Beyond vulnerability scanning: Enhancing attack surface management for more proactive security


Digital transformation has made vulnerability management operationally infeasible, build a programmatic response and more effectively manage your exposure.

Exposure management extends beyond vulnerabilities alone. The sheer velocity of digital transformations continues to expand our digital footprint at an exponential rate which develops an operationally infeasible amount of vulnerabilities to manage. Reducing your risk requires a new approach to proactively understand your attack surface, better prioritize your efforts, and measure progress over time.

Continuous Threat Exposure Management (CTEM) is “a program for managing a wider set of exposures that are likely to affect business priorities, rather than simply inventorying and processing.”


Common Challenges:
  1. Incomplete view of the attack surface. It is estimated that roughly 30% of an organizations digital footprint is unknown or unmanaged.
  2. Adversaries do not require a vulnerability to breach organizations. Vulnerability exploitation accounted for only 7% of the past years data breaches.
  3. Security teams are inundated with alerts. Lacking the context and prioritization needed to drive action IT and Security teams are left swimming in data overload.


“By 2026, organizations prioritizing their security investments based on a continuous exposure management programme will be three times less likely to suffer from a breach.”

Implement a Continuous Threat Exposure Management (CTEM) Programme, Gartner®, Jeremy D’Hoinne, Pete Shoard, Mitchell Schneider, 21 July 2022.

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The objective of Gartner Continuous Threat Exposure Management (CTEM) program is to drive a consistent and actionable security posture improvement plan that business executives can understand and architecture teams can act upon. Gartner’s CTEM program is designed around three pillars which specify the critical questions security teams must address:

Attack Surface Management

“What does my organization look like from an attacker’s point of view, and how should it find and prioritize the issues attackers will see first?

Vulnerability Management

“What software is present and what configuration has my organization set that will make it vulnerable to attack?”

Security Posture Validation

“What would happen if an attacker carried out a campaign against my organization’s infrastructure, how would its defenses cope and how would processes perform?”


These three pillars should work together into a holistic program designed to scope, discover, prioritize, validate and mobilize.

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What to consider when building a CTEM Program:

  • Does the reconnaissance mechanism deliver high fidelity discovery of my organizations digital footprint?
  • Is the reconnaissance done continuously?
  • Is there a bi-directional API to drive action between solutions?
  • Is there a prioritization mechanism that improves our vulnerability management program?
  • Am I able to validate my security posture based on the assets discovered?

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Randori Recon

Attack Surface Management

Randori Recon is an external attack surface management solution designed to perform discovery of your IPv4 and IPv6 assets through a series of high-fidelity reconnaissance techniques. By starting with what is definitively you, Randori Recon then leverages unique scanning techniques to attribute assets connected to that starting point with your organization. Once identified, Randori then overlays actionable insights and adversarial context onto these assets to get your organization on target faster.

Bi-Directional Integrations with Platforms such as Tenable and Qualys: Vulnerability Management

Randori leverages a continual discovery process to identify externally exposed assets. Uncovering the delta between what is known within your vulnerability management solution and discovered by Randori to provide administrators with a complete inventory. Merging Randori’s prioritization into administrators can optimize their time spent by leveraging detailed risk-based prioritization to help prioritize patching the most impactful threats to their organization.

Randori Attack

Security Posture Validation

Randori Attack gives you the power of a high-end red team, in an automated and scalable platform, enabling you to continuously test your defenses against attacks that mirror the adversaries you face. By exposing gaps and breaking down issues as they arise, Randori empowers you to discover the unexpected and stay one step ahead of attackers.