Censys Launches Inaugural State of the Internet Report

Report Finds 88% of Current Internet-Connected Risks Driven By Misconfigurations and Exposures

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Censys, the leader in Attack Surface Management (ASM), launched its inaugural State of the Internet Report, a holistic view into Internet risks and organizations’ exposure to them. This first-of-its-kind report also provides perspective on how security practitioners addressed several vulnerabilities over the last eighteen months, while offering organizations guidance for how to prioritize and evaluate the security maintenance of their Internet-connected business assets.

The inaugural report compiled by the Censys research team is informed by the firm’s technology, which maintains the most comprehensive view of assets on the Internet by continuously scanning the public IPv4 address space across the 3,600+ most popular ports. The Censys research team’s mission is to conduct timely and critical research of Internet exposures and enable the broader cybersecurity community to take quick actions that mitigate future issues.

Through careful examination of which ports, services, and software are most prevalent on the Internet and the systems and regions where they run, Censys’ research team discovered that misconfigurations and exposures represent 88% of the risks and vulnerabilities across the Internet. Using Censys’ Internet-wide scan capabilities and risk detection fingerprints, the State of the Internet Report provides visibility of the assets and weaknesses across an organization’s Internet infrastructure in three sections: the Internet as a Whole, the Attack Surface of the Internet, and the Attack Surfaces of Organizations.

“Assessing the state of the Internet is crucial in understanding an organization’s own risks and exposures,” said Zakir Durumeric, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of Censys. “Censys’ unique perspective of the Internet provides a holistic look into the potential consequences of misconfigurations, while outlining security teams’ crucial need for expanded visibility and understanding to make smart…