Follow this advice to minimize vulnerabilities and give threat actors fewer opportunities to compromise your organization’s network and devices.
More cloud computing solutions, remote and work-from-home systems and internet-connected devices increase risk from an expanded attack surface. The best way to reduce the number of vulnerabilities is to establish a proper enterprise attack surface management program.
Proper attack surface management requires analyzing operations to discover potential vulnerabilities and understand the landscape. That information should help to develop a plan, but success depends on executing that plan across the organization’s network, systems, channels and touchpoints.
Here are some best practices to consider when building an enterprise attack surface management program:
Map out the attack surface
To mount a proper defense, you must understand what digital assets are exposed, where attackers will most likely target a network, and what protections are required. So, increasing attack surface visibility and building a strong representation of attack vulnerabilities is critical. The types of vulnerabilities to look for include older and less secure computers or servers, unpatched systems, outdated applications, and exposed IoT devices.