Top 12 Star Wars Quotes for Attack Surface Management

By Jim Wachhaus, Director of Product Marketing & Lisa Bilawski, Director of Content Marketing | May 4, 2021

There is nothing quite like the Star Wars franchise. For those of us of a certain generation, the “original” movies, episodes IV-VI, provided hours of entertainment during our childhoods, expanded our imaginations, and left an indelible mark. And the franchise continues to produce great content that provides new generations with the same experience of wonder and joy.

That’s why this May the 4th, in celebration of International Star Wars Day, we thought we’d share our Top 12 Star Wars quotes and how they apply to external attack surface management (EASM). These are all from the first set of movies released:

  • “Episode IV: A New Hope,”
  • “Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back,” and
  • “Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.”
We could say that it’s because we’re Star Wars purists, but the last set of movies were quite enjoyable, so it’s really more that we are most familiar with the originals. So, without further ado, here’s the list:

12. “We’re doomed.” — C-3PO
How security teams often feel given the sophistication, automation and, sometimes, even government backing that attackers get today, as well as the scope of the attack surface they have to protect, versus the lack of funding, time, and visibility security teams have. But with the right attack surface protection on your side, it isn’t true.

11. “Hello, what have we here?” – Lando Calrissian
The response upon finding critical issues on assets in the CyCognito platform that you didn't know about before. In our research, we find that as much as 90% of the risk in an attack surface is associated with as few as 10 assets. The trick is finding those 10 assets, thus the sense of wonder when you do!

10. “Adventure. Heh! Excitement. Heh! A Jedi craves not these things.” – Yoda
On attending to the less glamorous (to some, not us) aspects of security… with good reconnaissance, you can stop incidents before they start. That's much better than detecting a breach in progress and trying to respond to it, and correct it after the fact. So, while detection and response are exciting, prediction and prevention are where a good EASM Jedi should focus.

9. “She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid.” — Han Solo
How many security pros feel about the state of their attack surface protection, which is in sharp contrast with the reality ESG Research on EASM shows. Despite the self-evident criticality of attack surface protection, many organizations use an assortment of tools and manual processes bolted together like the Millennium Falcon. That makes the process fraught with operational complexity, human error, and best-guess analysis. Those challenges result in inefficient and costly processes. Given the stakes, it’s time to choose a more comprehensive solution built for the challenge.

8. “You must unlearn what you have learned.” - Yoda
Let’s face it, many of the tools for proactive security that are in use today, such as legacy ASM, penetration testing and vulnerability scanning are aging technology that is no longer suitable to a digitally transformed ecosystem. Protecting today’s expanded IT ecosystem requires rethinking how you tackle the problem, and looking at things from the attacker’s perspective.

7. “You underestimate the power of the Dark Side. If you will not fight, you will meet your destiny!” - Darth Vader

We talk to a lot of prospects who are very confident that their attack surface is either too small or too well secured to present a path of least resistance an external attack can use. I’m not saying the CyCognito platform is like Darth Vader here, but it will find assets you didn’t know about and issues that need attention. You probably want to take a closer look at external attack surface protection.

6. “It’s not impossible. I used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home, they’re not much bigger than 2 meters.” — Luke Skywalker

Much like womp rats (and how often do you hear that?), sometimes it’s hard to see the critical attack vectors. Whether it’s because you have too many alerts to see what is critical, or your most important exposure is on an asset you’re not even aware of, it’s important to both have full visibility into all of your critical attack vectors, and also the ability to prioritize among them for what’s most critical to your business. It’s also good to have plans for the Death Star.

5. “We have Powerful friends, you will regret this.” - Princess Leia

How anyone impacted by the Microsoft Exchange zero-days feels now that the FBI is on the case.

4. "A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack." - Yoda

A mantra for offensive security experts like those that make up CyCognito labs, helping us see our customers’ attack surfaces the way attackers do, and finding the unknown unknowns.


3. “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” - Darth Vader

What we think when someone signs up to get a demo of the CyCognito platform and doesn’t believe that we can improve their security, lower operational costs, and find assets they don’t already know about. Typically the platform finds at least 30% more assets, but on recent demo meetings we’ve seen 200% or more assets than previously known, and critical issues available for exploitation by the Dark Side.

2. “This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster. An elegant weapon, for a more civilized age.” — Obi-Wan Kenobi

How we and others feel about the CyCognito platform. Maybe we’re biased (okay, yeah, we’re definitely biased - the power of the platform is the reason we came to work here), but our platform offers a new way to look at and protect the extended IT ecosystem. It’s intentionally crafted to cut through the noise and focus on the top priority issues. To find that “small exhaust port, right below the main port.”

1. “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

External attack surface management. Admittedly there is a lot of “trying” out there. The problem we are looking to solve isn’t new, it’s just exacerbated by digital transformation, lack of time, lack of visibility, and lack of resources. You either automate attack surface management the way an attacker does, and protect it, or you try to do it manually, and do not. We, of course, strongly recommend you do.

If you’ve got additional quotes, feel free to send them our way, we love to hear from you. Lisa is @LisaBilawski on Twitter and Jim is @IAMANAPT. Or, if you’re ready to see what CyCognito is all about, we recommend signing up to see our 8-minute demo video.

About Jim Wachhaus, Director of Product Marketing & Lisa Bilawski, Director of Content Marketing

Jim Wachhaus, Director of Technical Product Marketing, has been in technical roles on cybersecurity products for over two decades and is passionate about the discipline of cyber system defense. Lisa Bilawski, Director of Content Marketing, enjoys creating content for the security and IT audience that educates, delights and inspires."


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