Where Are We with Security Posture Initiatives?


Scott Gordon talks about how organizations are contending with increased cyber risk due to a worsening threat landscape and more organized threat actors. A recent 2022 Attack Surface Management Maturity report shed light on the current state, exposures, and priorities that organizations are considering to fortify their security posture. This survey, conducted by Cybersecurity Insiders, asked more than 350 security professions in enterprise organizations across industries their views on business outcomes, remote work, policy shifts and more, and revealed many useful findings.


The question is, given today’s accelerated hybrid workplace, multi-cloud, and digital business growth, how are organizations contending with increased cyber risk due to a worsening threat landscape and more organized threat actors? As organizations determine how to better leverage their endpoint, application, network infrastructure, cloud, and security management tools to improve their security posture and cyber resilience, a platform approach to enterprise technology management would provide a centralized means to gain accurate and timely asset visibility and requisite analytics.


Cybersecurity leaders continue to calibrate and extend their attack surface management capabilities. This encompasses understanding the range of internal and external attack vectors that could be exploited, such as endpoints and network devices that are poorly maintained, improperly accounted for public-facing cloud resources, systems with known vulnerabilities, and malicious sites posing as trusted sites designed to dupe users to provide access credentials.


While 40% have confidence with the measures their organizations have taken in attack surface management, the remaining have low to no confidence. The outcome of related security issues over the past 12 months resulted in a third indicating an impact on employee productivity and reduced business activity. Surprisingly, only 10% admitted to data leakage issues, but over 20% experienced increases in IT incident response expenditure – adding more pressure against anticipated shrinking budgets. An attack surface comprises entry points where a user or system is susceptible to attack, and as a result, provides unauthorized access to a system and data.


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