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Proactive cyber threat hunting using security orchestration, automation and response

Organizations can no longer be passive when it comes to security. By the time an active threat is detected, quarantined and terminated, it’s often already too late. In order to truly protect and defend their organization, security operations (SecOps) teams must proactively identify and hunt for new risks with cyber threat hunting. And to protect against the most advanced threats, security teams must also proactively hunt for ones that evade current security solutions.

What is cyber threat hunting?

Cyber threat hunting is the proactive process of detecting abnormal activity on devices and endpoints that may be signs of compromise, intrusion or ex-filtration of data. This method of defense contrasts with those used by other security solutions like firewalls and security information and event management (SIEM) systems. These solutions typically complete investigations after a security event has been detected or a breach has occurred. With the ever-evolving cybersecurity landscape, having a proactive cyber threat hunting process is particularly critical to ensure organizational protection.

Why are more SecOps teams not hunting for threats?

Although threat hunting can significantly reduce the chances of attack by exposing vulnerabilities, disparate tools make the process extremely time-consuming. Collecting evidence requires many manual tasks, and evidence must be validated across multiple third-party systems. The need to complete all of these steps significantly limits hunting frequency.

Additionally, SecOps teams receive so many alerts from security solutions, they are required to react and focus on current security investigation. While they understand the importance of cyber threat hunting, they are left with little bandwidth for proactive security activities. As a result, only about one percent of critical security alarms are investigated—leaving businesses extremely vulnerable.

How can organizations implement an automated threat hunting process?

Organizations need to integrate their tools. By integrating all of their security solutions, organizations can both improve the threat hunting process completed by team members and also implement automated workflows and playbooks to complete these tasks. Security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) helps organizations integrate their tools into a robust and comprehensive framework to increase their hunting capabilities, improve response and effectively protect their organization from attacks.

SOAR can be used to create automated workflows that:

  • Continuously look for potential threats throughout the network
  • Automatically investigate alerts
  • Centralize investigation findings for improved security understanding

Improve overall SecOps efficiency with Swimlane's SAO solution

Implementing SOAR solutions not only supports the cyber threat hunting process, but it also improves overall security operations throughout the organization. Integrating security technologies using SOAR allows organizations to take advantage of a centralized view of their security landscape. SecOps teams can then utilize the information to make critical security decisions for the organization and improve IT resiliency.

Swimlane solution helps integrate systems and centralize data to significantly improve incident alert management by:

  • Reducing mean time to resolution (MTTR)
  • Freeing up time for security teams to focus on more critical security tasks
  • Automating time-consuming processes that slow down alert investigation
  • Providing a comprehensive view of organizational security
  • Helping SecOps standardize and scale critical security processes

Address every alert with Swimlane’s security automation and orchestration solution.

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Want to learn some other ways you can use SOAR? Read our eBook 8 Real World Use Cases for Security Automation and Orchestration.


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