With cybersecurity morphing into cyberwarfare, military strategy such as attack-surface reduction is becoming an important part of a cybersecurity professional’s repertoire. Case in point: In the paper Cyber Resiliency Design Principles (PDF), coauthors Deborah Bodeau and Richard Graubart spend a great deal of time describing digital attack surfaces and the implications of their presence. The report from the Mitre Corporation (a company well-versed in warfare, cyber and otherwise) defines attack surfaces of information systems as:
“Exposed areas that make those systems more vulnerable to cyberattacks. The exposed areas include any accessible areas where weaknesses or deficiencies in information systems (including the hardware, software, and firmware components) provide opportunities for adversaries to exploit vulnerabilities.”
Read more about digital attack surfaces and how you can reduce them in order to minimize cyberattack threats on TechRepublic.