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Continuous External Attack Surface Management (EASM)

Build Accurate Asset Inventory, Discover Shadow Risks & Active Validation of Passive Risks

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Employ Attackers' Techniques To Examine And Test Assets Beyond Traditional ASM

3 Major Challenges With Traditional Attack Surface Management

  • Exposed Peripheral Assets: Organizations have three times more unique peripheral assets than production ones. Peripheral assets include UAT, QA, Dev, Customer Support systems, etc. According to major breaches, attackers target peripheral assets because they are not secured as rigorously as key assets or crown jewels.

  • 40% False Positive, and Alert Fatigue: Passive Recon generates 40% false positives, leading to Alert Fatigue in both the existing SOC and the Security Organization. 

  • Hyper Dynamic Attack Surface: Multi-Cloud environments and business agility contribute to a dynamic and ever-changing attack surface. New assets are added daily, and traditional asset management solutions struggle to track and update the asset inventory.
3 Major Challenges With Traditional Attack Surface Management

EASM Platform For Continuous Discovery, Active Validation & Continuous Risk Hunting

How FireCompass Helps

Discover Assets & Passive Risks

FireCompass Recon Platform continuously sends probes, captures banners, fingerprints services, and performs contextual attribution to identify assets related to the organization. The platform indexes domains, subdomains, IPs, services, service banners, web app pages, and public code in a searchable gigantic graph of entities and relations.

Active Validation Of Risks

The FireCompass platform actively validates passive risks, ensuring an accurate inventory and risk assessment of up to 98%. This validation involves active fingerprinting and triggering vulnerabilities through active probing.

Continuous Risk
Hunting

The FireCompass platform employs advanced attribution to discover peripheral assets and initiates Multi-Stage Hunting Playbooks, executing over 30,000 attacks and checks on your Network, Web, Cloud, and other assets through our geographically distributed sensor network. Additionally, the platform launches Continuous Risk Hunting Playbooks to identify critical risks within 24-72 hours and issues alerts.

Discover Assets & Passive Risks

The FireCompass platform employs advanced attribution on the deep, dark, and surface web to identify assets related to the organization. The FireCompass Recon Platform helps you:

  • Create an inventory of assets for compliance and testing.
  • Identify and eliminate Shadow IT, such as exposed Public Cloud Buckets and RDP, along with other critical services.
  • Identify critical CVEs without active scanning.
  • Understand asset attribution details.
  • Generate SBOM (Software Bill of Materials).
External Attack Surface Management dashboard
Active Validation & Risk Hunting

Active Validation & Risk Hunting

FireCompass platform actively validates passive risks through fingerprinting, probing, and sending CVE-specific payloads, helping organizations eliminate false positives. The platform simulates adversaries to identify vulnerable assets.

FireCompass Active Validation & Risk Hunting Platform helps organizations in various ways:

  • Identification of less-secured and attacker-targeted peripheral assets.
  • Elimination of false positives from the assets inventory through advanced attribution.
  • Active validation of passive risks to reduce alert fatigue.
  • Risk prioritization based on attackers’ Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs).
  • Identification and alerts for assets exposed to Day 1 CVEs.

Test Security Continuously

The FireCompass Attack Surface Management Platform offers continuous monitoring and testing of your internet-exposed assets, providing accurate real-time risk management. It assesses vulnerabilities, open ports, risky assets, and misconfigured databases on any internet-facing infrastructure.

FireCompass Featured In Gartner® Hype Cycle For External Attack Surface Management (EASM) 2023

Benefits of Using FireCompass

98% Accurate Results

Traditional ASM generates 60% noise in alerts. The FireCompass platform performs active validation, delivering 98% accurate alerts.

Identify Risks Within 24 Hours

Identify exploitable CVEs, Shadow IT, and other critical risks within 24 hours to mitigate exposure to real attackers.

100% Assets Coverage

Continuously test your entire attack surface and receive alerts for any changes, including vulnerabilities, new ports, or other modifications to internet-facing infrastructure.

