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Automated Breach and Attack Simulation: Why Enterprises Need It?

By CIOReview | Friday, August 28, 2020

Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS) platforms allow enterprises to continually and consistently simulate the full attack cycle against enterprise infrastructure.

FREMONT, CA: Cyberattacks have evolved dramatically in the past decades IN capabilities, scope, and number of targets. The damages from cybercrime are reaching all-time highs, and it looks that this will only increase. Since the risk of being attacked is so high, enterprises are looking to boost their security posture. Traditional ways of testing include scanning for vulnerabilities that are already exploited by cybercriminals. For improved defense, enterprises are starting to turn to Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS) platforms, which test security on an automated and continual basis. Read on to know more.

BAS is a new concept that helps enterprises evaluate their security posture in a continuous, automated, and repeatable method. This allows for the identification of imminent threats, offers recommended actions, and produces key metrics about cyber-risk levels. Breach and attack simulation is a fast-growing within the cybersecurity space, and it delivers significant advantages over conventional security evaluation methods, such as penetration testing and vulnerability assessments.

What makes BAS special is its ability to offer continuous and consistent testing at limited risk and that it can be leveraged to alert business stakeholders about existing gaps in the security posture or validate that security infrastructure, configuration settings, and prevention technologies are operating as needed. BAS can also help in validating if security operations and the security staff can identify specific attacks when used as a complement to penetration testing exercises. BAS lets enterprises test deeply for flaws in controls in advance of deployment. In this way, the platform simulates continuously and automatically cyber-attacks and highlights where the security team needs to focus their protection efforts.

The attackers move laterally and silently through networks. The best practice is to be on the offensive, constantly probing for vulnerabilities and evidence that attackers are moving around your network.

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