What is Cyber Exposure?
The exposure of any weakness (vulnerabilities/misconfigurations) in an organisation’s public facing infrastructure that poses the risk of a breach or a compromise is termed as cyber exposure. It is critical for organisations to have continuous visibility of their cyber exposures and the corresponding business risk to protect themselves against cyber-attacks.
Why do you need visibility of your organisation’s cyber exposure?
Most organisations realise the security risk associated with rapidly growing networks and are finding it hard to stay on top of the no. of systems being deployed in their environment and the security of these systems being tested before they go live. Vulnerabilities and misconfigurations on externally facing assets are the two most common methods used by attackers to breach an organisation’s network.
To prevent a successful breach, organisations need continuous visibility of their cyber exposures and should remediate these cyber exposures to reduce the attack surface and hence the probability of them getting compromised.
Visibility of cyber exposure is essential for a variety of reasons. Some organisations run specific external scans to prove compliance to standards such as PCI, ISO 27001 or ASD essential 8 or government regulations such as Privacy Act, Data Breach Notification Law, GDPR etc. While most organisations run external scans to identify which assets are externally visible, what vulnerabilities exist on these assets and what is the risk of a compromise associated with each vulnerability.
Several regulatory compliance standards and frameworks dictate that vulnerability scanning should be an integral part of every organisation’s security programme.
What is our cyber exposure assessment service?
Content Security’s cyber exposure assessment service provides organisations with regular visibility of weaknesses that exist on your externally facing infrastructure and are exposed to the world along with the associated risks that could lead to an information security breach of your organisation and potential data loss.
Content Security’s service does this by executing the following actions:
This service delivers a report every month providing your organisation with an action plan on what issues to remediate in order of severity to provide you the maximum protection from external threats with minimal effort.
Is it different from a Penetration test?
A penetration test is a deeper test of your network however, most organisations only conduct penetration tests once a year or even once in two years. With the adoption of cloud environments, networks are growing rapidly and if a vulnerability is introduced in the network, it may not be identified for almost a year till the next penetration test. This gives an attacker plenty of time to exploit this vulnerability and steal sensitive information.
Therefore, a more regular vulnerability assessment is required to provide continuous visibility of vulnerabilities so that organisations can identify and remediate a serious vulnerability as it is introduced in the network and reduce the risk of them being compromised.
What are the benefits of our Cyber Exposure Assessment Service?
Content Security’s cyber exposure assessment is a complete “hands-off” service. This means that our consultants will deliver this service to an organisation and the client organisation is not required to host any infrastructure, learn new skills or provide any dedicated resources for this service to run.
We setup a cloud portal and run a scan using that on your external facing environment to identify vulnerabilities and misconfigurations. We then provide you a detailed report prioritising the remediation plan based on your business profile, risk and compliance requirements.
This service provides an organisation with the following benefits:
Organisations get access to a secure cloud based portal. There is no limit to the no. and type of scans you can run on your external environment using this portal in addition to the scans we run on your network.
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