Censys in Ann Arbor Debuts New Cybersecurity Feature

Censys Inc., a cybersecurity company in Ann Arbor, has introduced a new feature for its Attack Surface Management (ASM) platform.
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Ann Arbor cybersecurity company Censys Inc. has introduced a new feature — Workspaces — for its Attack Surface Management (ASM) platform. // Stock photo
Ann Arbor cybersecurity company Censys Inc. has introduced a new feature — Workspaces — for its Attack Surface Management (ASM) platform. // Stock photo

Censys Inc., a cybersecurity company in Ann Arbor, has introduced a new feature for its Attack Surface Management (ASM) platform.

With the new offering, called Workspaces, security practitioners can segment and organize a company’s attack surface by individual companies. An attack surface is any public-facing data on a website that hackers could attack.

Slicing up the attack surface will give the ability to strategically view all the potential security risks facing a whole company — new acquisitions and all, according to Censys.

“When managing any attack surface, finding a new risk means you must also find the person responsible for remediating,” says Wolfgang Bauer, IT security manager at Swiss Life and a Censys customer. “With Censys ASM Workspaces, it is simple and easy to segment our attack surface so that it is clear who within the division needs to take action.”

Forty percent of companies experienced a cybersecurity problem during the post-acquisition phase. Further, companies struggle to keep an accurate record of all their assets; in one instance, Censys found nearly 80 percent more assets than a Global 500 company believed they owned. It’s understandable since digital transformation and cloud adoption aren’t going away any time soon, the company says.

Adding a new attack surface or cleaning up the current one is a messy job, Censys says. With Workspaces, attack surfaces can be organized to align with the security team’s priorities, whether that means swiftly tackling the latest company acquisition to limit possible data exposures or giving a team member appropriate access to a segment of the company’s attack surface.

Censys ASM is powered by internet-scanning technology that discovers unmanaged and unknown assets in real time. Paired with the Censys high-confidence attribution algorithm, users are guaranteed to discover comprehensive visibility of internet-facing assets belonging to the organization.

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