The Importance of IT Asset Management to Cybersecurity
In the rapidly changing world of technology, your IT assets are as valuable as the financial and physical assets, if not more, as commerce evolves in a digital world.
It is almost impossible to protect something without knowing whether it exists or not. Adhering to certain cybersecurity asset management best practices in areas such as asset discovery, security, governance, policies, processes, metrics, and reporting will improve business and security risks posture. It also allows you to track IT resources lifecycle trends and identify areas where time and money can be saved.
Categorization of IT Assets:
IT Assets can be software or hardware owned by the organization. As we were aware, using these assets can be more or less dependent on the workload. These can be split into different sections. For example:
IT Asset Customary Process:
While installing several assets in Organizations, compartmentalization of these will be of two types: intranet (a private network) and extranet (intranet that is accessible to people from outside the organization). Few are below
Since each team in the organization acquires different assets based on their customary works, due to the time limits of their projects completions or snubbing the used assets after usage or so forth reasons, this could lead to complexity in maintaining assets and could be entry doors to cyber security threats.
There are activities involved in the process of managing cybersecurity for assets, while IT assets and security risks come in many forms, the exact nature of cybersecurity asset management varies from organization to organization, depending on the types of assets involved. Here are some aspects of the process for a typical business.
Securing these Assets on twofold activities helps in evolving the security posture.
- Device discovery and protection: Helps assess security vulnerabilities for each endpoint in the network by enabling the team to take immediate action to resolve issues, such as segmentation of endpoints
- Vulnerability Management: Helps identify, assess, remediate, and reporting on security vulnerabilities in systems and the software running on a device
- Cloud Security: Modern clouds are complex, multi-layered environments comprised of a range of services and types of resources. It involves identifying vulnerable cloud assets and resources due to misconfigurations and non-standard implementation or lack of access control.
- Incident response: Plays a role in providing the information the Incident Response (IR) team needs to determine and remediate.
- Policy Enforcement: If an organization’s resource violates a security policy, cybersecurity asset management enables rapid problem identification and resolution. Whenever new devices are attached to the network that matches a specific device profile with an active policy, they are automatically protected.
That’s why Cyber Security Asset management is essential in all the Levels of Asset lifecycle, which enables to
- Keep track of all the known and unknown assets located in different locations
- Enrichment of existing assets with hand-operated tags, which can be used for upgraded/installations/requisitions
- Helps in identify, manage threats, and improve compliance
- Able to identify the fraudulent selling of company-owned assets
- Helps in reconfiguring and eliminating the unknown assets
- Ready to create your customized policies from prevention of cyber threats
With Syberzen BlueSky (External Threat Attack Surface), the cybersecurity assets and threat management service will help in identifying and remediating vulnerabilities in Extranet Assets and improve the organization’s cybersecurity posture, ensuring better business continuation.
Few BlueSky Features
- Helps to regularly track and maintain assets around the world.
- Notify the cyber threat Intelligence feeds across owned assets
- Deep / Dark Web investigations for Reputation tenacities
- Provides the BlueSky Risk Severity and Risk Score
- Helps with Recommended Remediation for all the identifications of threats
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