Frequently Asked Questions

As Gartner puts it, “External attack surface management (EASM) refers to the processes, technology and managed services deployed to discover internet-facing enterprise assets and systems and associated vulnerabilities which include exposed servers, credentials, public cloud service misconfigurations, deep dark web disclosures and third-party partner software code vulnerabilities that could be exploited by adversaries. EASM provides valuable risk context and actionable information through: Monitoring continuously for exposed assets and asset discovery for external-facing assets and systems Analysis to assess and prioritize the risks and vulnerabilities discovered External attack surface management is a top priority for security teams and security risk managers.”

FireCompass prioritizes External Attack Surface Management efforts by first assessing the risk levels of existing attack surface areas, and then determining the most effective mitigation strategies for each. It then prioritizes the remediation of the highest-risk areas to reduce the overall attack surface. The process includes identifying and classifying attack surface assets, mapping the attack surface, analyzing and assessing risk, and implementing mitigation strategies. FireCompass also offers various advisories and recommendations to improve the effectiveness of attack surface management efforts.

  • – Strengthened cyber security posture: Continuous external attack surface management provides a comprehensive and continual picture of an organization’s external attack surface. This allows organizations to better identify and prioritize threats and vulnerabilities, and take proactive steps to address them.
  • – Enhanced visibility: Continuous monitoring of the external attack surface provides a greater visibility into an organization’s cyber security posture, allowing for more efficient and effective security operations.
  • – Improved compliance: By regularly assessing the external attack surface, organizations can ensure that their security measures comply with regulatory requirements and standards.
  • – Reduced attack surface: Continuous external attack surface management helps organizations identify and address weaknesses in their external attack surface, reducing the risk of a successful attack.
  • – Cost savings: By investing in a continuous external attack surface management process, organizations can save time and money by reducing the amount of manual labor required to scan and assess their attack surface.

An organization’s External attack surface management (EASM) refers to the processes, technology and managed services deployed to discover internet-facing enterprise assets/ systems and associated vulnerabilities like exposed servers, credentials, public cloud service misconfigurations, deep dark web disclosures that could be exploited by attackers.  On the other hand the internal attack surface represents everything inside an organization’s network that employees use.

FireCompass automates External Attack Surface Management by providing a centralized platform to identify and prioritize external attack surfaces and vulnerabilities. It uses machine learning and advanced analytics to continuously monitor and scan the external attack surfaces and identify potential threats. It also provides detailed reporting and analytics to help organizations gain better insights into their attack surface and take corrective actions accordingly. FireCompass also helps organizations to actively manage their external attack surface by providing patching advice, reporting, and remediation capabilities.

FireCompass helps reduce an attack surface by helping organizations identify and prioritize critical assets, such as applications, data, and systems that are candidates for removal or mitigation. By providing visibility into the attack surface, FireCompass can identify potential threats and vulnerabilities, as well as detect and alert users to suspicious activities. This helps organizations better understand their attack surface and focus resources on mitigating known risks. FireCompass also provides real-time visibility and insights into the attack surface, which can be used to create threat models and develop security strategies that are tailored to an organization’s specific needs.
FireCompass reduces cyber risk by providing a comprehensive risk assessment to organizations. It uses an AI-driven platform to identify risks and prioritize them based on their impact on the organization. It also provides actionable insights and recommendations for mitigating those risks. FireCompass helps organizations to identify and address cyber threats quickly and efficiently, reducing the risk of a security breach.

External Attack Surface Management can be an invaluable asset for small businesses. It can help them identify and mitigate potential risks to their online presence, allowing them to protect their customers’ data, their corporate data, and their intellectual property. This can also help small businesses remain up to date on the latest cybersecurity trends and technologies. Additionally, it can help them reduce their overall security costs as they can focus on preventing attacks instead of responding to them. Finally, it can help them ensure their compliance with industry standards and regulations.

