Cybersecurity is a priority for any organization and a big-ticket budget line item. But before investments in security are made, your organization must understand what it is doing right and where improvements to your cybersecurity program are needed.
Typically, this involves conducting a periodic security audit. But these assessments only capture a point-in-time view of the effectiveness of your security controls – and are incredibly resource-intensive.
BitSight partnered with Good Harbor to host a salon discussion with security leaders from various industries to hear their thoughts on what the breach means for the security industry. Hosted by Richard A Clarke and BitSight’s Stephen Boyer, the discussion covered a range of topics from what happened, to what we should learn from the event, to what needs to happen next to minimize the damage from future attacks.
Work from home practices introduce significant cyber risk to any organization. Worryingly, BitSight research discovered that remote office networks are 7.5 times more likely to have at least five distinct malware families on them than a corporate network.
As remote workforces become the norm, this should ring alarm bells for security leaders. When an employee uses a corporate device on a home network, malware can propagate to the corporate network. This is especially problematic given user behavior and the dynamics of home networks. In 52% of cases, corporate-issued devices are used by family members or trusted friends. These assets also share the same network as potentially insecure IoT devices such as alarm systems, smart TVs, refrigerators, and more.
Taking back control of your network in light of hackers’ growing sophistication can be time-consuming. Even well-established organizations with money to spend on solid cybersecurity programs are still falling victim to some of the new sneaky breach attempts, as seen with this year's ransomware attacks.
But as your digital infrastructure expands, understanding where cyber risk lies hidden can be challenging. In this increasingly diverse environment, your security team ends up buried in a sea of data and alerts — and may end up missing something important. They are also hopping between multiple tools and lack a complete picture of your company’s security posture.
Rather than play whack-a-mole with threats, here are three reasons you should focus on attack surface scanning to mitigate risk.