Countering Cyber Attacks Through Advanced Threat Detection

October 19, 2018 / mcacao

In 2017, big names like Equifax, RNC voter data, Yahoo, Uber, Kaspersky Lab, and Whole Foods all made it to Gizmodo’s headlines and it was not for a good reason. Security breach can happen even to the best and thought-to-be most secure organizations.

Cybercriminals flourish and prosper, posing threats to even the most reputable business organizations. These criminals want to know the valuable things about these organizations and use these to harm the system, the data, and even the employees of the organization. These cybercriminals launch different types of attacks using technologies to target companies and the unprotected ones end up losing valuable data to them.

Only organizations who got these cyber-attacks averted before they even begin can keep their clients, avoid financial losses, and escape the aftermath associated with a major security breach.

Threat Detection 101

Threat Detection is the process of identifying and quantifying the direction and magnitude of attacks even before these happen. It uses the data gathered by different security tools to identify a potential attack in an organization’s security environment.

Its objective, according to Nate Lord’s August 2017 report on Digital Guardian, is to check anomalies, analyze its threat level, and determine what actions can be taken to mitigate these. With data constantly produced by organizations, the demand for threat detection has likewise increased. Systems and tools have been designed and constantly improved to collect, analyze, and monitor the data available.

How Threat Detection works

Threat Detection can focus on individual IT platforms, networks, systems, endpoints, and other IT resources. This is no longer limited to traditional PCs and servers especially that organizations now rely on Cloud Computing in storing their data.

Threat Detection can be divided into four parts:

  1.    First, data is first collected from all possible vectors in the environment.
  2.    Second, the data is analysed for any possible malicious activities.
  3.    Third, stakeholders are alerted for possible malicious activities that are happening on the environment.
  4.    Finally, the data is remediated for any possible attack.

Reasons to Invest in Threat Detection

Just as offices are tightly guarded, an organization’s data should also be properly and tightly secured. Threat Detection is a business’ first line of defense. Regardless of the size of business, investing on reliable threat detection services is a must.

Threat Detection System protects the assets of a company while making sure that it is properly secured so as to avoid infiltration by third parties who will use the data for harm. Having this also makes it easier for security administrators to prevent attacks way before cybercriminals launch their plans.

Qualities of an effective Advanced Threat Detection System

Threat detection systems are like burglar alarms. More sophisticated and commercially available systems offer continuous monitoring and response to better protect organizational data. These are some of their tools:

Detection spans across all platforms

A good system should be able to monitor, collect, and analyze data from every platform supported by the network. Whether it is an ordinary endpoint system or a complex cloud-hosted network, and even a mobile system regardless of the OS used, the system should be able to secure the infrastructure.

Detection spans across all vectors

The system should cover all of the possible point of attacks in the network. It must detect suspicious behaviors in every aspect such as messaging systems, network perimeter, files and folders, applications, and mobile devices.

Forensics is proactive

The system should have a group of experts who can provide valuable information about suspicious data collected from the infrastructure. A dependable vendor should be at par with the current wave of malwares posing threat to individuals and organizations.

Response capability

Organizations should invest in a system that they can reach for whatever concern they have. All anti-virus vendors offer a generic set of products but what sets a dependable one apart is the vendor’s capacity to respond to a threat. This can only be delivered by companies that have expert support engineers and consultants available round the clock.

When considering the best vendor for your company, think of these factors:

  •         Detection capability – How well can the system detect old and new threats? Is the provider knowledgeable of the latest threats?
  •         Response time – How fast can your provider help resolve the issue?
  •         Resolution time – How soon will the threat be remediated?
  •         After sales support – Is there 24/7 support service?
  •         Product life – How long will the product last? Must it be a yearly or quarterly subscription?

 

Ask the right questions to identify the best Threat Detection System for your organization.

 

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