Why External Attack Surface Monitoring Matters & What You Need To Know

Mohit K
August 17, 2023
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External Surface Monitoring


External attack surface monitoring is a crucial component of cyber security that involves continuously monitoring and assessing an organization's digital assets and online presence for potential vulnerabilities that attackers could exploit.


External attack surface exposure is a concept that may be unfamiliar, but it's something hackers can discover and exploit to your organization's detriment. They can leverage this knowledge to tarnish your reputation, cause financial losses, and even bring down your entire business. The attack surface encompasses all the entry points, including network services, applications, APIs, and other areas, through which an attacker could illicitly access your organization's systems or data.

Why is monitoring important?

The monitoring procedure entails scanning and analyzing the organization's external-facing assets to detect and rectify possible vulnerabilities or security loopholes.

Moreover, it extends beyond just internet results, allowing you to uncover data present on the deep dark web, which cannot be accessed through public search engines.

Threat Vectors 

  • Phishing attacks
  • Insider threats
  • Unpatched vulnerability
  • Social engineering
  • Web Application vulnerability
  • Data exfiltration via malware
  • Weak authentication

Let's deep dive into a few threat vectors in detail

  • Data exfiltration via malware can be designed to infiltrate a computer or network, gather valuable data, and then transmit it to unauthorized individuals or remote servers without the knowledge or consent of the system's owner or users. Various types of malware, such as spyware, keyloggers, Trojans, ransomware, and advanced persistent threats (APTs), can be used for data exfiltration purposes.
  • Weak authentication - The process of confirming a user's identity is easily circumvented or compromised, allowing unauthorized individuals to gain access to protected resources or sensitive information. Some common characteristics like- simple passwords, no MFA, default credentials, and lack of account lockout.

Security Recommendations

  1. Implement robust security controls
  2. Conduct a regular security assessment
  3. Provide employee training on data protection
  4. Enforce strong access control
  5. Encryption for sensitive data
  6. Follow the identity access management policy
  7. Share the security best practice

How Telivy Can Help Your Organization

Dark Web Monitor ✅

External Network Vulnerability Scan ✅

DNS Evaluation ✅

Website Vulnerability Check ✅

Internal Vulnerability Analysis ✅

Sensitive Data Identification ✅

Credential Leakage Detection ✅

Application Risk Monitor ✅

Phishing Simulation Campaigns ✅

Identity and Access Management ✅

External Surface Exposure ✅

And More ✅

Telivy External Risk Assessment Service

Telivy's External Assessment

Telivy offers a specialized service designed to monitor your organization's external risks effortlessly, requiring just a sign-up and your domain name for assessment.


Kindly check out the below-given snapshot containing a few critical findings identified by expert security tools.

A few critical findings snap:

Telivy's External Assessment Findings


Through ongoing external attack surface monitoring, organizations can proactively detect and address security risks, thereby lowering the chances of successful cyber attacks. This approach helps safeguard sensitive data and systems from unauthorized access.

This is where Telivy comes in – it aids in identifying data leakage and shielding your business from all types of threat vectors. Additionally, Telivy assists in establishing robust and secure security controls by implementing the provided security recommendations and more. For further assistance, please email support@telivy.com and we will be happy to schedule a demo with you.


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