Many IT and security teams struggle to acquire the necessary insight into all assets, which makes it more difficult to secure them. CAASM (Cyber Attack Surface Management) solutions play a significant role are designed to address the asset visibility issue.
Companies can better view their cyber assets with Cyber Attack Surface Management (CAASM). Through API integration, an organization can aggregate external and internal assets. It queries them and then closes security holes while improving security control.
Businesses are paying attention because it goes beyond the containerized approach to security and gives them a comprehensive view of everything they manage in their network. It decreases the risk of human error by automating data collection and helps businesses move away from less comprehensive in-house solutions.
CAASM can close gaps caused by missing or outdated data and provide visibility into a company’s security tool coverage. It enhances security hygiene by ensuring that all security measures are effective across the board.
In fact, Gartner recognized Cyber Asset Attack Surface Management (CAASM) as an emerging technology in its 2021 Gartner Hype Cycle for Security Operations.
Hurdles to full adoption
CAASM is maturing, but there are still significant roadblocks in the way of full market saturation.
Resistance to new tools
Some businesses may look at CAASM and see their current tools. For networks with adjacent processes and technologies that do identical tasks, the cost and time to adoption may appear exorbitant.
The driving force behind CAASM must be understood by businesses. The ability to remediate flaws and eliminate human error is possible with a single view of all apps and APIs, including those outside of IT control.
Stockpiles of large assets
Large organizations with millions of assets may find these products prohibitively expensive if they are licensed under “assets consumed.” Companies that provide these services will have a huge challenge in the future.
However, as the industry evolves, more cost-effective solutions may emerge that take into account the weight of accessing assets in such large quantities.
Scalability and tools are currently limited
Businesses may have difficulty scaling CAASM and finding tools that integrate with it because it is so new. Access may also be restricted by integration teams.
The good news is that being on Gartner’s hype cycle encourages businesses to address both of these issues. As the cycle progresses, businesses interested in adopting these measures should keep an eye out for new resources.
Addressing CAASM challenges
Companies interested in investing in this new technology should first define their major objectives in order to better direct their investments. Companies may, for example, determine that gaining visibility into all assets is the primary goal of spending. Others may come to the conclusion that the ultimate goal is increased automation capability. Those clear guidelines can make any new technology easier to embrace.
Companies can also do themselves a favour by inventorying all APIs in use to ensure that their CAASM provider can access them all. Before starting, organizations can double-check that they have all of the necessary accounts and access points in place to avoid integration delays.
Moreover, businesses can extend inventory to any current vendors. They can find out if there is a roadmap for future CAASM integration capabilities by asking vendors about their future plans.
Extending usage beyond IT security teams—to everyone involved in management, compliance, or system administration—might be the most important factor in a company’s full acceptance. CAASM isn’t designed to be used only by core IT departments. It works because it gives all stakeholders in a company’s digital assets visibility and feedback.