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Why Lansweeper Is Uniquely Positioned for CAASM

5 min. read
20/10/2022
By Lucia Dochita
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As decision-makers beef up their budgets for cybersecurity tools, many have their eye on Cyber Asset Attack Surface Management (CAASM) solutions – and for good reason. Providing connectivity for remote workers, enabling more mobility and supporting digital transformation has required IT teams to deploy and protect more devices and software than ever before. As such, the attack surface is expanding rapidly as organizations build out their technology infrastructure to accommodate new business needs.

What is Cyber Asset Attack Surface Management? How can you manage the growing Attack Surface?

Meanwhile, cybercriminals are becoming increasingly adept at circumventing traditional security measures. The combination of a larger attack surface and savvier cybercriminals means IT security teams have their work cut out for them: Cybercrime has increased by 600% since the onset of the pandemic and, by 2025, will cost companies worldwide about $10.5 trillion annually.

But before a CAASM strategy can be executed, IT teams must know what devices they need to protect. Unfortunately, about 70% of organizations don’t know what assets they have. There are several reasons for this.

1. A changing IT landscape

Today’s enterprise technology estate comprises a wide variety of assets – IT, IoT, Operational Technology (OT), cloud assets, and virtual machines. IoT devices in the homes of remote workers are prime targets for cybercriminals who use them to tunnel into enterprise networks. 

2. Outdated inventories

With the IT estate rapidly expanding, manually tracking assets across the enterprise won’t cut it anymore. Spreadsheets are outdated as soon as they’re complete. Between security and performance issues and putting out fires, it’s impossible to manually keep your inventory complete, accurate, and up-to-date.

3. Shadow IT

Instead of waiting for the busy IT department to fill a request, departments may take it upon themselves to install and use unsanctioned assets. This results in a lot of network-connected assets that aren’t known by IT and thus aren’t protected and could be susceptible to an attack.

4. Data silos

Inventories are often created for individual use cases, like a data migration, a compliance audit, or some other scenario. This leads to a lot of isolated silos with duplicate work and inconsistencies between data sources. Lansweeper believes  IT Asset Management should be a scenario-independent endeavor, with the goal of creating a single source of truth.

These challenges inhibit organizations from having full visibility across the IT estate – or protect it from an attack.

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Why Lansweeper for CAASM

Lansweeper is uniquely positioned for effective CAASM -as evidenced by a recommendation by Gartner – because it takes a different approach than other solutions. 

Full Visibility, No Agents or Credentials Needed

Lansweeper combines an agentless deep scanning engine with credential-free device recognition (CDR) technology to automatically and continuously discover and recognize all IT assets across your infrastructure, eliminating manual data collection. Thanks to a variety of deployment options, Lansweeper can easily support distributed deployments and networks and remote devices. Thanks to centralized management and reporting capabilities you can manage your entire attack surface no matter how dispersed.

From servers and desktops to laptops, VMs, OT, IoT, shadow and rogue devices, user data, and all of the software and operating systems that run on the network, Lansweeper detects and identifies them in minutes. You don’t have to install an agent on any device to get started, and Lansweeper is fast and easy to implement and works flawlessly, without needing credentials. 

More timely, Accurate Data

Unlike other CAASM solutions that must ingest IT asset data from various sources which may or may not be accurate, Lansweeper extracts asset data from the “bare metal.” Because the data is more reliable and accurate, results improve, security teams can uncover all vulnerabilities – outdated or unpatched software, encryption issues, weak passwords, misconfigurations and more – and gain immediate access to the information they need to fix potential issues and reduce risk.

Better insights

With Lansweeper, you can visualize and analyze data easily, using pre-build dashboards or customizing your own. You can also share findings easily by leveraging built-in or custom reporting features, or by integrating Lansweeper with Power BI, for a complete 360-degree view of the technology estate. 

The Risk Insights feature gives you a complete overview of all vulnerabilities threatening your assets, Drawn from the NIST, CISA, and MS databases. Additional information on the severity, patch availability, and which systems are at risk allows you to make your own assessments and prioritize accordingly. Visualize your IT estate in network diagrams to easily locate compromised devices in your network and see their connections and dependencies.

Seamless integrations

Lansweeper is open and interoperable by design, which means you can integrate it with other systems across your tech stack, including CMDB, ITSM, SIEM, and SOAR tools. It can also aggregate the technology asset data from various sources, creating one single source of truth. Not only does this eliminate data silos, it cuts operational overhead and simplifies complex investigations. Plus, Lansweeper data can be leveraged across all of those business-critical tools to satisfy data needs for various use cases.

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Lansweeper for Cyber Asset Attack Surface Management

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