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Attack surface analysis and management

Uncover your digital footprint like a hacker would and reduce application attack surface with quantified risk scoring

Mapping your web application attack surface

External facing applications provide crucial revenue streams and are a main source for connecting you with your customer base. However, they can become a source of exploitation for hackers if they contain vulnerabilities. With application development evolving at high speed, security teams must understand the attack vectors that hackers could use to enter the system.

Our web application threat assessment tool is the only solution to provide continuous visibility of your attack surface and a risk scorecard to pinpoint potential security flaws in your application ecosystem. The tool enables organizations to visualize their risk exposure against the most common entry points in application attacks and highlight risk areas that require immediate attention or further risk assessment. 

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Common attack vectors evaluated by Scout

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Security mechanisms 

Using HTTP websites without encryption and unsecured redirects can expose your sensitive data to hackers and lead to credential stuffing. Identify if correct authentication exists and apply restriction controls to prevent unauthorized access

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Page creation method

Developing a website with insecure code means there are more potential vulnerabilities to exploit. Scout locates where out of date code languages and vulnerable components in your application exist helping you ensure a secure release

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Degree of distribution

The sheer number of application pages are a breeding ground for exploitable vulnerabilities. Easily identify every page interlinking every domain to uncover potential entry points for hacker exploits

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Authentication is the process of verifying the identity of a user accessing your application. Restricting access to sensitive data is critical to keeping the bad guys out and reducing your application risk

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Input vectors

The attack surface increases with the number of different input fields you have on a web application and can lead to a range of Cross Site Scripting attacks if these are left unaddressed before production

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Active content technologies

When an application runs scripts the content becomes active. You need to know if your web app has been developed using vulnerable and outdated active content technologies to prevent potential attacks

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Cookies are an essential security control for real time website security by monitoring session activity and ensuring anyone who sends requests to your website are authorized and keeps hackers away

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Open ports

Usage of HTTP port 80 rather than the more secure HTTPS port 443 makes your application susceptible to unauthorized access. It’s important for security teams to identify open ports and close down those not in use 

How Scout works to assess your applications

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Unmask your digital footprint like a hacker

Scout simulates multidiscovery techniques used by hackers during the reconnaissance stage to gather and uncover any internet facing applications and domains that you may have missed

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Assess applications against common attack vectors

Next, it evaluates your applications against the 7 most common vectors used by hackers to locate open pathways and security weakness that could give them a foothold into your applications

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Visualize your attack surface with instant insights

Scout then provides a spiderweb view of your application risks to pinpoint your biggest risks and potential vulnerabilities that require immediate attention or further assessment to mitigate risk

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Quantify the attack surface for ongoing mitigation

Presents quantifiable attack surface scoring with risk based insights which can be shared with developers and IT to boost security best practice and controls and improve long-term application security

"The most significant value we’ve realized since using Outpost24 is the ability to more clearly view the impact and severity of risks that we are exposed to" 

Security Manager, Global Media & Entertainment Company

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