Building an Effective Attack Surface Management (ASM) Program?

Rapid digital change has transformed nearly every organization. For many, these changes mean evolving their traditionally strong history and industry leadership to remain agile, flexible, and adaptive: banks, manufacturers, and physical retailers delivering new digital services. Meanwhile, other organizations were born in the digital age, highly dependent on digital technology as raw material for their products and services. Examples include social media platforms, streaming services, software, biotechnology, and FinTech.

What is an Attack Surface?

An attack surface consists of known, unknown, and rogue assets:

Known Assets

Inventoried and managed assets such as your corporate website and servers and the dependencies running on them. Improve protection for critical digital assets and data with monitoring and automation. Mitigate exposures faster and with more confidence with automation and prioritization.

Unknown Assets

Infrastructure stood up outside the purview of your security team, such as forgotten websites (Shadow IT or Orphaned IT). Discover and mapping for complete, on-demand visibility across the external attack surface. Continuous detection and attribution to remove risk and threats to your external attack surface.

Rogue Assets

Malicious infrastructure spun up by threat actors such as malware or a website or mobile app impersonating your brand. Millions of these assets appear on the internet every day and are entirely outside the scope of firewalls and endpoint protection. Adversary-threat intelligence and Tracking provide scalable, durable, adaptive threat defense. Map and Monitor third-party risks and eliminate n-th degree risk to secure digital supply chain.

Five Ways Hackers are Targeting Organizations

Analysis of an Attack Surface

The boom in internet-exposed assets from a decade of digital transformation, and accelerated by a seismic shift to a remote workforce in response to COVID-19, can make protecting your enterprise's digital attack surface feel overwhelming. Today, organizations are responsible for defending not only their internal network but also their digital presence across the internet and the cloud.

What is Attack Surface Management?

It's a semi-new term in the industry, and many CISO’s and IT Leaders are asking the question.

For organizations, attack surface management means proactively addressing the cyber threats, vulnerabilities, and exposures that adversaries can use to gain unauthorized access to their systems and attack their brand and customers.

Attack surface management is a predominant concern for security teams and their senior leadership, who must have a comprehensive view of their overall digital exposures and deep insight into threats targeting them to make strategic decisions safely and effectively.

Attack surfaces are an organization's entire digital presence, which can be massive and encompass hundreds of thousands of assets and millions of signals across the internet, cloud, and mobile app ecosystem. Today's attack surfaces are dynamic and global in scale—COVID-19 accelerated the decentralized work environment, cloud workloads have become critical to modern IT, and SaaS platforms play an increasing role in the enterprise. With each organization's security perimeter bleeding more and more into the internet, defending the extended enterprise is a global-scale challenge.

Five Security Intelligence Must-Haves For Next-Gen Attack Surface Management

Today's global internet attack surface has transformed dramatically into a dynamic, all-encompassing, and completely entwined ecosystem. Learn the importance of modern, dynamic security intelligence focused on digital connections with five critical elements all security teams must have to stay ahead of their adversaries.

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What Are The Core Functions of Attack Surface Management?

Attack Surface Management with Attack Surface Intelligence

Discover Unknowns

Attack Surface Management must extend security teams and programs outside the firewall anywhere on earth, including on-premise, cloud, SaaS, IaaS, and XaaS, to address all threats and exposures associated with their digital presence. However, extending security across the modern enterprise attack surface isn't possible without an accurate, continuously updated inventory of all an organization's digital assets—known, unknown, and rogue.

Then, by applying tailored Security Intelligence, security teams can pinpoint how and where you are exposed. Security teams going toe-to-toe with a nearly infinite threat landscape needs relevant context and insights by automating data assembly from IPs, domains, services, ports, hashes, components, and code across the enterprise and third parties.

Investigate Threats

Security teams need the ability to hunt across their extended enterprise, including vendors, partners, and any internet asset. When an alert happens, the clock is ticking. Attackers are evading detection, reaching deeper into your environment, and taking more ground with ransomware, denial of service, and outright data theft.

Organizations must scale and enable security operations by automating data assembly to quickly find threat actors and their tools and infrastructure. This capability relies on fortifying group intelligence and skills and enriches workflows with live intelligence fused into every corner of the SOC.

What are the Key Requirements for Attack Surface Management?

How Can RiskIQ Help Your Organization Manage Their Attack Surface?

RiskIQ can help you Discover Unknowns and Investigate Threats. Check out the capabilities of our solutions below.
Key CapabilitiesRiskIQ IlluminateRiskIQ Digital Footprint
Internet Intelligence Graph
Personalized Attack Surface Intelligence
Relevant Threat and Risk Indicators (Your Attack Surface)
Automated, Continuous Discovery — Global Attack Surface
Dynamic Risk and Reputation Scoring
Curated Open Source Intelligence + RiskIQ Advanced Threat Indicators
On-demand Deep and Dark Web
Risk Reporting and Modeling
Curated Global Inventory, Solution Architecture
Automated Change Detection
Vulnerability Management and Integration

RiskIQ Illuminate® Internet Intelligence Platform

RiskIQ Illuminate is the first step in bringing together global visibility for an organization's digital attack surface in a single platform. We know our customers want to pull intelligence into the products and security stack to make those systems smarter and orchestrate a rapid, coordinated, cross-functional response.

The Illuminate platform has modules for everyone in the security team from the CISO, SecOps, CTI, Brand Intelligence, and Vulnerability Teams, enabling a unified view of internet threats that ultimately speed up decision-making and response times to reduce overall risk.

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