A recent global cybersecurity study from ThoughtLab set out to examine how businesses and governments can protect themselves in the emerging risk and threat landscape, identifying cybersecurity leaders from the survey group as those with the fewest number of breaches and the quickest time to respond and mitigate.
One of the standout conclusions from the study was that those organizations identified as leaders consistently took a risk-based approach to cybersecurity, conducting scenario analysis, focusing on attack surface visibility and context, attack simulation, and network path analysis.
You can’t measure what you can’t see
Many organizations rightly conclude that the key to taking a risk-based approach is to build a picture of their entire network environment, adopting the very sensible maxim that “you can’t measure what you can’t see”.
The challenge is that this means building a unified view, across the entire technology estate. Doing this using static network scans and manual procedures is time-consuming and error-prone. It’s also a high-risk strategy in a world where infrastructure is constantly evolving. Consequently, organizations often struggle to understand and visualize the complete topology of their hybrid network and correctly assess the exposure of their critical assets.
Build a dynamic network model
The solution is to build a dynamic network model of the organization’s unique hybrid environment. Skybox Security’s Security Posture Management Platform gives organizations the capability to build an extensive model of their unique hybrid environment, including all the firewalls, routers, servers, and workstations.
This model is continuously updated, incorporating customer scan data and proprietary threat intelligence feeds from the Skybox Research Lab. It enables organizations to build a risk-based approach to their cybersecurity performance, conducting path analysis, performing attack simulations, analyzing network configuration, verifying proper network segmentation, assessing security controls, and highlighting broken paths.
Fill in modeling gaps automatically
Skybox builds and maintains the network model automatically but sometimes it can be difficult to incorporate all network devices into the model. Outsourced devices or organizational silos may render it impossible for the Skybox users to access the routing tables of all network devices that should be scoped in the model.
One of the biggest challenges to model health is a “missing next hop” scenario. In a fragmented model with missing next hops, security practitioners cannot perform rudimentary tasks such as access analysis, important for demonstrating continuous compliance with corporate and regulatory frameworks.
Accelerate time to value
Skybox’s new network model booster addresses this challenge by automatically filling in the missing modeling gaps to ensure model completeness and analytics correctness.
The model booster is a critical step for organizations to overcome organizational silos and restore model health. Using the model booster, organizations can accelerate the time to value, gaining an accurate picture of their attack surface within hours and building a truly risk-based approach to cybersecurity.