Fully Mapping Your Internet Facing Attack Surface

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It’s popular to claim there is NO perimeter in networks today and you certainly don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket – the firewall. But there’s still a perimeter (thank goodness), and there’s still a vast risk differential between systems directly exposed to the Internet and those that aren’t. Those exposed systems and resources constitute your Internet-facing attack surface and deserve special attention when it comes to vulnerability management, because they are the most likely to be viable targets to the latest exploits.

However, you can’t protect what you don’t know about and there’s nothing more frustrating than finding out you were hacked via an easy-to-fix exploit that your vulnerability scanner could have fixed if you’d just known to scan that system. 

The larger, older and more distributed your organization, the harder it is to keep track of everything on your network and every asset facing the Internet. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s just a matter of scanning your known range of IP addresses.

The more sites, cloud services, teams, divisions and projects – the more stuff there is out there. In talking to vulnerability management professionals, it’s clear that organizations are invariably surprised when they systematically go about mapping out their full Internet-facing attack surface. 

And attack surface isn’t just a factor of IT asset quantity. New technologies increase attack surface as well. Think about Memcached and Redis. Every network segment, every device and IP address, every open port and every piece of software and enabled feature constitutes attack surface.

In this real training for free event, we will discuss how to systematically survey your organization’s attack surface using every available piece of information. Here’s some of the resources we’ll explore:

  • Reverse DNS
  • Certificate databases
  • DNS domain names
  • IT vendor management
  • Internal netflow data and logs
  • Authentication and Identity Management systems

The goal is to ferret out everything exposed in any way to the Internet, so that you can ensure those assets stay fully hardened and up-to-date. Rapid7 is our proud sponsor and Rapid7’s Sr. Solutions Manager, Justin Buchanan, CISSP, will show you how InsightVM leverages Rapid7’s open data research, Project Sonar, to provide innovative ways for you to identify and assess your full attack surface.

Please join us for this real training for free session.

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