There are as many ways to describe your attack surface as there are vendors who claim to help discover or protect it. Each commercial solution provides varying capabilities tailored to some of the risks they address.
This guide covers the following topics:
01 You need an automated platform that can act as a “true north” inventory of all internet-connected and internet-exposed assets.
Self-reporting and spreadsheets are inefficient and ineffective at helping operations teams manage what’s yours, or security teams reduce your exposure to risk.
02 You need to be able to continuously monitor for both new assets and changes to existing assets.
A one-time report or snapshot is obsolete the day after it’s created. Given the pace of digital transformation and IaaS/PaaS implementations, you can’t rely on individuals or teams to report when things change.
03 You need to understand what business unit or team is responsible for the assets that are exposed.
Identifying ownership is a key challenge for teams who are trying to resolve issues and report on security posture and effectiveness. By automating the process of attribution, you can speed up time to identify issues and direct remediation.
04 You need quick access to remediation guidance to protect, update, or secure assets, or shield them from being accessed via the internet.
Modern security teams are already inundated with security alerts and incidents. With guidance for remediating problems, you can be confident that any analyst or engineer who picks up an alert can act on it, solve the issue, and reduce risk.
05 You need to see how assets, business units, and departments contribute to the overall risk of your organization, both historically and presently.
Security posture performance of different parts of your organization over time is a key metric to measure your security effectiveness. Being able to see how your teams are reducing or impacting risk across the organization should be as simple as seeing improving grades.