Attack Surface Management
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Attack Surface Management FAQs
An organization’s attack surface encompasses all vulnerabilities, pathways, or methods, often called attack vectors, that malicious hackers may exploit to infiltrate networks, access sensitive data, or execute cyberattacks without authorization.
Attack Surface Management (ASM) safeguards against cyber threats by providing companies with comprehensive insights into their internal and external attack surfaces, encompassing all vulnerabilities, entry points, and potential avenues for attacks from various sources.
ASM covers a range of digital assets, including but not limited to:
- Websites and web applications
- Domain names
- Cloud resources
- IoT devices
- Mobile apps
- Shadow IT resources
- Third-party integrations
ASM offers numerous benefits, including:
- Reduction in overall cyber risk
- Improved security posture
- Comprehensive visibility into the external attack surface
- Better regulatory compliance
- Reduced likelihood of data breaches and associated costs
External Attack Surface Management oversees cybersecurity vulnerabilities linked to an organization’s outward-facing digital resources. This method encompasses vigilant surveillance, detection, minimization, and alleviation of risks within an organization’s external attack surface.
An attack vector serves as the pathway or method through which an attacker or hacker gains entry to a computer or network server, intending to deploy a harmful payload or achieve a malicious outcome. These vectors empower hackers to exploit system vulnerabilities, encompassing technical weaknesses and exploiting human factors within the system.
The frequency of conducting these assessments relies on various factors, such as the organization’s size, the intricacy of its attack surface, and the associated risk level. Optimal practice suggests that rather than intermittently, attack surface management should ideally occur on a continuous basis.
Determining the priority for addressing vulnerabilities depends on factors such as the organization’s attack surface, risk level, and exploit potential. Organizations should prioritize based on severity ratings, the probability of exploitation, impact on business operations, and the criticality of compromised assets.
Attack surface management comprises various core functions operations such as asset identification, vulnerability evaluation, threat modeling, and risk administration. Asset discovery specifically focuses on recognizing every device and system linked to an organization’s network.
To mitigate Attack Surface risks, organizations must first fully assess the extent of their Attack Surface across websites, portals, apps, etc. Once the Attack Surface has been mapped, organizations can audit all aspects of their Attack Surface to address any weaknesses, patch vulnerabilities, and consolidate vulnerable online assets in preparation for remediation efforts.
ASM can help protect against incidences of cyberattacks by assessing the entire attack surface, bringing to light any vulnerabilities or security flaws/exposures. Once these are identified, an organization’s infosec team can initiate remedial measures to secure their attack surface, either intenally or with the help of a Cyber Threat Intelligence/Cybersecurity expert such as Cyble.
The frequency of conducting ASM assessments relies on various factors, such as the organization’s size, the intricacy of its attack surface, and the associated risk level. Optimal practice suggests that attack surface management should occur continuously rather than intermittently.