The Importance of Cybersecurity Asset Management in 2022

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In March we published The 2022 State of Cyber Assets Report to share how the proliferation of software-defined assets has changed the topology of attack surface management and security best practices. We were blown away by the results and the response from the security community. 

 

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According to the 2022 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, "Supply chain was responsible for 62% of System Intrusion incidents this year." Now more than ever, it's critical that businesses invest in cybersecurity asset management to protect their assets and their business from cyber attacks.

 

The State of Cyber Assets Report, at a Glance

The JupiterOne research team analyzed cyber asset inventories and user queries in our Cyber Asset Attack Surface Management (CAASM) platform. The results included more than 372 million security findings from almost 1,300 organizations, including enterprise, midsize, and small businesses. In the report, we uncovered that the average security team is responsible for more than 165,000 unique cyber assets, including cloud workloads, devices, applications, network assets, data assets, and users.

According to a similar study, the 2021 (ISC)2 Workforce Study, "on average, there will be 0.106 cybersecurity professionals per single U.S. business entity. For every 100,000 U.S. business establishments, we expect approximately 10,600 cybersecurity professionals."

What's even more concerning than the sheer volume of cybersecurity assets is that most security teams don't have the resources to manage their assets effectively.

The takeaway is clear: Businesses are in trouble if they don't invest in cybersecurity asset management as part of their security strategy.

 

What is Cybersecurity Asset Management? 


Cybersecurity asset management is the ability to continuously identify and monitor all of the assets that your organization owns from a centralized repository. This complete inventory enables you to discover any potential security risks or gaps that impact each asset, and take immediate action to investigate or remediate the issues. 

As more companies embrace the cloud, the threat landscape expands exponentially. To stay secure, you need to understand and have visibility into all the cyber assets across all of your environments. 

Check out The Cyber Asset Attack Surface Management (CAASM) Guide for more details including example use cases and additional benefits.

 

Why is Cybersecurity Asset Management Important?

As more enterprises and technologies shift towards cloud-native, software-defined, and everything-as-a-service, it will profoundly impact security practitioners around the globe. This cloud-first shift is resulting in massive growth in both the size of the enterprise attack surface and the volume of attacks.

If we look back at the research, the average security team is responsible for 165,633 cyber assets according to The 2022 State of Cyber Assets Report. These assets include everything from cloud hosts, devices, applications, users, networks, data, and vulnerability findings. 

 

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How is any security team supposed to manage this ever-expanding attack surface? With cybersecurity asset management, this becomes possible.

Everything that your teams own, connect to, or deploy in production is an asset that could be vulnerable to a breach or attack. In order to combat this you have to be able to answer two basic security questions on a daily basis:

  1. What do I have across my digital environment and infrastructure?
  2. Where am I vulnerable?

If you can answer these questions in less than a few minutes then you're ahead of the game. If not, think about the tools, resources, and processes your team needs to add to be able to answer these questions.

If you're manually searching your environment looking at multiple data points across numerous tools and platforms, and it takes your team hours, days, or weeks, then you're leaving yourself open to risk.

 

JupiterOne: Solving Cybersecurity Asset Management

So how can you get critical insights into your cybersecurity assets faster?

The answer is simple: invest in and integrate cybersecurity asset management into your security strategy and workflows. If you continuously monitor and understand what you have across your entire cyber asset ecosystem, you will improve your overall security hygiene, decrease your attack surface, and in turn decrease potential risks to your business. 

JupiterOne can help you solve cybersecurity asset management by helping your teams:

  • Gain complete inventory and visibility across all your assets
  • Query across your entire environment and tech stack data 
  • Identify the scope of vulnerabilities and gaps in security controls
  • Accelerate incident response and remediate issues with complete asset context

 

Here's how we've helped our some of our customers achieve success:

  • Esper achieved complete cloud asset visibility and immediate compliance coverage. Prior to JupiterOne, Esper had a $0 compliance budget and had a slow and manual process to achieve their compliance needs. In less than two weeks after deploying JupiterOne, Esper became PCI compliance ready and completely accelerated their desired timeline and goals. JupiterOne's CAASM platform gave Esper's cybersecurity and compliance team complete visibility across their dynamic cloud environment and mapped changes against compliance controls.
    Check out Esper's full story here.
  • Databricks leverages JupiterOne as the foundation and core of everything in their security operations. JupiterOne has become the starting point for everything the Databrick's SecOps team in their workflows. Previously, they had no understanding of what cloud assets existed across their environment; with a starting point of complete visibility. For example, with JupiterOne, Databrick's gained increased security and complete visibility into all of their cloud assets and services including vulnerable S3 buckets. Another example includes JupiterOne accelerating all of their discovery and remediation workflows. Because of the transient nature of many of the cloud assets, the Databricks team uses JupiterOne as a critical tool during their incident response and triage process. For example, if someone reports that an IP address owned by Databricks has security concerns, the SecOps team can simply query the JupiterOne graph and understand who should own and manage, and will triage the vulnerable asset. JupiterOne's insights boosts confidence in our incident response process.
    Check out Databrick's full story here.
  • Auth0 fast-tracked SecOps workflows by centralizing their cloud assets, configurations, and vulnerabilities into a single platform. JupiterOne's centralized asset inventory, graph view, and powerful querying features enabled Auth0's security engineering team to improve their overall cloud security and asset management posture. For example, Auth0's team was able to ask complex questions of their cloud environment instantly and augmented their vulnerability scans to aggregate and de-duplicate findings against cloud assets.
    Check out Auth0's full story here.

 

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Book a demo with us today and see how JupiterOne can make a difference to your business today!

Jennie Duong
Jennie Duong

Director of Product Marketing at JupiterOne. Eternal cynic and privacy advocate. Prior to JupiterOne, Jennie spent the past three years living, traveling, and working abroad across 25+ countries. She consulted and advised for several B2B cybersecurity and cloud startups.

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