The Attack Surface

The attack surface is a list of ways in which your network can be attacked.  For our small business network this includes

  • From the internet – a direct attack on the internet address of the router
  • Via email – a malicious attachment or link
  • Via WiFi
  • Via USB – infection inadvertently or maliciously through a USB port.  This might happen for example when you leave the consulting room leaving a patient with access to your computer
  • Via a network port – unsecured ports connected to your network can be used to attack it
  • Via a backdoor – remote support might have left TeamViewer or similar running on your network to facilitate intrusion