Curious about EASM? Here’s where to begin

Curious about EASM? Here’s where to begin


EASM touches nearly every corner of a strong cybersecurity posture. With solutions abound, we’ve handpicked H1 2022’s top articles on EASM.

It’s no secret that digital footprints are expanding at an unprecedented rate. Organizations today are evolving in the cloud, forming subsidiaries, transitioning to hybrid work environments and rely on third-party vendors more than ever before. Now, a majority of digital assets are located outside the traditional enterprise infrastructure — falling outside the immediate control of IT teams. 

All of this has led to a critical need for External Attack Surface Management (EASM) capabilities. Identified by Gartner among the top Security and Risk Management Trends in 2022, EASM is uniquely placed to monitor an organization’s entire digital footprint. EASM was defined in the Hype Cycle for Security Operations, 2021 Gartner Report as “the processes, technology and managed services deployed to discover internet-facing enterprise assets and systems and associated vulnerabilities.” 

EASM is the sum of all digital doorways into an enterprise, and is a critical asset of enterprise cybersecurity management. In addition to identifying known and unknown assets, it goes one step further – evaluating and analyzing assets to determine high risk or vulnerability, prioritizing based on this risk assessment and enabling thorough action plans to mitigate threat. Now, CISOs can use EASM for actionable insight into where further investment is needed to improve their overall security posture.  

As CISOs turn to EASM solutions to monitor their digital footprint, you may find yourself asking where to begin. We gathered a list of H1 2022 top articles on EASM’s role across security disciplines, trends and management.

Where is attack surface management headed?, HelpNet Security

Reactive cyber defense is a losing strategy. It’s something that’s been tolerated for many decades, but is now being left behind in favor of more proactive strategies. EASM is only the beginning of a notable shift toward an offensive—or proactive—security approach. As EASM becomes the norm, what’s next for the cybersecurity solution?

Cloud migration is in full swing: how to achieve security at every stage of adoption, Infosecurity Magazine

According to a Gartner report, over half of enterprise IT group spending that can transition to cloud, will transition to cloud, all as soon as 2025. This is problematic — 97% of cybersecurity companies assessed in a recent Reposify report found they hosted exposed assets in AWS cloud services. A cloudy future looms: CISOs must act now.

The hierarchy of cybersecurity needs: Why EASM is essential to any zero-trust architecture, HelpNet Security

The guiding principles of zero trust security require continuous validation at every stage of a digital interaction — internal or external. How can organizations validate something they don’t know is there?

Look for attack surface management to go mainstream in 2022, CSO Online 

Many organizations struggle to discover, classify, and manage Internet-facing assets, leaving them vulnerable to attack. As threats continue to rise, attack surface management enables companies to track their digital footprint in a way never possible before.

How are cyber insurance premiums calculated? It’s complicated, but EASM can provide clarity, CPO Mag

Ransomware attacks are on the rise. 2021 saw 1,885% increase in ransomware attacks on governments, according to the SonicWall 2022 Cyber Threat Report. Worldwide, ransomware attacks rose 105%, and 104% in North America alone. With companies at risk, cybersecurity insurance premiums have skyrocketed — offering little visibility into how these premiums are calculated, and who benefits. EASM can provide much needed clarity.

Taming the Digital Asset Tsunami, ThreatPost

Unchecked assets are a cybersecurity timebomb. It’s critical that companies thoroughly explore external attack surface soft spots tied to an ever-expanding number of digital assets companies too often struggle to keep track of and manage effectively.

How to keep your enterprise safe from digital supply chain attacks, Dark Reading

The digital supply chain is under attack like never before. Listed among the top seven security concerns for 2022 by Gartner, digital supply chain security is now top of mind for cybersecurity teams, CISOs, and the entire C-suite. For the first time, digital supply chain attacks are threatening business continuity for large-scale enterprises — it’s critical organizations be proactive in protecting them. The external attack surface is the first port of call.


Reposify is an attack surface management platform delivering autonomous 24/7 discovery of exposed assets across all environments and the supply chain. Leading enterprises worldwide use Reposify to gain unparalleled visibility of their internet-facing assets and actionable security insights for eliminating shadow IT risks in real-time


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