Rapidly increasing breach reports are pushing CISOs to invest in the best in class cybersecurity tools. Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS) tools are helping enterprise leaders to take the right decisions on security investments.

In its first appearance in 2017 in a Gartner report, Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS) tools were positioned as a rising technology. Since then, these tools have been gaining momentum as they allow security teams to have a constant and a reliable way to test controls and move from prevention to detection and, sometimes even response.

However, experts believe that his momentum is accompanied by some doubts around its benefits, capabilities, and role in the security stack. Here, it is crucial to understand that BAS is a part of the evolution of ‘detection’ capabilities. There is a high recognition of the fact that the volume and velocity of the breaches have increased, and organizations have shifted focus from prevention to detection, response, and automation.   BAS tools allow faster simulations   and the ability to continuously test the efficacy of control points. This also helps make the security posture more consistent despite the dynamic threat landscape.

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It is a misconception that BAS tools are the next vulnerability scanning and management solutions. Though BAS tools are a reliable way to augment the vulnerability management program,   they are not a replacement for penetration testing solutions or vulnerability scanning. These tools take a campaign-based approach and a more holistic view to measure overall security effectiveness.

Experts also suggest that BAS tools can also provide a false sense of security. The simulations are prescriptive and out-of-the-box scenarios that generally do not consider the nuance of each organization. CISOs need to make intelligent choices about which simulations are suitable for their particular organization and its security needs.  It needs the right people with the correct skills in order to enrich or even change simulations based on threats targeting the organization and the industry.

By 2022, it is projected that worldwide security spending will be over $133 billion. Since BAS tools offer consistent and an efficient way to measure the effectiveness of existing security detection capabilities, the findings from these simulations can guide product investment as well as configuration decisions to seal the security gaps. The best part about BAS tools is that they offer quantitative metrics that are relevant to management. Organizations make high investments in protecting their assets. They can also be used to bridge the cybersecurity knowledge gap with the enterprise leaders.

With any security investment, it is required to understand the limitations and strengths of the technology to derive the best value from it. BAS tools help in maintaining the fundamental level of security assurance in a more cost-effective way than the traditional approaches.

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