In 2023, the global average cost of a data breach has reached $4.45 million. Beyond the immediate financial loss, there are long-term consequences such as reduced customer confidence, weakened brand value, and derailment of business operations.
In a world where the frequency and cost of data breaches are skyrocketing, organizations are facing a harsh reality: traditional cybersecurity measures may no longer cut it.
Against this backdrop, businesses must find ways to strengthen their measures to protect valuable data and critical assets. At the heart of this shift lies a key strategy: continuous monitoring.
Understanding Continuous Cybersecurity Security Monitoring
Continuous monitoring is a dynamic approach that consists of several methods to realize a multi-layered defense strategy. These techniques may include:
Unlike point-in-time assessments, which are similar to taking a picture of your security posture, continuous monitoring is like a 24/7 live stream. It actively searches for vulnerabilities, irregularities, misconfigurations, and potential threats, ensuring quick detection and response.
Continuous Security Monitoring for Web Applications
Protecting business applications should be a central part of any effective cybersecurity strategy. Not only are they a tempting target for cybercriminals, but they are also extremely difficult to protect. According to a recent reportbased on an analysis of 3.5 million enterprise assets, the majority (74%) of internet-exposed web apps that contain personally identifiable information (PII) are vulnerable to a cyberattack.
When it comes to protecting their web application, organizations often wrestle with a critical choice: a pen testing as a service (PTaaS) solution or the standard (periodic or ad-hoc) pen test. The choice depends on the specific needs of your organization. Both tools have their merits; it’s about aligning the tool to the task at hand, ensuring you’re always ahead of the cybersecurity game.
The Benefits of PTaaS
- In environments where apps are critical or handle sensitive data a PTaaS solution and its continuous monitoring is non-negotiable. It offers continuous protection against emerging vulnerabilities.
- On the budget front, PTaaS offers a predictable cost model, making it a cost-effective route to high-level security expertise.
- For organizations with limited security manpower, PTaaS fills the gap, providing robust support and direct access to security experts.
The Advantages of Standard Pen Testing
- For newer or smaller web apps, occasional reviews may be sufficient, which is where basic pen testing comes in.
- Have a one-time need, like a specific security verification? standard pen testing is your best bet. It is also better suited for tasks that focus on non-web assets, such as network infrastructure.
- If you’re strictly looking to verify known vulnerabilities, standard pen testing offers a focused, effective solution.
The Broad Landscape of Continuous Monitoring
Outpost24 identifies security gaps across your entire attack surface and helps you prioritize vulnerabilities to optimize your cybersecurity posture and reduce exposure.
- Outscan NX (RBVM): Vulnerability management with real-world threat intelligence to target remediation and reduce business risk.
- SWAT (PTaaS): Manual testing and automated scanning with access to security experts for your agile development cycles.
- Sweepatic (EASM): Attack surface detection and real-time monitoring with actionable views.
- Threat Compass (Cyber Threat Intelligence): Targeted and actionable intelligence for faster threat detection and incident response.
The digital age requires a rethinking of our cybersecurity paradigms. The rising costs and risks associated with data breaches make this clear: continuous security monitoring is not just an option, it is a necessity. Along with the above solutions, Outpost24 offers a strong toolkit to navigate this new cybersecurity landscape.