Attack Surface Management

External attack surface management

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The key to external attack surface management

For most organizations, the external attack surface seems to grow larger by the day. Hybrid workforces, highly distributed IT environments, and proliferating digital assets and devices all combine to make external attack surface management far more challenging and complex. Most organizations suffer from major blind spots and limited visibility that complicate efforts to map the attack surface. These difficulties are compounded by security teams with limited time and resources who must also deal with an overwhelming volume of urgent alerts and updates.

To protect your organization, your IT teams must be able to clearly see the attack surface, pull the most relevant data from your threat intelligence feeds and effectively prioritize the most urgent risks. That’s where Cybersixgill can help. Augmenting our fully automated cyber threat intelligence solutions, our Attack Surface Management module automates network asset discovery and filters threat intelligence based on the unique makeup of your attack surface.

The threats to your attack surface

The task of external attack surface management must contend with a threat landscape that is growing both in size and sophistication. Attack vectors include:

  • Compromised credentials: Cybercriminals frequently gain access to IT infrastructure with stolen credentials for user accounts, applications or devices connected to the network.

  • Exposed remote access: When remote access services like VPNs and Remote Desktop Protocols are poorly secured, attackers can easily access them to infiltrate enterprise systems.

  • Application vulnerabilities: Flaws and weaknesses in applications or third-party software are often exploited by hackers to gain access to sensitive data or to infect a system with malware.

  • Unsecured web applications: Many attackers exploit the interface between an organization’s network and third-party web applications and APIs to escalate privileges and penetrate the network.

  • Remote code execution: Cyber criminals are often able to execute code on a target system without the knowledge of the user.

  • Phishing attacks: Attackers are constantly finding new social engineering techniques to dupe users into divulging sensitive information, sharing login credentials, or clicking on malicious links that download malware.

In addition to these addressing these attack vectors, external attack surface management must identify and protect a growing number of surfaces, including endpoints, applications, databases, cloud servers, IoT networks, operating systems, remote access systems and physical access points as well as human employees, contractors, third-party vendors.

Cybersixgill Attack Surface Management

Cybersixgill’s fully automated threat intelligence solutions help organizations fight cybercrime, block fishing, prevent data leaks, enhance ransomware protection, remediate vulnerabilities, and amplify incident response in real time. To simplify external attack surface management, we now offer an add-on module – Cybersixgill Attack Surface Management (ASM) – to our industry-leading CTI solutions.

The ASM module continuously discovers, scopes and classifies externally facing network assets, both known and unknown, to deliver complete visibility into your organization’s attack surface and eliminate exposure blind spots. Cyber asset attack surface management features provide a complete asset inventory that includes domains, subdomains, IPs, products, third-party products, executive names and credit card BINs. This data can be seamlessly integrated into our Investigative Portal interface, providing organizational context to filter, refine and focus our best-in-class threat intelligence. 

By eliminating extraneous alerts and delivering the most relevant intelligence collected from the deep, dark and clear web in real time, Cybersixgill’s external attack surface management solution delivers the earliest possible warnings of emerging threats targeting your organization. As a result, your security teams can streamline digital asset management, prioritizing protection for your most exposed assets according to their business criticality, the urgency of the threat, and the impact severity of a potential attack.

Cybersixgill threat intelligence

Cybersixgill’s external attack surface management solution is powered by a vast database of threat activity. As one of the industry’s leading threat intelligence companies, Cybersixgill captures, processes and alerts security teams to emerging threats, TTPs and IOCs as they surface on the clear, deep and dark web. We covertly extract data from a wide range of sources: limited-access deep and dark web forums and markets, invite-only messaging groups, code repositories, paste sites, and blogs and social media on clear web platforms.

After our fully automated crawlers infiltrate and scrape data from these sites, we index, correlate, analyze, tag and filter it to deliver the most relevant intelligence to each client. Our data is enriched with context that delivers comprehensive insight into the nature, source and urgency of each threat. Advanced collection mechanisms enable us to extract and digest tens of millions of intelligence items daily, 24x faster than our competitors. And 66% of the IOCs generated by our threat intelligence feed are unique and undetected by other vendors.

By providing security teams with a real-time intelligence feed, the largest database of threat activity and the tools to conduct threat investigations, we effectively protect organizations against the broadest range of cyber threats.

Why choose Cybersixgill?

Cybersixgill was founded with one purpose in mind: to protect organizations from malicious cyberattacks before they materialize, no matter where they come from. With Cybersixgill, security teams can:

  • Expose threat activity in any language, format or platform. Powerful NLP and OCR algorithms extract and process data in all languages and formats, with autonomous translation and image-to-text content extraction. 

  • Preempt and block threats as they emerge, before they can be weaponized in an attack. Automated alerts bring newly detected threats to the attention of security teams, providing warnings minutes after threats surface on the deep and dark web. While most threat intelligence feeds generate data about attacks in progress, Cybersixgill gives security teams more time to put proactive protections in place by tracking chatter and capturing threats as they emerge on forums and markets.

  • Streamline integration of threat intelligence with the unique assets, needs and workflows of each organization. With 40 API endpoints and 24 integration partners, we make it easy to integrate our threat intelligence solutions into any IT environment. 


What is an external attack surface?

An external attack surface is the sum of all the public-facing assets and associated attack vectors that cybercriminals may exploit to gain unauthorized access to an IT system. The larger an organization’s external attack surface is, the harder it is to protect it.

What is external attack surface management?

External attack surface management is the practice of identifying all the digital assets within an attack surface, determining the criticality and risk of each asset and taking steps to protect them.