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Benefits of Implementing a Continuous Threat Exposure Management (CTEM) Program

As evolve, organizations must stay ahead and ensure their security posture is vital. Adopting a Continuous Threat Exposure Management (CTEM) program is an effective way to do this. This approach to managing cyber risk involves a coordinated process that combines attack simulation, risk prioritization, and remediation guidance.

CTEM was first introduced in a Gartner report titled “Implement a Continuous Threat Exposure Management Program (CTEM),” it has since gained popularity among organizations worldwide. The benefits of adopting the CTEM framework will be discussed in an upcoming webinar hosted by XM Cyber, featuring Gartner VP Analyst Pete Shoard. The webinar will take place on March 27, and if you can't attend, an on-demand link will be provided.

So why is CTEM gaining traction, and how does it improve upon the already-crowded world of Management? At the core of CTEM is identifying real, actionable risks to critical assets. While anyone can identify security in an organization's environment, the challenge lies in being overwhelmed and knowing which poses the most significant risk to critical assets.

A CTEM program helps identify the most exposed assets and how attackers can them. It also provides an understanding of a breach's potential impact and likelihood. By prioritizing the most urgent risks and , a CTEM program offers actionable recommendations for remediation. Additionally, it continuously monitors the security posture and tracks progress.

With a CTEM program, you can gain an “attacker's view” by cross-referencing flaws in your environment with their likelihood of exploitation. This results in a prioritized list of exposures to address, including those that can be addressed later.

CTEM is not a specific product or service but a program that reduces exposures through five stages: Scoping, Discovery, Exposure Assessment, Prioritization, and Remediation. The scoping stage involves understanding what is essential to your business and collaborating with your counterparts to determine the severity of potential impacts. Once the scope has been defined, the next step is to discover assets and their risk profiles. This should prioritize areas of the business identified in the scoping process but can also be driven by other factors.

The exposure assessment stage involves assessing the likelihood and potential impact of potential breaches to determine their risk level. Based on the exposure assessment, risks and are prioritized to determine which ones require immediate attention. The final stage involves implementing remediation measures to address the identified risks and .

In conclusion, a CTEM program can help organizations effectively manage cyber risk by providing a comprehensive and continuous approach to identifying and addressing . By focusing on high-risk areas and prioritizing remediation efforts, organizations can improve their security posture and reduce the likelihood of a successful .

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