Automated Processes Provide Early Detection and Response in Cyber Investigations

A new approach to cyberdefense combines man and machine to stop cyberattacks. With automated investigation, complex threats are detected early and accurately. Cybersecurity analysts are able to monitor, analyze, and cross-reference data across the entire attack chain.

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Cyberthreats are becoming more sophisticated than ever before. Attacks are growing in frequency and complexity. Millions of dollars spent to build secure networks are falling victim to attackers who have widened the scope of their target. To combat the enemy, automated detection and response solutions are rapidly becoming a standard necessity in an organization’s security program.

Seemingly secure organizations are losing intellectual property, financial assets, and sensitive data. When an attack is under way, suspicious activity must be examined early and at each stage of a breach in the attack lifecycle. Automated investigation solutions cover the entire attack chain, including command and control detection, lateral movement detection, file analysis, network forensics, end point forensics, etc.; all essential to understanding complex threats.

Automating the collection and analysis of leads across the security infrastructure reduces the number of alerts and alleviates alert overload. Using such technologies ensures that cybersecurity analysts have complete information to resolve the threats.

The key is to build detailed incident storylines and detect intruders as early as possible with accurate detection and response. Automating the investigation process delivers actionable intelligence and prioritized incidents rather than relying on point solutions to detect threats.

An automated environment connects key information and evidence into a comprehensive report, automatically giving investigators a full view of events related to a single breach. Automated investigation is an intelligence-driven approach to cybersecurity. It saves time by analyzing the leads from detection sensors and combining them with forensics data into clear incident storylines to get a complete picture of a breach as it unfolds.

Operating 24/7, a fully automated system is easy to learn and manage. Relevant forensic data is grouped with each lead, keeping the entire team informed with the identical accurate information. The proper response to vulnerabilities and attacks on the IT infrastructure can be made rapidly.

Today it’s clear that it is important to automate as much data as possible to aid investigation with the proper information and without having to sift through an overwhelming amount of data. Organizations require a new approach for cyberdefense: a multidimensional, integrated approach that reveals the complete threat storyline and accelerates response.

Hackers are finding ways around the prevention technologies that exist. A good detection and response system should be fully integrated and able to use multiple forms of information for the most thorough threat assessment and the best chance of locating and countering an attack. The technology must also be clear and easy to use for analysts at all skill levels.

Detecting a threat and the ability to respond to confirmed threats in a rapid and efficient manner is increasingly required. Automated investigation accelerates the path from detection to response. Armed with accurate information, analysts can focus on the correct course of action to take.


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