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Security Posture Of Your Digital Ecosystem?
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Customer trust in your organization is one of greatest assets and enterprise can have. However, a rising trend in attack vectors combined with the lax oversight of a critical attack vector may put your organization, and your customers, at risk.
The growth in online interactions, and how online services and applications or built, has given rise to a new and ever-growing attack surface that few organizations are prepared to defend.
Every public-facing asset your customers and employees access when interacting with your company online, whether it’s owned and managed by your organization or owned and managed by a third party, makes up your online ecosystem. This ecosystem represents your organization’s external attack surface.
When it comes to information security the dominant strategy has been an in-depth defense of the perimeter by firewalls and internal networks. But what if the threat actors are not looking to breach this perimeter? Assets hosted outside of an organization’s firewall present a growing challenge to security teams, assets deployed beyond this edge represent an external attack surface that can be used to target an organization.
This new digital footprint is far more expansive than the internal one, often by several orders of magnitude as the interactions between employees, consumers, and businesses are increasingly happening online via web-based services and applications. The growth of this footprint has accelerated as enterprises undertake significant digital transformation initiatives. These projects require new digital assets, many of which reside outside the firewall, are hosted on public cloud infrastructures, or are deployed in mobile app stores.
Additionally, development of these services and applications often incorporate the products or capabilities of third-party vendors of services, code, infrastructure, or data. It doesn’t stop there – many of those third-parties have built their functionality on top of their own vendors. These third-, fourth, and ‘Nth’-parties provide assets that are also part of your external attack surface, whether you know about them or not.
External Attack Surface Management is an emerging cybersecurity discipline that includes identifying risks coming from these internet-facing assets and systems. EASM refers to the processes and technology necessary to discover external-facing assets and effectively managing the vulnerabilities of those assets. Examples include servers, credentials, public cloud misconfiguration, and third-party partner software code vulnerabilities that could be exploited by malicious actors. EASM’s core tenant is to take an outside-in view to the enterprise to identify and mitigate threats that exist beyond the perimeter.
External Attack Surface Management should be part of your vulnerability and threat management effort, where known and unknown risks, vulnerabilities, and assets are handled strategically versus an ad-hoc approach. For security teams to be successful EASM solutions can provide the following: