How Security Performance Management Fits Into Your Tech Stack
Sibel Bagcilar | July 14, 2020
In our ever-evolving, dynamic cybersecurity landscape, new vulnerabilities are being exploited daily and potential threats can escalate very quickly. Expectations and standards of care are constantly in flux — and what constituted “adequate” security yesterday may not be enough today. As the attack surface continues to grow, it’s more important than ever that you can quickly identify and remediate cybersecurity gaps that exist within your infrastructure.
Do you know where your cybersecurity gaps are?
There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes between your network and the Internet — some of which your current security technology may not provide any insight or visibility into. Even if you have a Firewall, Intrusion Detection System (IDS), and other security controls in place, you likely do not have full context into all of the traffic occurring between various end points and your infrastructure across on-premise, cloud, and remote office environments.
From open ports to missing patches, there are a variety of potential cybersecurity gaps in your existing controls that you may not be aware of. In order to protect your data and maintain the desired security posture, you need to have a system in place to identify and address these flaws before they lead to a breach or other security incident.
This visibility is increasingly vital as Shadow IT, potentially unprotected applications being used without IT’s knowledge, continues to pose a major threat to business operations. As your digital ecosystem expands, it’s critical that you have the ability to discover hidden assets, assess them for risk, and bring them into line with corporate security policies.
Get more out of the security investments you’ve already made
Now, more than ever, organizations need to go beyond a static, compliance-oriented approach to cybersecurity. Checking a box in order to keep up with the latest regulations is not enough. And falling behind on implementing security updates or patching can lead to vulnerabilities that malicious actors can easily exploit. In fact, according to a recent Ponemon Institute survey, 60% of breaches involve vulnerabilities for which a patch was available but not applied.
Here’s where BitSight’s powerful data comes in. BitSight Security Ratings are calculated using externally observable data on compromised systems, security diligence, user behavior, and public disclosures. Through the Internet traffic insights we routinely collect, we can find evidence of where your existing security controls are failing and offer outside-in visibility into your company network.
These insights into the vulnerabilities facing your organization empower you to understand the risk and likelihood of a breach. For instance, the BitSight platform evaluates open ports to determine whether or not unnecessary access points exist. And recent research by BitSight found that organizations with an F as their BitSight Open Port grade are more than twice as likely to experience a breach than companies with an A. By understanding your ratings for different diligence risk vectors, you can take data-driven remediation actions to prevent a future security incident.
Understanding your attack surface
It’s become increasingly clear that a rigorous and ongoing approach to cybersecurity requires you to have this broad visibility into your growing attack surface — so that you can identify your risk exposure from outdated software, undetected malware, known and unknown vulnerabilities, unsecured access points, and misconfigured systems.
With BitSight for Security Performance Management, you can continuously monitor, measure, and communicate the efficacy of the security controls you currently have in place, and gain insight into the inherent risk present throughout your digital ecosystem. This unprecedented contextual data about your infrastructure makes it easier than ever to detect gaps in your current security controls, enrich the security analysis you’re already conducting, and remediate issues faster.
Through BitSight’s integrations with SIEM tools like Splunk, you can also extract more value from the security data you may already be collecting. With these integrations, you can pull your BitSight findings into existing security workflows and dashboards — so you can refer to all of your threat intelligence insights in one place. By streamlining this process of collecting and using cybersecurity data, you can optimize your risk management program and maximize your cybersecurity tech stack ROI.
It’s time to learn how secure your organization really is
As time goes on, your organization is being held increasingly accountable for the performance of its cybersecurity program. In order to secure your valuable assets from threats throughout the digital ecosystem, you need to be able to continuously monitor for any gaps in your cybersecurity controls.
Interested in learning more about how BitSight for Security Performance Management empowers you to identify these gaps and get more out of your existing cybersecurity technology? Explore our new interactive infographic.
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