It’s that time of the year again: Black Hat 2019 is almost here. As always, it should be a great event with top-of-the-line keynotes, fascinating sessions, amazing options from the vendor community (Expanse included), and of course an opportunity to mingle with friends and colleagues in the security industry.
A key US federal government agency had information siloed between the agency’s headquarters, security operations center, and various field locations. This made it challenging to enforce security and IT policies across a decentralized network and led to numerous unknown, unmanaged and vulnerable Internet-connected assets.
Certain security basics used to be good enough to protect your network. You could roll out an endpoint security tool, implement a firewall, and use sandboxing, and at least sleep a little easier at night. But today’s attackers are more sophisticated, and that means security professionals have to be more sophisticated, too.
Like most large financial institutions, this Fortune 100 financial services company has a complex network. From M&A activity to cloud development to securing critical suppliers, it was challenging for the company to identify and monitor all of its Internet-connected assets. And without a complete and accurate IT asset inventory, it was even more challenging to secure those assets.