Understanding CTEM: How Opus Security Can Help

Maor Sorero, Head of Marketing
Maor Sorero, Head of Marketing
June 10, 2024

Continuous Threat Exposure Management (CTEM) is a strategic framework designed to help organizations continuously identify, assess, prioritize, validate, and mobilize responses to risks and vulnerabilities. Instead of reacting to attacks after the fact, CTEM aims to proactively manage the organization’s security posture by addressing vulnerabilities before they can be exploited, providing security teams with the data, assessment and prioritization they need to ensure their security. 

CTEM identifies the critical assets, as well as the  vulnerabilities that place them at risk, with a holistic view of the entire attack surface, not a specific environment or system. Following prioritization based on asset context, potential impact, and intelligence CTEM validates the effectiveness of your chosen security measures and provides recommendations according to the risk, for either mitigation or risk acceptance. 

CTEM Challenges

CTEM is certainly a compelling approach that organizations should adopt to help them anticipate and mitigate risks as early as possible, but it does come with specific challenges. The holistic nature of CTEM program inherently entails gathering data from disparate sources and tools, that can take time and demand specific expertise. Deduplicating and prioritizing vulnerabilities from these various sources requires a comprehensive understanding of the organizational impact and context, which demand time and experience if not automated. CTEM must also be a collaborative effort across the organization, demanding that siloed structures be broken down and multiple teams cooperate without friction. This, on its own, is no small feat. 

Opus + CTEM = Security

To mitigate these challenges and ensure that security teams leverage their CTEM program for increased security and an optimized security posture, Opus Security offers a unified platform that integrates with and enhances the CTEM process, using the following: 

  • Consolidation of Vulnerabilities
    • Platform Integration: Opus Security integrates with various security tools, consolidating vulnerability data into a unified platform and providing comprehensive visibility into an organization's threat landscape. This consolidation is crucial for the discovery and prioritization phases of CTEM.
    • Contextual Analysis: Opus provides deep context analysis, considering the organizational impact and application perspective to prioritize vulnerabilities effectively. This ability is crucial for ensuring mitigation based on actual risk rather than just technical severity.
  • Operational Efficiency
    • Opus’s integration with existing tools and workflows ensures that security actions are seamlessly incorporated into daily operations. This integration is vital for the collaborative CTEM phase, where coordinated efforts across teams are necessary to mitigate risks effectively.
    • Automation: Opus introduces automation to handle repetitive and manual tasks, allowing organizations to scale their vulnerability management processes.
    • Workflow Integration: Opus integrates with tools like Jira and Slack to ensure tailored notifications and remediation guidance for different teams, enhancing collaboration and reducing manual effort.
  • Prioritization and Risk Management
    • Prioritization Engine: Opus prioritizes based on an expert framework that takes into account severity across disparate sources, data from third-party sources such as endpoint agents, CMDB, or Developer portals, organizational context, specific threat models, and exploitability.
    • Risk-Based Approach: Opus provides a holistic view of the organization's security posture, contextualizing vulnerabilities within the broader business impact.
    • While Opus focuses on operationalizing immediate remediation efforts, it also supports longer-term security strategies by providing insights into recurring issues and potential improvements in security processes.
  • Developer and Security Team Collaboration
    • Developer Experience: Opus enhances the developer experience by De-duplicating, conducting root cause analysis, translating to a developed language, and providing actionable recommendations.
    • integrating security notifications and remediation steps into their existing workflows and
    • Security Engagement: Opus encourages collaboration and accountability among developers, security teams, and operations teams by speaking the developer's language, adapting to their unique structure, and creating trustable visibility that is shared across any individual engineering team as well as centralized security function
  • Support for CTEM Mobilization
    • Mobilization: Facilitates the coordination and execution of remediation actions across multiple teams, ensuring timely and effective vulnerability resolution.
    • Operational Integration: Opus supports the operational aspects of mobilizing responses, making it easier for organizations to address vulnerabilities identified in the CTEM process.

Convergence of CTEM and ASPM

Application Security Posture Management (ASPM) focuses on maintaining and improving the security posture of applications throughout their lifecycle, continuously monitoring and assessing these applications for new vulnerabilities and exposures, and executing contextual remediation plans across engineering teams. While AppSec and the operational support of CTEM may differ in their focus, they both require prioritization, collaboration across various teams and efficient, time-saving lifecycle management. Consolidating the two into a single remediation platform that manages remediation processes at scale across all attack surfaces, such as Opus, can save money, time and frustration as security efforts are streamlined with centralized visibility across all attack surfaces, heightened security, effectivity and resilience. 

The Road Ahead

Security leaders must make a conscious decision to shift from reactive security methodologies that only see what actually happens, to a more holistic approach that continuously assesses the growing number of attack surfaces in the modern business environment to ensure the organization’s agility and resilience as it grows. 


Opus Security enhances CTEM programs by providing a unified platform that consolidates and prioritizes vulnerabilities, integrates with existing workflows, improves operational efficiency, and offers comprehensive risk management capabilities. This approach addresses the core challenges of CTEM, making it easier for organizations to manage and mitigate threats effectively.

By merging the operational program of CTEM and ASPM, Opus Security operationally drives risk management across any part of the organization and any attack surface. This integrated framework ensures a holistic, agile, and effective security posture. The convergence of these programs signifies a shift towards a more dynamic and integrated solution for modern security challenges.

This unified approach is essential for adapting to the ever-changing landscape of cyber threats, offering a framework that actually works in tackling security challenges daily. Organizations can achieve a more secure, resilient, cost-effective framework, ensuring a safer digital environment.