, we see that governmental institutions focus most on compliance and meeting regulatory requirements. Financials and insurance organisations already have many tools in place to prevent fraud and brand abuse. Manufacturers, chemical and pharmaceutical organisations worry most about unwanted down-time of production lines, and the retail industry focusses most on risks due to phishing or brand abuse.

But what if criminals hack their way in via your supply chain and gain access to sensitive data? They could encrypt important files for ransom or steal your customers’ credentials and cause a massive data leak. Focusing on one risk type over others will leave you with blind spots elsewhere in your attack surface.

In our video, Eward Driehuis (SVP Strategy) explains how attack surface management provides your organisation with the insights you need to reduce your risk exposure. What is included in the attack surface? How do you manage it, and what results can you expect? Eward illustrates our approach with real-life use cases.

How does automated discovery work?

While your team spends most of their time and effort protecting your known assets, experience tells us criminals most often leverage the assets you didn't know you had. The only way to stay in control over your attack surface is to approach it the same way threat actors do: automated discovery. Having the digital risks detected without a predefined scope helps to eliminate blind spots and reduces risks on a business level. Watch our on-demand video for more insights and best-practices. 

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Attack Surface Management in External Threat Intelligence

Every IT Security team needs access to some sort of Threat Intelligence (TI). It is an umbrella term for the collection of information and data on security risks and the threat actors behind them. Together, this information helps to prevent or limit incoming threats, and provides insights when mitigating an incident or event in Incident Response scenarios. As a deepening of the topic, External Threat Intelligence (ETI) mainly focusses on the combination of internal risk data with threat intelligence originating from outside of the organisation.

Editorial: Supply chain attacks

Today, supply chain attacks are as abundant as they are elusive. However, as many parties communicate about the dangers and their technical solutions, not much is said about the basics of supply chains attacks. I have written this article based on my personal experiences knowledge on the subject. I hope it answers most of your questions about the topic, so that you have a solid basis to expand your supply chain security from.

Attack Surface Management explained

It's the term we use the most: Attack Surface Management. It is the foundation of your organisation’s digital infrastructure. It’s the starting point of your IT security policies, configuration database management, vulnerability mitigation, and much more. In this blog, we’ll shortly describe what drives the need for an Attack Surface Management solution, share our definition of the term attack surface, and explain how it minimises the risks to your brand.