It is well-known that most companies utilize various network equipment, databases, applications, and domains and that these IT properties often operate under a myriad of IP addresses and ports. Hackers with malicious intent, with this knowledge, begin their methods of infiltration by searching for open ports and targeting servers with severe security vulnerabilities. This has made Attack Surface Management (ASM) investment critical for all companies, especially given that modern IT assets are far more dispersed compared to their older counterparts. Popular utilization of cloud storages, corporate divisions/subsidiaries and mergers give hackers myriad potential and possibilities of infiltrating corporate assets.

 

 

Image representation of a complex & exposed attack surface

Image representation of a complex & exposed attack surface

Criminal IP (https://www.criminalip.io) provides extensive intelligence services regarding online IT assets. Clients can use the API system provided to access their company’s IT assets and integrate multiple cloud security tools, vulnerability management systems into one administrative system. However, companies often have difficulty monitoring IT assets or integrating existing security systems with API alone due to various reasons, chiefly due to a lack of manpower.

Criminal IP’s new product, Risk Management Report (RMR), does an admirable job in alleviating these issues. By allowing users to view their visualized data at a glance, with no manual input needed from the user, this service does great in managing corporate IT assets while assessing threat intelligence levels with RMR’s state-of-the-art Attack Surface Management capability.

Criminal IP RMR’s Automated ASM Dashboard

Criminal IP RMR’s Automated ASM Dashboard

Why Do We Need to Monitor Our Attack Surface?

While popular portrayal of hackers in media are those motivated by single intent and target, the truth is that most attackers do not set predetermined targets for infiltration. In fact, the first step that most malicious hackers take is to collect attack surface information from various companies to search for vulnerable entities to prey on. Once they find exploitable assets on an attack surface, that is where they begin scouting for a specific attack point. Therefore, it is imperative to find vulnerable exposure points before malicious hackers and preventing your company’s assets from being a target in the first place.

hacker's Attack Process

hacker’s Attack Process

Criminal IP is dedicated to global, real-time monitoring of all IP addresses and ports. Using extensively scanned data, Criminal IP RMR displays external linked assets through a comprehensive dashboard to help identify attack surface assets before they become targets for exploitation.

A list of internet assets monitored with Criminal IP

A list of internet assets monitored with Criminal IP

Finding and Eliminating Vulnerable Assets on Attack Surfaces

The overarching objective that Criminal IP RMR aims to achieve lies in reducing the number of vulnerable assets on attack surfaces. Since the ideal avenues of attack for hackers can be found in sensitive yet neglected assets, often acting as open ports ripe for infiltration, it is imperative to identify attack surface assets and remove them as soon as possible.

Example screen of of a vulnerable open port detected to be at risk of becoming a critical

Example screen of of a vulnerable open port detected to be at risk of becoming a critical

Example screen of Criminal IP’s automated scans identifying neglected and unidentified assets

Example screen of Criminal IP’s automated scans identifying neglected and unidentified assets

Managing Vulnerabilities and Certificates to Prevent Leaking and Abusing Corporate Assets

Attack surfaces are not only limited to vulnerable ports and sensitive applications; domain certificates, leaked/forged/exploited corporate assets, and CVEs can also be considered as a major part of the attack surface. Therefore, Criminal IP RMR, along with its open port scanning technology, also includes features such as a comprehensive overview of all vulnerabilities such as IP addresses, domains, certificates, applications etc., providing the quickest and easiest way to manage your attack surface in one user-friendly dashboard.

Criminal IP RMR’s extensive features

Criminal IP RMR’s extensive features

For a practical demonstration in how Criminal IP’s Threat Intelligence Data is used to manage your attack surfaces comprehensively, a free demo application is currently available for those interested.


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