February 23, 2023by Dr. Maceo D Wattley

Attack Surface Management for small business and middle market companies

In today's world, small business and middle market companies face a significant challenge in maintaining their cybersecurity posture. With the growing number of cyber threats and attacks, these businesses must implement a comprehensive attack surface management plan. This plan should include using threat intelligence to scale their defense and control costs.

Attack Surface Management (ASM) is identifying and assessing the potential vulnerabilities and entry points for cyber attackers within an organization's IT infrastructure. The objective is to identify and mitigate any potential risks to ensure the business's IT systems are secure from attacks. ASM is critical for all organizations, regardless of their size, as it provides a comprehensive understanding of their attack surface.

For small and middle-market companies, ASM can be daunting due to budget constraints, lack of expertise, and resource limitations. However, implementing a successful ASM strategy does not have to break the bank. One solution is to leverage threat intelligence.

Threat intelligence is the practice of gathering and analyzing information on potential threats and attackers. It helps organizations identify potential vulnerabilities, threats, and risks that may impact their systems. By leveraging threat intelligence, small business, and middle market companies can better understand the threats they face and develop a proactive defense strategy.

Here are some tips on how small business and middle market companies can scale their defense and control costs with threat intelligence:

Identify potential attack vectors: The first step in implementing an effective ASM strategy is identifying potential attack vectors within the organization's IT infrastructure. This includes identifying vulnerable points such as unpatched software, misconfigured systems, and weak passwords.

Leverage threat intelligence tools: Many free and paid threat intelligence tools help small and middle market companies identify potential threats and vulnerabilities. These tools can help automate the process of identifying potential attack vectors and alerting the organization when a threat is detected.

Develop a threat intelligence program: Developing a threat intelligence program is essential for any organization looking to improve its cybersecurity posture. This program should include a process for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating threat intelligence to the relevant stakeholders within the organization.

Implement a risk-based approach: Small business and middle market companies should prioritize their efforts based on the risks posed by potential attacks. This includes identifying high-risk systems and implementing the necessary controls to reduce the risk of a successful attack.

Engage with third-party vendors: Third-party vendors can provide valuable threat intelligence and expertise to small business and middle-market companies that may need more resources or expertise in-house.

It’s important to remember that small and middle-market companies face significant cybersecurity challenges due to limited resources and budget constraints. However, by implementing an effective ASM strategy and leveraging threat intelligence, these businesses can improve their cybersecurity posture, scale their defense, and control costs. It is important to remember that cybersecurity is an ongoing process, and small business and middle market companies must remain vigilant in the face of ever-evolving threats.

Cybersixgill can help you assess, measure, prioritize, and address emerging threats.

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