Managing threat exposure requires organizations to proactively monitor, evaluate, and reduce their risk. This involves deploying new technologies, optimizing existing processes, and educating staff. It’s a multifaceted task, but it’s an essential one. The goal is to bolster an organization’s readiness against a spectrum of threats, both known and emerging.

Unlike vulnerability management, which only analyzes vulnerabilities to determine potential risks, exposure management goes further to assess an attack surface beyond an organization’s network. This includes data assets, user identities, and cloud account configuration. The result is a holistic view of an attack surface that makes it harder for adversaries to perform attacks.

This proactive approach is key in today’s cyber threat landscape, which is dominated by stealthy activity. Attackers are increasingly leveraging covert methods to steal data and disrupt operations, including DDoS attacks that render target systems useless and demand a ransom payment. In the case of a DDoS attack, threat actors often use an organization’s own resources to attack it.

Exposure management also enables security teams to prioritize remediation efforts based on the likelihood of an attack and its impact. For example, if an attacker has access to sensitive information, the team can take steps to protect that asset by implementing security controls and educating employees on cybersecurity best practices.

To effectively communicate the details of their security posture to stakeholders, CISOs need tools that present exposure management information in language they can easily understand and interpret. That’s why Bitsight created solutions that provide a comprehensive, unconstrained view of the modern attack surface to better assess security gaps and enable continuous improvement in cyber risk management.