Cybersecurity Asset Management

Why businesses need a new approach to asset management

Asset management plays such a foundational role in cybersecurity that without it, all other initiatives suffer.  

That’s simply because you can’t protect what you can’t see. 

But with IT complexity on the rise, gaining visibility across diverse asset types has become an uphill struggle for many IT and security teams.  

In fact, according to our latest research, 72% of survey respondents reported increased complexity in their environments over the past two years. Many also reported widening visibility gaps in their cloud infrastructure (79%), end-user devices (75%), and IoT devices (75%). 

Gaining visibility across diverse types of assets requires an approach that automatically and continuously discovers assets in their environment. 

But many of the tools used today only offer individual pieces of the asset puzzle. Plus, traditional asset inventory approaches are manual, error-prone, and time-consuming. 

The good news? All the data you need already exists. Plus, the solutions that know about your assets have APIs. 

All you need is a way to collect, correlate, and take action. 

Why Can’t Traditional Tools Keep Track?  

Let’s look at identifying and managing ephemeral devices in the context of device discovery.  

With so many connected devices both on a network and remote, it’s easy to lose track of what exists. Ephemeral devices, like VMs, containers, and cloud workloads, only amplify the problem.  

Due to their transient nature, these devices are usually unaccounted for in asset inventories created using traditional methods.  

Another challenge for IT and security teams? Understanding the state of a previously existing ephemeral device. 

Using traditional tools to discover ephemeral devices is challenging. 

  • Scanning tools fail since scans are performed in cycles — often on a monthly or quarterly basis. 
  • Agent-based approaches also fall short, as these devices are often so short-lived that they never have an agent deployed. 
  • Network-based tools often lack the contextual data points needed to identify these devices. 

The result? Massive ephemeral device visibility gaps, driving up an organization’s attack surface.  

But tools and technologies built for cybersecurity asset management can offer continuous asset discovery capabilities for ephemeral devices. This is done by connecting to the management consoles of platforms where these short-lived devices are created. 

Drive Visibility With Cybersecurity Asset Management 

By connecting to all the security and management solutions that know about assets, a cybersecurity asset management platform like Axonius:  

  1. Provides customers with a credible, comprehensive, and always up-to-date asset inventory 
  1. Shows where they have coverage gaps to know any time an asset deviates from their security policies  
  1. Automatically validates policies and lets customers decide what automated actions to trigger any time an asset doesn’t adhere to their policy 

Be it device discovery, endpoint protection, cloud security, or anything in between — you can’t do any of it without a complete understanding of what’s in your environment. 

Our recent white paper, “Why Asset Management Fails for Cybersecurity (and How to Fix It)”, explores each of these use cases and more. You’ll learn: 

  • Why asset management for cybersecurity is foundational to an array of security use cases 
  • The asset management challenges associated with these use cases and how they impact cybersecurity 
  • How to solve each use case with asset management for cybersecurity 

Take a deep dive into why asset management as we know it fails for cybersecurity — and learn how to get it right. Download the white paper Why Asset Management Fails for Cybersecurity (and How to Fix It).” 

By Mekhala Roy 

Axonius is the cybersecurity asset management platform that correlates asset data from existing solutions to provide an always up-to-date inventory, uncover gaps, and automate action — giving security and IT teams the confidence to control complexity.

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