Enterprises have spent a lot of time and money building protective walls around their networks but with ever-diminishing results. Today’s IT infrastructure is everywhere: on-premise, private clouds and public clouds. Instead of defending the network perimeter, the focus has to be shifted to secure user access to resources.

This can be accomplished using a modern security approach like that offered by a Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) solution. SDP dynamically creates a one-to-one connection between the user and the network resources they are entitled to see. Policies are applied in real-time based on the security context presented when the user is requesting access. By limiting access, the attack surface is significantly reduced.

Along with a robust defence like that offered bySDP, security teams must gain offensive insights into how far an attacker can run with a vulnerability. Most organizations don’t have the internal resources to go the extra mile. An alternative is to engage with an offensive-oriented cybersecurity firm that offers specialized attack and assessment services, including penetration testing, application assessment, vulnerability analysis, reverse engineering, and a review of architecture and source code. 

It is to be noted that an attacker only needs  to be successful once but defenders must stop them everytime. Uncovering vulnerabilities is not an indictment on the security program, rather, it is an opportunity to change the trajectory of the attackers’ first advantage. Therefore adopting the mindset of the adversary is essential, which gives a realistic picture of organizations' exposure to enable effective mitigate risks.