Cyber asset attack surface management (CAASM) is the process of identifying and assessing the vulnerabilities and weaknesses of an organization's digital assets, including hardware, software, networks, and data. The goal of this process is to understand the potential attack vectors that cybercriminals could exploit to compromise the security of an organization's assets and data.
In simpler terms, attack surface management involves identifying all the possible entry points or weak spots that a cyber attacker could use to gain access to an organization's sensitive information, and then taking steps to secure those entry points.
CAASM typically involves a combination of manual and automated techniques, including vulnerability scanning, penetration testing, and threat modeling. By regularly conducting attack surface management, organizations can proactively identify and address potential security risks before they can be exploited by cybercriminals.
Cyber asset attack surface management solutions work with existing security tools to aggregate all this collected information into a unified, central view supported by visualizations and other analytical capabilities.