One of the key areas we can automate our defensive posture is understanding how the network we are defending looks. One of my SANS instructors once said: “you cannot protect what you don’t know about.”

At the time I was working for an organization that had 12,000+ assets ranging from the latest and greatest operating systems to hosts running custom software built utilizing Fortran, which I had no experience using. We needed a tool to help us identify hosts and vulnerabilities as well as meet NIST compliance. The tool I would choose today for that would be Tenable. Their current lifecycle blog goes in depth into this area.

The weakest spots in an organization’s security posture occur at the intersection of attack surface, avenues of attack (attack vectors) and obstacles/ (lack of) controls in place. Identifying these weak spots should be the first objective of all cybersecurity programs. This is also where several fail, due to weak visibility and understanding during that crucial “identify” phase.

Cody Jackson

Security Architect at Aquila
Cody Jackson is a leader in the management and design of secure wired and wireless networks. He performs engineering assessments for a variety of commercial solutions. He helps CISOs, IT Specialists, and Security Analysts secure network and enterprise data.

Cody's engineering networking and security expertise broaden AQUILA’s ability to service organizations. Before AQUILA, Cody was a Computer and Information Security Specialist on the Los Alamos National Laboratory Security Architecture and Application Development team. He also worked as an IT Specialist at Western New Mexico University.

Cody earned a Master of Science in Information Systems & Assurance from UNM. He received an MBA and a B.S. in History and Math from Western New Mexico University.
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