By Bill Minahan | January 6, 2020 | 4 Comments
What is an attack surface? Why is attack surface reduction important?
An attack surface is the total number of different points at which an unauthorized user could enter your IT environment.
In cyber security, an attack surface applies to any location at which a bad actor could enter or extract data from your network.
If your organization has a large attack surface, then it means there are many points at which hackers can access your network. Unfortunately, the larger your attack surface, the more likely your organization is to experience a data breach or security incident.
Likewise, the larger your attack surface, the less secure your corporate data and intellectual property.
A network with a strong cyber security posture should have very few controlled access points.
Attack surface reduction is a cyber security best practice. The objective of attack surface reduction is to limit the total number of access points an unauthorized user can enter to harm your network.
Specifically, this is done by using cyber security tools to minimize the places where your organization is vulnerable to cyber attacks.
Keeping the attack surface as small as possible is a basic security measure that every organization should be partaking in.
aNetworks, Inc. offers a free cyber security assessment tool designed for businesses. Specifically, it is a 10-minute-questionnaire that identifies any vulnerabilities in your network.
As a result, it is an effective first step for organizations looking to reduce their attack surface. Our tool is free and provides automatic results and insights into your organization’s cyber security.
Otherwise, you can schedule a meeting with one of our leading security analysts to start the conversation about attack surface reduction.