  • – Asset discovery and inventory: Identifying and cataloging all assets connected to the network that could be a potential target for an attack.
  • – Network security: Establishing strong network security policies and procedures, including firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and access control.
  • – Vulnerability assessment: Assessing the security of all assets to identify weaknesses and potential attack vectors.
  • – Patch management: Installing, updating, and managing security patches and updates on assets.
    – Security monitoring: Monitoring network activity for suspicious or malicious activity.
  • – Incident response: Developing an incident response plan and practicing incident response procedures.
  • – Managing up and down: Providing metrics to risk owners and educating users and IT staff on security best practices.

External Attack Surface Management is a proactive approach to securing an organization’s external resources, such as websites, web applications, and cloud services. It involves scanning for potential vulnerabilities, monitoring for malicious activity, and responding quickly to any threats detected. Threat intelligence is information gathered from outside sources, such as hacker forums and dark web sources, to identify and anticipate potential threats. By leveraging threat intelligence, organizations can be better informed when it comes to external attack surface management, allowing them to proactively address potential threats before they become an issue.

External Attack Surface Management can be used to improve security posture by proactively identifying and addressing potential security vulnerabilities in external-facing systems, including web applications. This is done by scanning for known vulnerabilities, assessing current security controls, and conducting penetration tests. Additionally, external attack surface management helps organizations prioritize risk mitigation efforts by providing visibility into potential attack vectors, allowing organizations to focus their resources on the most critical risks. Finally, external attack surface management helps organizations stay up-to-date on the latest threats and trends, enabling them to better prepare for future attacks. In other words, it democratizes red teaming by distributing information to the entire organization.

  • – Malware Attack Scenarios: FireCompass can detect exposed services, URLs, and misconfigurations, helping to identify susceptibility to malware initial access.
  • – Web Application Attack Scenarios: FireCompass can detect sites for potential web application attacks, such as SQL injection, cross-site scripting, and malicious code injection.
  • – Exposed Services: FireCompass can detect and analyze exposed services, such as open ports and unpatched systems, which can be exploited by attackers.
  • – Data Breach Scenarios: FireCompass can detect and analyze data breaches, helping to identify data theft and credential leaks.
  • – Reputational Risk Scenarios: FireCompass can detect and analyze DNS records for reputational risks, such as brand misuse, phishing domains, and credentials leaks.
FireCompass helps organizations meet the requirements of red teaming and penetration testing to comply with specific standards such as PCI DSS, ISO 27001, and OSFI, FISMA, and HIPAA. FireCompass provides automated risk assessment and monitoring to identify potential security vulnerabilities in the IT environment in real-time, helping organizations quickly understand the impact of any changes or new technologies that are being implemented. FireCompass also provides an audit trail and reporting capabilities to ensure that any potential weaknesses are identified and remediated.

External Attack Surface Management works with endpoint security to identify, monitor, and protect all externally facing assets from external threats. This includes improper network placement, scanning for vulnerabilities, and patching any security holes in the systems exposed. Additionally, external attack surface management can be used to emulate external threat scenarios such as phishing attacks, malware injection, credential stuffing and web application attacks where endpoint controls may or may not be effective. The emulation of attacks can test these endpoint defenses before they are circumvented by attackers.

  • – Number and severity of external vulnerabilities detected and patched.
  • – Number of external assets correctly discovered and attributed.
  • – Number of unused or unmanaged domains eliminated
  • – Number of unused or unmanaged IPs eliminated
  • – Percentage reduction in “Shadow IT”
  • – Mean Time to resolution for external threats.
  • – Number or percentage of external systems regularly patched.
  • – Ratio of time spent on EASM tasks versus more valuable work.
  • – Number of Asset Scans performed on a quarterly/yearly basis.
  • – Percentage change in external attack surface.

Important Resources

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About FireCompass

FireCompass is a SaaS platform for Continuous Automated Red Teaming (CART) and External Attack Surface Management (EASM) that acts as an integral part of a good exposure management program. 

  • Single Platform for Attack Surface Management and Automated Penetration Testing & Red Team
  • Daily Risk Port Scanning & Adversary Emulation through multiple Attack Playbooks
  • Prioritized Risks with real-time alerts for faster detection and remediation

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