Your attack surface is constantly changing - your risk management strategy should, too.
As a cybersecurity or IT professional you’ll know that the industry’s alphabet soup is a running joke. But in truth, the ‘soup’ is necessary. The threat landscape literally changes every day, and so must the tools and techniques we use to defend against it.
According to a recent report from Accenture, 63% of high-growth companies have adopted a work-from-anywhere model. Workplace definitions are changing, while hyper-expanding risk surfaces.
Traditional data protection used to focus on a business’s perimeter and the assets (hardware and software) that operated within its “walls”. Yet today’s borderless workplaces mean the perimeter no longer exists and instead creates almost a limitless attack surface. Every asset is critical for the sensitive data it collects, stores and shares.
What is Attack Surface Management (ASM) - and how has it changed?
All IT and security teams are responsible for understanding their organization’s internal and external attack surface as part of ongoing data loss prevention strategy.
Our reliance on connected systems, cloud applications and distributed work environments has changed the way IT and security teams think about and classify digital business assets. Traditionally, IT assets included hardware like desktops, printers, routers and switches. Today, assets include all of the hardware and software a business has, and that its employees use inside and outside its walls.
As businesses add new assets, they stretch their overall attack surface, increasing cyber risk and the likelihood of a data leak or security breach. Without visibility to digital assets and sensitive data, businesses increase their risk profile.