What Are Attack Surfaces and How to Protect Them
Attack surfaces are the different endpoints, subsidiaries, business units, and devices that a hacker could go after.
We have a client who had a Japanese subsidiary that spun up a server for QA testing.
They used it for a couple of years and then forgot about it and stopped maintaining it.
But the server was still there. And the attackers found it and tried to use it to break into the client’s infrastructure.
Thankfully, we discovered it, alerted them, and the hack was thwarted.
That’s why it’s so important to know your attack surfaces because if you don't know it, you can’t protect it.
Here are 2 things to keep in mind while doing so:
- Continuously rediscover how you appear to the adversaries:
If you only do it once in a blue moon, then your information becomes stale.
If you run a vulnerability assessment once a quarter, how do we know that tomorrow, a sleep-deprived IT admin is not going to misconfigure the system and get you hacked?
- Turn data into actionable insights:
Just collecting a lot of data about attack surfaces is not good enough.
You need to know what to do with it: how to quantify it, measure it, and act on it.
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