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For the past ten years, RiskIQ has been crawling and passive-sensing the internet to help security teams prepare for a digital revolution that would cause their attack surfaces to move beyond the firewall and outpace traditional security. New initiatives would demand migration to the cloud and call for the immediate adoption of web, mobile, and social platforms, demonstrating the limitations of network security controls.
This digital revolution happened quickly, but with the outbreak of COVID-19, it has suddenly gone into hyperdrive. Almost overnight, workforces and business operations decentralized and were flung all over the world, widening the protection gaps. In only the past two weeks, security protocols have completely changed—firewalls, DLP, and network monitoring are no longer valid. Attackers now have far more access points to probe or exploit, with little-to-no security oversight. Meanwhile, IT is feverishly standing up new systems, new access, and new channels and likely succumbing to human error, such as critical misconfigurations.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a grave and challenging situation for enterprises, but RiskIQ and our customers are uniquely prepared.
With a network of globally-placed sensors, proxies, and web crawlers, RiskIQ has been collecting, analyzing, and storing internet data for more than ten years. This data shows us what the internet looks like, its interconnectivity, how each business, organization, government, and threat actor appears on the open web and the cloud. This includes new infrastructure that’s stood up remotely.
The COVID-19 pandemic requires immediate action by security teams. Here’s what you should do to get started.
1. Shadow IT gets a big boost, be prepared
As IT teams and other staff stand up new external assets to enable customers and a remote workforce—websites, web portals, mobile apps, and more—security officers must continuously track it all. Having a running, continually updated inventory of everything connected to the organization outside the firewall will be crucial because attackers will be looking for them, too. Knowing their targets’ defenses are spread thin, they’ll search for unknown, unprotected, and unmonitored digital assets. It just takes one for them to get access and move laterally across an organization’s network.
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2. Identify and locate all remote access points
Many employees can get their work done from anywhere due to the increased interconnectedness of modern technology. Yet, while it is possible to work from home, proper network security for remote employees is just as important as a secure network within the office building. Being able to scan for access points across your organization’s network quickly to know who has access and where it’s coming from is essential. The same goes for customers––if you’re an enterprise software platform, customers may have more access than anyone realized.
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3. Pinpoint configuration errors
To accommodate a remote workforce with as little loss in productivity as possible, IT teams are standing up new systems quickly. They might make sure all the patches are applied. But, at this pace, they are likely making mistakes. Having a full inventory of systems associated with your organizations so you can scan them for misconfigurations will help build a secure external network that gets business done outside the office.
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4 Find and secure cloud assets and services
Remote workforces will leverage the cloud more than ever. As more things are stood up to the cloud and moved there in the coming weeks, it will be crucial to have a full inventory of cloud assets to determine ownership—as well as what’s potentially accessible to attackers such as orphaned, abandoned, and shadow IT.
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5. Detect malicious, rogue assets
Unfortunately, threat actors are taking full advantage of the global anxiety over COVID-19 and the confusion and challenges it’s causing businesses. Scams, phishing, and malware campaigns that leverage your brand and impersonate your infrastructure to fool customers and employees will run rampant if left unknown. Organizations must have situational awareness of these attacks, and access to internet-wide visibility to detect new infrastructure targeting them so they can neutralize the threat before it causes damage.
6. Prepare the WFH-Force
According to RiskIQ’s i3 threat intelligence group comprised of former U.S. government agency analysts, the FBI announced on March 20th that there had been a significant spike in cybercriminals targeting employees working from home. Here’s what they advise employees should be doing to keep themselves and their company safe.
Without ensuring network and computer system security, employers run the risk of breaches for both their remote employees and their corporate headquarters. A lack of security is especially critical now as we have observed a surge by cybercriminals looking to use this time of uncertainty to launch attacks. Contact us today.
RiskIQ has a daily Covid-19 briefing prepared by our I3 team. In the report, we give you the latest information about Covid019 from around the world. It also gives you the latest information about cyber threats (phishing, malware, ransomware) related to Covid-19.
Discovering Unknowns and Investigating Threats Amid a Global Pandemic
RiskIQ can illuminate your external attack surface and continuously monitor it to give your organization full visibility. This information can be useful in finding assets, misconfigurations, vulnerabilities, or whom to call if the asset has a problem. Your internal systems and vulnerability management systems can use this information to get you accurate risks and exposures in our new ever-expanding digital world we are living in.
RiskIQ Digital Footprint
RiskIQ can also take your internal security information and expand your visibility by enriching it to include external threat intelligence from the internet. EDR systems, for example, can take an IOC and use RiskIQ to understand the full extent of a threat actor or attack, so you have 360° visibility from inside and outside the firewall. This information can then be used to see if any other systems are also compromised but initially not alerted on by your EDR system.
You’re not alone, and we can help. Call us today if you would like to expand or jump-start your visibility to discovery unknowns in your attack surface and investigate threats to you, your organization, and customers. We can help you manage your attack surface and protect your organization from the expanded threats due to remotely doing business due to Covid-19.
RiskIQ is the leader in attack surface management. We help organizations discover, understand, and mitigate exposures across all digital channels.
Dream situation for adversaries. Holes open daily in the attack surface to support remote work. Time to adapt! Proud to be helping with free access in @PassiveTotal and via the @RiskIQ Illuminate platform. Purpose built for the #CISO and #cybersecurity teams. https://twitter.com/RiskIQ/status/1266444273207083009
Microsoft Remote Desktop is spiking. Why? Because all work is now remote work and all access is now remote access. RiskIQ scans hundreds of ports and maps exposed services to provide security teams with a picture worth a thousand log lines. https://bit.ly/2xJ1Dgx
RiskIQ's #COVID19 Weekly Update:
➡️Car rental company Hertz filed for bankruptcy protection
➡️For the first time, the Boston Marathon has been canceled
➡️Most of the malicious coronavirus emails are coming from US IP space
Read full update here: http://bit.ly/2Uv3CMV
RiskIQ's #COVID19 Internet Intelligence Gateway will enable the cybersecurity community to fight a surge in pandemic-related cybercrime. Sign up, submit any suspicious COVID-19-related URL, and have RiskIQ's powerful global crawling network at your command http://bit.ly/3eon6ek
Via @InfosecurityMag, @DanRaywood highlights RiskIQ's new #COVID19 Internet Intelligence Gateway. This one-stop cybersecurity resource is the latest weapon in the fight against the surge in pandemic-related cybercrime. Read more here https://bit.ly/36ALU02