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Five Elements Organizations Should Monitor

April 19, 2022

The cybersecurity world continues to become more complex as organizations move to the cloud and shift to decentralized work. Today, the external attack surface spans multiple clouds, complex digital supply chains, and massive third-party ecosystems. Consequently, the sheer scale of now-common global security issues has radically shifted our perception of comprehensive security.The internet is now part of the network. Despite its almost unfathomable size, security teams must defend their organization’s presence across the internet to the same degree as everything behind their firewalls. As more organizations adopt the principles of Zero Trust, protecting both internal and external surfaces becomes an internet-scale challenge. As such, it’s increasingly critical for organizations to understand the full scope of their attack surface.

Microsoft acquired RiskIQ in 2021 to help organizations assess the security of their entire digital enterprise. Powered by the RiskIQ Internet Intelligence Graph, organizations can discover and investigate threats across the components, connections, services, IP-connected devices, and infrastructure that make up their attack surface to create a resilient, scalable defense.

For security teams, the sheer depth and breadth of what they need to defend may seem daunting. However, one way to put the scope of their organization’s attack surface into perspective is to think about the internet from an attacker’s point of view. This article highlights five areas that help better frame the challenges of effective external attack-surface management.

Five Elements:

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