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Contain the Risk of Digital Transformation

Digital transformation continues to drive many organizations’ growth initiatives. Utilizing emerging technology that aligns with a company’s mission can greatly accelerate agility, resiliency and competitive advantage – but there is inherent risk involved in many digital transformation efforts. Exciting new technologies can introduce vulnerabilities and expand an organization’s attack surface. Comprehensive identification of vulnerabilities isn’t enough to properly manage cyber risk. Enter Attack Surface Management.

Defining Attack Surface Management

Attack Surface Management (ASM) refers to the process of identifying, evaluating and minimizing an organization's potential vulnerabilities and entry points that can be exploited by attackers. It involves analyzing and understanding the various elements of an organization's digital infrastructure, including networks, systems, applications and data, to effectively manage and reduce the attack surface.

ASM is a proactive approach that helps organizations stay ahead of potential threats and reduce the likelihood of successful cyberattacks. By effectively managing the attack surface, organizations can minimize their exposure to potential threats, strengthen their overall security posture and improve their ability to detect and respond promptly.

ASM focuses on gaining visibility into all potential avenues through which an attacker could gain unauthorized access or exploit weaknesses within an organization's digital environment. This includes evaluating external-facing assets such as web applications, network devices and cloud services, as well as internal systems and endpoints. The key objectives of Attack Surface Management are:

  • Discovery: Identifying and cataloging all assets, both internal and external, that are part of an organization's attack surface.
  • Assessment: Evaluating the security posture of the identified assets to determine vulnerabilities, misconfigurations or weaknesses that could be exploited by attackers.
  • Prioritization: Ranking and prioritizing vulnerabilities based on their severity, impact and exploitability to focus resources on mitigating the most critical risks.
  • Remediation: Helping customers understand what the appropriate actions are to mitigate or eliminate identified vulnerabilities and reducing the attack surface.
  • Continuous Monitoring: Ongoing monitoring and assessment processes to ensure the attack surface is continuously evaluated and managed.

Architect an ASM Solution

ASM is constantly evolving and adapting to the changing cyber security landscape. An integrated ASM solution includes enhanced threat intelligence (TI) capabilities, vulnerability assessment (VA) and external attack surface management (EASM), along with converged security validation tools.

C1 is a leader in helping clients identify and minimize vulnerabilities with ASM solutions. Our holistic and scalable ASM solution features Vulnerability Management as a Service, Penetration Testing, Asset Management and virtual CISO (Chief Information Security Officer). With C1's Attack Surface Management Solution, you can gain a deep understanding of your organization's vulnerabilities, prioritize remediation efforts and implement proactive security measures. Our comprehensive suite of services, backed by our team of security experts, helps you reduce risks, enhance your security posture and protect your critical assets from evolving cyber threats.

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Managing risk is not a one-time solution. It's an ongoing journey.

Relentless attacks demand uncompromising strategies. C1 helps you develop strategies to quickly detect and rapidly respond to breaches. Contact us to get started today. Schedule a Consultation
About the author:
Stephen Brown is responsible for cyber security offer management. He holds a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification.