Visibility Beyond the Network Perimeter

June 8, 2022 | 2 min read


Cybercriminals are relentless – if they can’t get in the front door, they’ll just go around back. Unfortunately the threats don’t just come from the outside – your employees are one click away from unknowingly giving away their credentials via phishing attempts, spoofed domains and other fraud campaigns. With the continuation of remote and hybrid work, organizations’ attack surfaces are larger than ever, requiring a different approach to security.

A Changing Cybersecurity Landscape

Cybersecurity cannot operate in a vacuum – many of today’s common attacks are often tied to social and marketplace influences, often leaning on current events to trick users into giving away sensitive information. By viewing security in the context of the larger business environment, teams can start to see how current events may impact certain threats.

One important area of focus is the hybrid workplace. Today, there are more devices than ever to keep track of, leaving security teams with less visibility and diminished control over endpoints. Add to this an increased reliance on gig workers, freelancers and third-party vendors, and an organization’s attack surface just got a lot bigger. In addition to hybrid work, a majority of consumers now make multiple ecommerce purchases each week – from groceries to clothing – using various apps that unfortunately have glaring security vulnerabilities. In fact, 92% of apps by online retailers actively leak sensitive data.

A Major Security Advantage

Despite the growing list of security concerns we know about – and many we don’t – cybersecurity teams have a major advantage on malicious actors. While the attack surface may seem large, your internal security team knows it well and can benefit from taking a proactive approach to detecting and remediating vulnerabilities. Using digital risk protection to ensure that proper security precautions are in place means organizations can more effectively spot weak points in their environment.

One of the most effective ways to make this shift is by using threat intelligence to find infrastructure vulnerabilities. Start by conducting an attack surface evaluation, which offers an objective appraisal of your security posture and any vulnerabilities. Next, find and lock down leaked digital assets across the web. This can help minimize the damage of attacks that have already happened, and help security teams anticipate threat actor movement and activity. Even if some dark web forums provide less useful information over time, teams can still gain insights into criminal activity via threat data. Finally, with extended visibility and control beyond the network perimeter, security teams can monitor sources across the clear, deep, and dark web to look for emerging threats.

Digital Risk Protection

Threat actors are constantly looking for openings in your company’s perimeter. However, that’s no reason to sit back and wait for them to breach your defenses. Digital Risk Protection means monitoring far beyond your organization’s environment to watch for threats such as account takeover, data leakage, or damaging brand or reputation attacks. By staying proactive, you can help keep your employee credentials and other sensitive information off the dark web, protecting your digital assets and your brand.

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