Strengthening your defenses is not something organizations can hope to achieve overnight. Given that, CTEM emerges as a lighthouse for organizations making their way through uncharted waters, guiding them through foggy seas of potential threats. Unlike traditional, episodic approaches to threat management, CTEM is about keeping the ship steady and course-correcting in real time.
CTEM is shaking things up and stepping away from the old-school, reactive game plan and leaning into a more proactive stance. With an eye on the digital scene around the clock, spotting those potential troublemakers (read: threats), and getting the lowdown on where your digital space might be a bit too open for comfort.
What sets CTEM apart from the usual run-of-the-mill threat handling is its layered defense strategy. It’s not just one trick up its sleeve; it’s a whole arsenal, from peering into vulnerabilities to having a game plan ready for when things go south. Each layer has its own role, but together, they form a tight security net.
Continuous threat exposure management by Gartner is a detailed framework with a step-by-step approach, tailored to meet the complex needs of today’s digital environments:
Automation is integral to the very concept of CTEM, significantly enhancing efficiency, reducing manual labor, and facilitating swift adaptation to emerging threats. Here’s an overview of its role across different stages:
With all its boons, CTEM automation also comes with a host of challenges. Key among these is the complexity of integrating automation tools with existing systems, particularly when dealing with legacy systems or varied technological environments. Equally critical is managing the automation to prevent a secrets sprawl, ensuring sensitive data isn’t excessively exposed due to automated processes. Additionally, there’s the issue of over-reliance on automation, which, while efficient for routine tasks, lacks the nuanced decision-making of human experts, making it essential to strike a balance between automated processes and human oversight.
The challenges listed above necessitate a thoughtful approach to implementing automation in CTEM, ensuring it complements rather than overshadows human expertise and adapts effectively to the dynamic threat landscape.
Entro seamlessly aligns with the CTEM process and enhances its effectiveness by providing end-to-end visibility into the lifecycle of secrets. It offers features like anomaly detection and misconfiguration alerts, thus reinforcing the discovery, prioritization, and validation pillars of CTEM. What’s more is that its non-intrusive, context-rich approach aids in identifying and managing threat exposure efficiently, making it a valuable tool for organizations aiming to strengthen their cybersecurity posture. Click here to know more.
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