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This October, BitSight celebrated another very important milestone as the leader and pioneer of the security ratings market: now, BitSight has high-quality, historical data on over 100,000 global organizations at users’ fingertips.

Our technical research team works tirelessly to accomplish what makes BitSight stand out as the clear leader in the market — hand validating each and every organizational map in BitSight’s inventory. Simply put, before BitSight users can see security information on any organization, a member of the BitSight mapping team “touches” it first. BitSight has more companies mapped than any other security ratings provider, with our inventory exceeding 210,000 organizations. However, BitSight only makes hand-validated data available to facilitate more accurate business decisions to reduce risk.

When it comes to ratings that drive strategic business decisions, such as vendor relationships or board reporting, accuracy and quality are paramount. Here are the three key differentiators that make BitSight the most trusted name in the business.

Data Quality

With over 750 customers, BitSight knows that data quality is the cornerstone for any ratings product. By capturing relevant compromised system, diligence and user behavior data, BitSight’s Data Science Team actively evaluates all risk information that enters the product. Company asset maps are an equally important piece of this puzzle. Many customers and prospects will compare maps from their internal network teams to the ones provided by BitSight in the ratings product. As one multinational customer noted, “The rating service only works as well as the network maps. We were impressed with both the breadth and quality of BitSight’s network maps and data. They were more sophisticated than other solutions.” Read the full case study here.

An Innovative Process

BitSight uses cutting edge technologies and processes to capture the most accurate information within asset maps. Firstly, this means using technology to capture aggregated asset information on a particular company. BitSight has developed the majority of these patent-pending technologies and continues to innovate in the process of determining the relevant assets of an organization needed to produce a high-quality rating. Then, the Technical Research Team quickly hand curates and determines the appropriate technical assets such as IP addresses, domain names, and non-technical assets such as employee counts, subsidiary relationships and more.

These asset maps are then regularly updated and proactively refreshed in the event of a major business change, such as a merger or acquisition. The most important part of the BitSight mapping process boils down to one simple word: transparency. BitSight allows any company, customer or not, to evaluate and recommend changes to their asset maps. Many non-customer companies have requested to see and make changes to their asset maps because they understand that BitSight is the standard for evaluating security performance. This openness and transparency of BitSight’s mapping process further improves the end quality of the maps available in the platform.

A Dedicated Research Team

Lastly, BitSight has invested heavily in the right people to get the job done. The goal of the Technical Research Team (comprised of almost 50 people globally) is to capture IP information and vet all data that goes into the product. Each researcher is trained on how to find the most relevant information about IP space in order to determine whether a specific CIDR block should or should not be added to a company’s map. Determining this information is not a “yes” or “no” decision; defining a company’s amorphous boundaries requires human intelligence. Examples of this human intelligence include deciphering business relationships or understanding cryptic markers on a CIDR block.

“The technical research team is on the front lines of making sure our customers are getting the most accurate information possible within the BitSight platform,” notes CTO Stephen Boyer, adding, “this means that beyond churning out IP maps quickly for customers requests (which we do!), it also includes setting up a process and accountability for making sure that as businesses change, from international expansion to M&A, we can update the information accordingly in our maps.”

BitSight has become the market leader in security ratings because customers can trust and verify the data. This trust and the actionability of information provided in the BitSight platform — with proven (and third-party validated) correlation to breach — has positioned BitSight as the foremost security ratings provider that is used by security and risk leaders globally to report to the board.

BitSight is committed to providing ratings that leverage objective, verifiable and actionable data. In order to accomplish this, BitSight has invested in the right technology, process and people to ensure that the company maps available in the platform are, without a doubt, the best, most accurate in the industry.

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