Get ahead of cybercriminals with extended security posture management

The COVID-19 pandemic may have started in 2020, but we are still reeling from its effects in 2021. As businesses and various organizations have struggled to stay afloat as they are hit by the negative effects of the pandemic, cybersecurity teams are also facing their own problems. significant challenges.

On the one hand, the shift to working from home or working remotely for many companies has put a lot of pressure on the IT department as they attempt to configure and maintain the office network for remote access by. employees working from many different locations. But another big challenge for the IT team – which in itself can also be caused by the pandemic – is the significant increase in the activity of malicious actors and cybercriminals.

A recent report published online found that in 2021, ransomware attacks increased by an alarming 148%. This dramatic increase in attacks has been attributed directly to the pandemic, as more people are now working from home. Attackers know that there are now more exposed vulnerabilities and potential entry points into networks due to the large number of users accessing office networks remotely.

Another reason for the dramatic increase in attacks is the fact that hacking tools are now so readily available and easily accessible. There is even a growing industry of tools that take advantage of zero-day exploits to access organizations’ IT infrastructure. It’s a lucrative business, given that zero-day exploits can be worth as much as $ 1 million or even more in the open market.

With the alarming increase in malicious actors now operating for the sole purpose of taking advantage of networks to steal data, one thing is for sure. Cybersecurity must be strengthened.

Fortunately, while hackers work hard with their malicious intentions, the good guys are also hard at work trying to thwart them. That’s why it’s great news for security experts around the world that Extended Security Posture Management (XSPM) services are now available. This is a huge benefit for IT professionals.

Extended security posture management to the rescue

Hackers will always try to get one step ahead of security teams as this is their only advantage to be successful in their criminal activities. But security teams are also unwilling to give them this advantage, hence the continued development of security tools to help teams secure their organizations.

XSPM’s role is simple: determine an organization’s security posture, then make recommendations to strengthen it. XSPM provides a level of validation that goes beyond what other services currently offer.

For example, two very common tools currently in use are automated testing during the development part of the application lifecycle. Another is penetration testing services. But these two tools have significant shortcomings. The former provides continuous testing, but it is not a complete process. The latter, on the other hand, provides comprehensive test protocols but does not constantly test the network.

XSPM leverages the benefits of automated testing and penetration testing while correcting their shortcomings. It is a management platform that can provide various functionalities that the cybersecurity team will need to ensure the continued security of the network. For example, it will have analytics, information, automation, integration, all of which are controlled in an intuitive dashboard. The beauty of XSPM is that it can offer a level of flexibility that will allow it to be used regardless of business requirements and the maturity of the skill levels of the cybersecurity team that uses it.

The most valuable feature of XSPM is that it provides true end-to-end validation, which can already be considered a requirement if you need to really secure your network. This validation process is built around four distinct functionalities that work together.

Attack surface management

The ASM tools of the Extended Security Posture Management platform will scan various network Internet assets (domains, subdomains, ports, IP addresses) and then look for vulnerabilities it might host. All of these work with open source vulnerability intelligence and prioritization technology not only to assess vulnerabilities, but also to gain valuable data that will help them determine which vulnerabilities detected need to be prioritized.

Continuous Automated Red Teaming (CART)

The Continuous Automated Red Teaming tools included in XSPM work as a pseudo-attacker. It will attempt to enter the organization’s system by assessing the vulnerabilities and then deploying various attack campaigns on the vulnerabilities found on the network. If the simulated attack is successful, then it will begin to spread throughout the network to search for data or other assets. It is an effective investigation tool that cleans the network, looking for vulnerabilities without damaging the system.

Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS)

Breach and Attack Simulation, on the other hand, will mount various simulated attacks. The XSPM will then verify that the data is generated by the attack and then compare it to existing security checks on the network. From there, a mitigation report is then generated. This is an essential step in the process as it helps optimize system security controls.

Advanced Purple Team

These tools create custom scenarios to simulate attacks on the system. This step is done in order to create incident response playbooks, help run a well-implemented security assurance procedure, and also find threats.

The custom scenario generated by Advanced Purple Teaming is based on the MITER ATT & CK framework, a known knowledge base of all adversarial tactics used by malicious actors in the real world. This means that the scenarios generated by the Advanced Purple Teaming tools are actually based on real world tactics and techniques used by hackers.

XSPM provides cybersecurity teams with the most advanced tools to stay ahead of hackers and shut down all potential entry points before they even attempt to enter the network. It’s no wonder that companies are starting to shift from pre-XSPM security methods due to the robustness of the platform for network protection.


Hackers are determined to wreak havoc in the network of organizations in order to steal valuable information, cause harm and earn ill-gotten profits. But as hacking incidents increase, security companies are also trying to get a head start on these malicious players by developing better security platforms like XSPM to help protect networks and strengthen their security. .

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