As your business grows, so does your external attack surface. This growth opens you up to cyber risk from different vectors. Through connections with software-as-a-service platforms, third-party vendors (who then outsource to fourth-party vendors), hiring contractors, cloud migration, remote access, and others, your company is exposed to more and more risk.
Third-Party Vendors (And Beyond)
Even something as small as code for an email list signup can become a vulnerability for your organization. The vendor you work with may be completely safe and reputable, but their connected infrastructure may be the problem or even a source beyond that.
Image source tags, abandoned URLs, and other by-products of rapid online growth increase your risk. Many enterprises don’t know where to start when searching for these problems.
The rise in the use of public cloud infrastructures has greatly improved the agility of a company to launch new services or adapt to changing business environments. With your data residing on someone else’s server, you are placing a significant amount of trust into their precautions and procedures to protect your information. While the expertise of the cloud provider often means cloud servers are more secure than an in-house server, shared data environments do create potential abuses.
The most common risk with cloud tools comes from misconfigurations and poor cloud management, including weak authentication, unnecessary administrative privileges, and misuse of public share links.
Internal Cyber Risk
While you may never be able to prevent an attack from a malicious, disgruntled employee completely, organizations can prevent unintended oversights with automatic updates to devices. If your team relies on employees to update their own devices with security patches, those employees will push it off until their device stops working. By that time, a hacker may have exploited the vulnerability and accessed your network through their laptop.
Another internal cyber risk comes when employees download company data to their personal devices. This download could result in stolen intellectual property or violation of customer privacy.
This is a legitimate form of cyber risk that is mentioned in all competitor educational materials on the topic. Because this is education content/ SEO content, it should be included even if it’s not something Cyberpion addresses specifically.