- Do you want to check your Cyber Exposure?
- Do you want to assess your organization’s Cyber Risk Posture?
- Do you worry about your organizations External Vulnerabilities?
- Would you like to see how a hacker sees your organization from the outside?
- You want to find out your Cyber Risks?
- You want to prevent a possible cyber attack?
If any of the above is what you are looking for, you’ve come to the right place.
Tictac Laboratories handles Cyber Exposure and Cyber Risk Assessment as part of our services for organizations of any size and even individuals.
Why somebody should care for their Cyber Exposure?
Through the digitization of everyday life, data and information is the new currency in the digital wallet and the new asset of individuals and businesses.
However, this Cyber Exposure entails risks, threats such as a new form of “robbery”:
- access to sensitive data and credentials
- “digital abduction” by hackers demanding ransom.
When something like that happens, we have to deal with it effectively through an assessment of the degree of exposure of an enterprise to cyber threats.
Depending on the score of ranking, the company has to develop:
- preparedness tactics
- appropriate Cyber Security policy
- continuous training and information of staff on cyber security issues
- fortify in every appropriate way its digital assets.
So what businesses can do is understand what makes them exposed, so they can minimize the risks it in the future.
In other words, the risk of information being breached or misused under the responsibility of an enterprise shapes its cyber exposure.
What are the cyber risks within an organization?
The cyber risks may include the following:
- financial damage
- copyright infringement
- violation of consumer protection
- privacy regulations
- Legal Implications
- GDPR Compliance fines
Hackers are looking for vulnerabilities to create their “step” on a system or network of an organization, in order to initiate a cyber attack.
Such vulnerabilities as the ones described above can even be:
- a system configuration issue
- unpatched systems
- missing updates
- software errors and bugs.
Cyber exposure may also be related to a Third Party (or client) who can claim that another business exposes him to danger by not protecting private or confidential information about him.
By assessing a business’s Cyber Exposure, we can essentially detect and explain the potential cyber risks and threats that a business – regardless of industry – may face.
The industries most exposed in cyberspace are Health, Retail, Manifacturing, Construction, Business Services and Communications.
Cyber Exposure Assessment: A prevention tool against cyber attack!
The assessment of a company’s Cyber Exposure is a prevention tool in order to select the appropriate Cyber Security Policy and to be prepared to minimize losses in the event of a cyber attack by malware and hacking.
In order to properly assess the degree of Cyber exposure of an enterprise, it should be checked, for example, whether there is non-essential sensitive data retained and stored without a specific purpose of use and without any benefit to the business.
Examples of other areas that need to be investigated and evaluated are:
- access rights for users
- remote access
- tracking computer system event logs.
In particular, sensitive information such as business plans and trade secrets, internal e-mails and meetings’ results and other confidential matters should be protected from unauthorized access and disclosure and may have legal consequences and penalties for anyone attempting to do so in a form of theft.
Also, the most common and popular way for hackers to access a system is through exposed credentials (e.g. username, password and their combinations), which have either been compromised or leaked and are often given for a fee.
Organizations and businesses by assessing the degree of Cyber Exposure can determine the degree of risk they are exposed to in order to avoid or deal more effectively with even cases of hackers breaking into their systems, which can lead to the shutdown of critical systems.
Through the evaluation of these areas of a business, automatically is determined which types of data are exposed and we end up with the CEI, the Cyber Exposure Index.
How we do it? (the process): What is CEI?
The process we follow in order to evaluate the possible Cyber Risk of a company is by estimating CEI.
The CEI Index (Cyber Exposure Index) is a new common tool for all countries and the methodology followed is also uniform everywhere.
It is based on data obtained from:
- available sources on the dark and deep
- web data sources showing the first signs of exposure to the risk of sensitive disclosures,
- exposed credentials
- hacker group activity against a company.
The risk is calculated using different variables, such as recognized passwords with clear text, hashed passwords, phishing target lists, hacker group target lists, source code, emails, and internal documents.
The findings are analyzed by artificial intelligence algorithms to identify risks and provide risk weights after the indications have been identified.
Unrecognized findings are not used to calculate a company’s exposure score.
Human-readable passwords are considered high risk, as a great majority of people will reuse their password as they are.
Hash passwords are considered medium-risk because they cannot be used directly.
Also, while people on a hacker target list are considered low risk, being a company on a target list is considered to be high risk, making them vulnerable with nearly.
Finally, we provide the company a Cyber Exposure score based on the identified risks, divided by the number of their employees for the last 12 months, and a detailed Report on the degree of Exposure to Cyberspace Risks is delivered.