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Product Update: Attack Surface Scanning Brings Crucial External Perspective

ConnectSecure  |   Jun 9, 2023

Our cybersecurity platform for managed service providers (MSPs) is getting even stronger. With the addition of Attack Surface Scanning, you get a crucial external perspective for cyber threat detection.

Attack surface scanning, also known as attack surface analysis or mapping, is a proactive security measure used to identify and evaluate potential vulnerabilities in a network that could be exploited by threat actors. Akin to a burglar identifying unlocked doors and windows, the scan assumes the position of a threat actor searching for entry points to exploit sensitive data

As ConnectSecure CEO Peter Bellini puts it, "This important addition gives MSPs a 360-degree view from the inside out and the outside in. We’re identifying potential exploitable entry points and advising MSPs on how to harden that attack surface to prevent a breach."

Equipping Customers to Thrive Amid Rising Threats

Attack Surface Scanning is a strategic response to escalating cyber threats and indicative of our commitment to continuously enhance our suite of product features for complete asset protection. Last year, a staggering 83% of organizations experienced at least one data breach, according to IBM’s Data Breach Report. During that same time frame, Verizon reported that ransomware attacks matched the total number from the previous five years.

In essence, the "attack surface" of a system refers to all the different points (surface areas) where an unauthorized user (the attacker) can try to enter data to or extract data from an environment. This could include software, hardware, networks, and even people who can be manipulated into providing access to the system.

What the Attack Surface Scan Helps You Uncover

The new scan enables you to identify:

  1. Open ports: These are the communication endpoints for devices connected to the internet, and if left open, can allow unwanted entry.
  2. Targeted IP addresses: If a specific IP address is repeatedly targeted, it could indicate that a hacker is attempting to find a vulnerability.
  3. Compromised emails: Emails can be a significant source of risk, particularly with phishing attacks, where attackers trick users into giving up login details.
  4. Weak or compromised usernames and passwords: Weak or compromised credentials are a common way for attackers to gain unauthorized access.
  5. Suspicious subdomains: Attackers often use subdomains to trick users into thinking they're on a legitimate site so they'll provide their credentials.

This timely update won't require any additional investment from you. It will be integrated into the ConnectSecure platform as a standard feature, available from June onwards.

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