Introducing HackerOne Assets

October 13, 2022 Naz Bozdemir

This blog post is part 1 of an ongoing series that provide deep dives into HackerOne Assets and its core capabilities.

Having the right automated tools to monitor your known attack surface is crucial in managing risk, but what about the vulnerabilities in unmanaged or unknown assets? Achieving visibility across your expanding digital footprint and associated weaknesses requires going beyond automation. That's where HackerOne Assets comes in (Figure 1). 

HackerOne Assets - Scope Management
Figure 1 - Asset inventory brings risk-based attack surface data together with security testing efforts. Learn more about Unified HackerOne Scope Management with Burp Suite Support

What is HackerOne Assets?

HackerOne Assets is the newest addition to our evolving Attack Resistance Management Platform. It combines the core capabilities of Attack Surface Management (ASM) with the reconnaissance skills of ethical hackers to bring visibility, tracking, and risk propensity to an organization's digital asset landscape.

How It Works

HackerOne uses a hybrid approach that blends automation and hacker intelligence to deliver comprehensive knowledge to organizations, all within our Attack Resistance Management platform (Figure 2). 

  • Automated Actions help customers discover and risk-rank internet-facing assets continuously and funnel the collected scan data into our unified security platform.
  • Hacker-led Actions facilitate human security analysis and testing, ensuring that known and unknown assets are periodically assessed for risk and mapped according to their characteristics (e.g. region, risk, technology stack, or PII).
HackerOne Assets - Platform Components - How It Works
Figure 2 - HackerOne Assets combines automated and hacker-led actions 

Teams can then use the validated risk and asset knowledge based on ASM scan data to prioritize security actions. This insight helps them amplify the effectiveness of testing scopes for vulnerability disclosure programs, bug bounties, and pentest engagements for continual protection and remediation (Figure 3).

HackerOne Assets - Platform Animated Introduction and Workflow
Figure 3 - Hacker-led and automated actions to find and fix risky assets. See HackerOne Assets in action.

What’s on the Horizon? 

Early collaboration with our customers enabled us to gain insight into ASM imperatives and validate our unique approach to reducing attack surface risk. The combination of our unified, automated asset security and our skilled community of ethical hackers delivers the ASM force multiplier you need to keep your organization safe.  

Attack Surface Coverage dashboard for comprehensive visibility
Figure 4 - Attack Surface Coverage dashboard for comprehensive visibility

With the introduction of HackerOne Assets, we have enabled powerful new security capabilities in our Attack Resistance Management platform, including:

  • OpenASM and Assets API
  • Asset inventory (Figure 1)
  • Automated and hacker-led asset discovery 
  • Continuous scanning and monitoring
  • Risk ranking
  • Attack surface coverage (Figure 4)

We’ll be adding new capabilities to HackerOne Assets to extend the effectiveness of your Attack Resistance Management strategy. Stay tuned for more product news and updates! 

Curious to know more? Get in touch with our security experts to explore the outcomes of Attack Resistance Management.

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