Continuous Threat Exposure Management (CTEM)

Continuous Threat Exposure Management (CTEM)

It seems like every day there is another story in the news about a data breach or security incident. For many organizations, security teams are faced with the near-impossible task of continuously monitoring their attack surface, detecting threats, and responding to incidents before they can cause damage.

The combination of an increasingly complex threat landscape and the evolving nature of modern attacks has rendered traditional security approaches ineffective.

Enter Continuous Threat Exposure Management (CTEM).

What is CTEM?

CTEM is a comprehensive approach to security that enables organizations to continuously identify, monitor, quantify, and remediate threats across every component of their attack surface—before attackers can exploit them.

CTEM solutions leverage a combination of threat intelligence, security monitoring, and vulnerability management capabilities to provide a real-time view of an organization’s security posture. This allows security teams to proactively prioritize and respond to threats, enabling them to prevent attacks from causing harm.

Importantly, CTEM differs from traditional threat intelligence in three key ways:

  1. It is continuous, meaning that it is always on and collecting telemetry from across the attack surface.
  2. It is exposure-based, meaning that it focuses on identifying and prioritizing threats that are actively targeting the organization.
  3. It is action-oriented, meaning that it provides tailored recommendations for mitigating threats and improving security posture.

How does CTEM work?

CTEM works by collecting and analyzing telemetry from across the attack surface. This telemetry includes data from a variety of sources, such as network traffic, endpoint logs, and vulnerability scanners. CTEM uses this data to identify and prioritize threats, and to provide actionable recommendations for mitigating those threats.

CTEM can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud. On-premises deployments typically require more technical expertise and resources, but they offer more control over the data and analysis process. Cloud-based deployments are typically easier to implement and manage, but they may not offer the same level of control over the data and analysis process.

The Future of Continuous Threat Exposure Management

CTEM is a rapidly growing field, and there are several innovative technologies that are emerging to improve its effectiveness. These technologies include:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI): AI can be used to automate threat detection and response, making CTEM more efficient and effective.
  • Machine Learning (ML): ML can be used to identify patterns in threat data, helping organizations to better predict and prevent attacks.
  • Extended Detection and Response (XDR): XDR is a security platform that integrates CTEM with other security technologies, such as endpoint detection and response (EDR) and security information and event management (SIEM).

By leveraging these technologies, organizations can build more effective CTEM programs that will help them to protect their information assets from the evolving threat landscape.

Bitsight for Continuous Threat Exposure Management

Your organization is constantly changing as people, technology, and processes evolve. So is your security profile. BitSight provides continuous and automated assessment of your attack surface as it evolves, informing you about newly exposed data and how to best remediate risk.

Leverage BitSight's global database of security information to assess your attack surface and continuously track its changes. By correlating real-time security and vulnerability information, BitSight enables you to prioritize which attacks to address across your third-party ecosystem.

Optimize your organization's security by addressing priority risk factors. With Bitsight for CTEM, you can conduct automated and continuous security monitoring throughout the third-party landscape, empowering you to uncover the truth about your attack surface.