What is an attack surface?

The collection of all possible points vulnerable to an attack by unauthorized users (hackers) is known as the attack surface. The severity of attack surfaces varies according to the access of the affected party (user/machine) or end-point to the organization’s resources and application. The smaller the attack surface, the easier it is to investigate and remediate.

Attack Surface


  • What is an example of an attack surface?

    Some examples of attack surfaces include a web application, software, and data centers. Moreover, operating systems, mobile and IOT devices, and web servers are also part of attack surfaces.

  • What is an attack surface chain?

    It contains all the possible ways an attacker can get into the network or connected system to exploit the information. With all the information available on the attack surface, you can plan for a better defense.

  • How are vectors and attack surfaces related?

    All the attack surfaces collectively form the attack vector. It can include physical, digital, and social vulnerabilities.

  • What is used to reduce attack surfaces?

    You can implement the following strategies to limit the attack surfaces: assuming zero trust, decreasing complexity, monitoring vulnerabilities, segmenting your network, using strong encryption policies, and training your employees.