In the world of cybersecurity, there’s one ultimate truth that applies in every scenario: You can’t secure what you can’t see. Making informed, comparative decisions about your digital ecosystem requires you to understand where all your critical assets live — and any inherent risks present there. With as much as 75% of the workforce shifting to remote work in some industries, this visibility is more critical than ever.
Your attack surface is growing
Digital transformation is no longer optional in today’s competitive business climate. As time goes on, organizations around the world are adopting more and more new technology and services — from widespread cloud infrastructures to bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies — in an effort to boost productivity and become increasingly agile.
Of course, as your ecosystem expands, so does your attack surface. When organizations launch new digital initiatives and adopt widespread work-from-home policies, their corporate networks are introduced to new vulnerabilities. Unfortunately, malicious actors are ready to take advantage of this opportunity to advance their nefarious objectives.
The challenges of understanding and quantifying cyber risk
While it’s clear that having extensive insight into the evolving threats within your network is critical to your ability to maintain the desired cybersecurity posture, a variety of obstacles may stand in your way:
Insufficient visibility: In order to develop a strong security performance management program, you must be able to identify and mitigate the risk hidden across your digital assets in the cloud, geographies, subsidiaries, and a remote workforce. Unfortunately, organizations often lack visibility into the inventory of critical assets that comprise these ecosystems, as well as the risk associated with those assets.
A lack of context: If your organization has a massive digital footprint and lacks the right tools to gain visibility into your critical assets, you may need to filter through massive amounts of data to identify the most severe or potentially severe security events. This drawn-out process and lack of overall security context makes it increasingly difficult for organizations to prioritize remediation efforts effectively.
The need for a security framework: Oftentimes, disparate systems and teams lack a common language through which to discuss cyber security KPIs, vulnerabilities, and issues. This makes it hard to work towards an organization-wide understanding of security performance and cyber risk. As security ratings are a data-driven, objective, and dynamic measure of security performance, thousands of organizations around the world use this KPI to manage cyber security risk where transparency may have historically been lacking.
Gain more visibility into your digital assets
In response to these ongoing challenges, the BitSight team recently released Attack Surface Analytics, which gives you more context into your expanding digital ecosystem than ever before. Now, you can gain greater visibility into your attack surface across on-premise, cloud, and remote office environments — enabling you to identify and remediate security issues faster.
Our centralized cyber security dashboard empowers you to see where all your assets are located — broken down by cloud provider, geography, and business unit — and assess the corresponding risk that each asset presents. Armed with these additional risk intelligence insights, you can make informed, comparative decisions about where to focus your cybersecurity efforts.
There’s no question about it: Being exposed to cyber risk is an inevitable part of doing business in today’s world. In fact, a recent ESG study found that 82% of organizations believe that cyber risk has increased over the past two years.
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