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Proven cyber threat hunting techniques and the role of SAO

In the constantly-evolving world of cybercrime and cybersecurity, proactivity is key. Organizations must engage in regular cyber threat hunting techniques and processes to stay ahead of evolving threats. Putting up perimeter defenses and watching for attacks can leave an organization vulnerable to a costly breach.

Unfortunately, most security operations (SecOps) teams are overwhelmed by fatigue and short-staffed, leaving room for only reactionary responses. While they know they can’t continue passively reacting to known alerts, 80 percent of organizations report receiving 500 or more severe/critical alerts a day and can only investigate less than one percent of them. Additionally, by 2021, there will be 5 million cybersecurity job openings worldwide, and 53 percent of organizations already cite the lack of skilled resources.

So, organizations understand that any alert not investigated leaves them vulnerable to a breach, but they don’t have the time, people or resources to cost-effectively manage their critical and high-priority alarms. This is where security automation and orchestration (SAO) comes in.

SAO can both free-up staff and streamline and optimize proactive security processes so that the same security staff can feasibly react to and engage in proactive threat hunting.

What is cyber threat hunting?

Many define cyber threat hunting as anything that isn’t passive security monitoring. Our partners at Vector8 define threat hunting as “the discovery of malicious artifacts, activities or detection methods not accounted for in passive monitoring capabilities.”

Here’s what you need to begin a proactive defense with cyber threat hunting:

  • Data: Gathering endpoint process metadata—including every observable event, the start/stop events, conditions tied to them and network connections—to determine the scope and path of past and potential future attacks.
  • Analytics: By utilizing endpoint processes metadata, analytics can look for both artifact static signatures to help understand past attacks as well as activity behavior signatures to determine how attacks might evolve in the future.
  • Enablement: With comprehensive data, SecOps teams can develop their enablement stack. A robust enablement stack includes technology, tools and automation triggered by intuitive processes to support the SecOps team.

Enabling your team with SAO

SAO includes the tools your team needs to automate the time-consuming and manual processes necessary for general SecOps and threat hunting. Optimizing these processes helps improve security throughout the entire organization.

Swimlane’s SAO platform can work together with Vector8’s EchoTrail to provide the complete enablement stack your organization needs to:

Improve threat hunting capabilities with robust security operations

By improving your hunting capabilities utilizing an enablement stack of technologies, including Vector8 and Swimlane, it is possible to stay ahead of attacks. By hunting for new and evolved threats with SAO, you may be able to prevent breaches before they happen.

Are you interested in learning more about cyber threat hunting? Check out our on-demand webinar with Vector8: Proven Threat Hunting Techniques and the Role of SAO.

Tags: security automation, security orchestration, threat hunting