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Attack surface protection is the process of continuously discovering, classifying and testing the security of your attacker-exposed IT ecosystem. It combines advanced ASM capabilities with automated multi-factor testing to discover the paths of least resistance that attackers are most likely to use to compromise organizations. The first, foundational step in attack surface protection is to fully map the organization’s externally-exposed attack surface. While most ASM and EASM approaches stop there or use a proxy risk measure (such as banner grabbing), attack surface protection takes that process a step further. Attack surface protection uses active security testing that goes beyond simply mapping out the attack surface and applying indirect security measurements. To complete the protection process, discovered risks must be prioritized, so that security teams can plan their remediation efforts and address the most potentially damaging issues.