Gain holistic visibility into your attack surface with trusted threat modeling software
With the proliferation of IoT devices, API-centric environments, microservices, and other modern software architecture, enterprise organizations have an increasingly complex cyber risk assessment to evaluate and adjust over time. New technology presents new monetization opportunities, but also new threats.
Security professionals are tasked with understanding the entire scope of an organization’s application environment and where they may be liable to hacks or attacks, both internally and externally. The attack surface can be broken down into the following components:
What Is The Attack Surface?
- The sum of all paths for data coming in and exiting the application(s);
- The code that governs how these data transfers occur;
- All relevant business data being generated and stored in the application;
- The code that protects stored data;
As part of any leading CISO’s job description, mapping out and reducing the attack surface is critical in the 21st century to prevent hacks and liability. Enterprises are becoming more reliant on software and data each year; protecting those assets is essential not only for its value as intellectual or proprietary property, but also to mitigate data breaches and cyber attacks which can cost a company millions of dollars.
Attack Surface Reduction
Reducing the attack surface means reducing the likelihood of your software systems being compromised. Many steps can be taken to minimize the attack surface. Any activity which reduces the number of vulnerabilities in a system could be considered attack surface reduction.
For example, it’s common practice for attack surface reduction to eliminate code redundancies and unnecessary complexity within an application’s architecture. Following principles set forth by lean software development methodology and Occam’s Razor, the simplest code version with the least amount of assumptions is usually the one with the smallest attack surface. Audit and eliminate unnecessary functionality, APIs, and code. Auditing APIs specifically can be a useful starting point because they are likely involved in data transfer between applications and third-party systems.
Scaling down your attack surface starts by completing a vulnerability scan and using real-time tools to model your application and potential risks. This process is also called threat modeling, a core responsibility of any CISO or security professional. Historically, threat modeling was achieved by using outdated tools and redundant processes.
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