attack surface protection

Attack Surface Protection

Eliminate Cybersecurity Risks Before Attackers Can Exploit Them

Five Core Capabilities of the
CyCognito Platform

The CyCognito platform preempts attacks and helps satisfy key elements of most common security frameworks and many regulatory compliance standards. The platform achieves this by discovering and testing your entire attack surface, prioritizing what needs to be fixed first, and automatically validating remediation.

What is an Attack Surface?

First, it’s important to understand what we mean when we talk about the attack surface. An attack surface is the sum of an organization’s attacker-exposed IT assets, whether these digital assets are secure or vulnerable, known or unknown, in active use or not, and regardless of IT or security team awareness of them. An organization’s attack surface changes continuously over time, and includes digital assets that are on-premises, in the cloud, and in subsidiary networks, as well as those in third-party vendors' environments.  LEARN MORE >>


Graphs Business Relationships



Determines Business Context



Tests Security at Scale



Prioritizes Risks



Accelerates Remediation


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01 Graphs Business Relationships, Discover Assets

Advanced discovery process reveals your entire attack surface

The CyCognito platform takes the attackers’ perspective so you see your digital attack surface the way they do. The platform starts by finding all the business and IT relationships your organization has including acquired companies, joint ventures, and cloud assets that are strongly related to your company. To do that, it looks at sources like Wikipedia, public financial data, and other third-party data sources using natural language processing. This comprehensive, attacker-like analysis discovers the parts of your ecosystem that are most likely untested, vulnerable or unprotected. 

From there, it progresses to discover the internet-exposed IT assets of those entities by rigorously scouring the entire internet for web applications, IP addresses, data repositories, certificates and more.  It then fingerprints their links, headers, banners, deployed software, unique keywords etc. that identify additional connections between assets that are not clearly or traditionally related. These are the kinds of connections that, when discovered by attackers who are surveilling your organization, provide an easy path into your data.


As a result of graphing business relationships and the platform’s iterative reconnaissance, your organization has visibility to previously unknown, unmanaged and abandoned assets in your IT ecosystem.

The CyCognito platform’s deep discovery capabilities and comprehensive approach offers 3x the visibility of the simple port scanning approach typically used by attack surface mapping products. The CyCognito platform maps your entire attack surface, whereas existing tools and processes typically cover only 30%-70% of it.

CyCognito Attack Surface Management Platform Discovery Path View

The CyCognito platform identifies previously unknown assets in your attack surface and helps you view them from an attacker’s perspective. 

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ASMProcess Circle2-1002 Determines Business Context 

Automatic classification speeds your understanding and management of your assets

The CyCognito platform uses intelligent, iterative analysis to automatically classify and organize 84% of your attack surface assets by their business context and relationship to your organization. Other attack surface management products require manual processes or integration with typically outdated asset management systems to accomplish this. 


The platform shows which assets and data belong to what departments or subsidiaries within your organization, the business processes associated with the assets, and what risks and attack paths the assets expose. For those small numbers of assets that aren’t automatically attributed to an organization, the platform includes easy-to-use tools to help you quickly assign them. And the benefit of the automatic classification and the time-savings for your team becomes exponential with the constant evolution of your attack surface. 

Note that every point of data the CyCognito platform accesses is available to anyone with an internet connection, and while attackers regularly make full use of that data, until now defensive cybersecurity solutions have not. By enabling your organization to quickly and continuously understand the content and context, as well as identify high risk exposures on each asset, you can also understand what's most attractive to attackers and where their paths of least resistance lie.


CyCognito Attack Surface Management Platform Business Units View

The CyCognito platform automatically assigns assets to the appropriate business unit, environment or subsidiary. 

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Expands your testing scope to your entire attack surface

With no configuration required, the CyCognito platform goes beyond basic attack surface management to deliver attack surface protection by testing your entire attacker-exposed IT ecosystem for attack vectors that could provide malicious actors entry to your most critical corporate assets. 

As a result of its broad discovery and automated testing, the CyCognito platform enables you to expand the vulnerability management coverage of your exposed IT ecosystem from its current scope (often only 30%) to 100%. The platform’s testing process does not affect business continuity and does not require an allowlist or other configuration or integration.



The CyCognito platform gives you a continuously updated view of the risks in your attack surface.

The CyCognito platform exceeds attack surface management products by using automated security testing techniques. The platform matches legacy vulnerability assessment solutions in its coverage of active external IPs and vulnerable software, which is all legacy vulnerability assessment (VA) solutions look for. But it goes further than VA products, looking beyond common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs) to detect data exposures, misconfigurations and even zero-day vulnerabilities.

Attackers are relentless, your defensive attack surface protection system must be just as persistent. 


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Criticality is based on what’s important to your business

The CyCognito platform identifies and prioritizes your organization’s most critical risks, making it easy for your security teams to know where to focus first when performing attack surface management. The platform’s automatic risk prioritization is based on attackers’ priorities as well as business context, discoverability, ease of exploitation, and remediation complexity. The CyCognito platform delivers clear and effective prioritization to cut through the noise and identify your most critical risks.

CyCognito Attack Surface Management Platform Issue Overview

The CyCognito platform automatically prioritizes the thousands of issues in your attack surface to
identify the most critical so you know where to focus first.


Our unique analysis goes beyond identifying the most common attack vectors and distills the small fraction of critical attack vectors that account for the vast majority of your risk from the thousands that a legacy scanner would show. These prioritized attack vectors typically include exposures that no other solution identifies.

The CyCognito platform also determines an overall security grade for the assets in your attack surface, and groups and grades assets by organizations, environments, business units, and platforms. Without requiring any user input, these asset groupings within your enterprise are automatically mapped, providing you with attack surface management that has context for visualization, reporting and trending.


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Saves you time with actionable guidance
and efficient validation 

The CyCognito platform decreases the time it takes to remediate risks and validate fixes from months — on average  — to days or even hours, optimizing team productivity, reducing the window of exposure, and diminishing the risk of a data breach Other attack surface management products simply do not focus on remediation.

For every risk that’s identified, the CyCognito platform provides detailed and actionable remediation guidance so your security and operations teams don’t have to research that information. It provides the evidence you need, including how risks were discovered, so you can confidently remediate or mitigate them. 


CyCognito Attack Surface Management Platform Attack Vector Details

The CyCognito platform streamlines your remediation efforts with actionable remediation guidance for your attack surface risks, along with evidence and helpful references as appropriate.

Preconfigured dashboards offer you quicker visibility to your key attack surface metrics and drilldowns into the details. All dashboards can be filtered by tags, organizations, locations, and (if applicable) teams. The Attack Surface Dashboard is the default dashboard that offers you instant visibility to the status of your attack surface from a number of dimensions. You can easily see the organizational attribution, asset classifications by platform and identification of vulnerable infrastructure. You also have the option to switch to one of the other many dashboard views, such as the Cloud Assets Dashboard, directly from the main page.





Once external attack surface issues have been addressed, the platform’s continuous testing process enables you to efficiently validate that your remediation efforts were successful. Your attack surface management and remediation progress can be shared with your leadership team or used for mandated reporting to document compliance.

The CyCognito platform has analytics and trends features to help you extract key insights from your attack surface data and report on them. Analyze and report on your organization’s security posture, including trends, to demonstrate how you are managing cyber risk. You can see overall trends as well as trends for asset groups.


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