In recent articles, we’ve looked at the top endpoint security challenges and how organizations can overcome them using cyber fusion.
But how exactly does that happen?
We’ve all heard claims from technology vendors about how their tool will revolutionize our lives… only to discover later that those claims may have been exaggerated. So today, we’ll show you exactly how cyber fusion enhances endpoint security processes—in six simple use cases.
6 Cyber Fusion Use Cases for Endpoint Security
Use case #1: Automate endpoint maintenance and hygiene
One of the endpoint security challenges we explored in an earlier post
was the lack of centralized systems to ensure cyber hygiene. Cyber Fusion addresses this by combining all-to-all integration of security and IT operations tools with full machine-to-machine (M2M) orchestration, allowing security teams to build customizable playbooks that can run continuously or are triggered by specific events.
Cyber Fusion can automate critical functions such as:
- Monitoring endpoints to ensure all necessary software is present and responding.
- Installing new patches, both for security tools and other software.
- Setting up devices for new employees with the correct software and permissions.
- Automatically quarantining devices when employees leave the organization.
These measures ensure security analysts and tools have complete visibility of the organization’s endpoints.
Use case #2: Contain active incidents automatically or with one click
Security analysts need to work quickly when there’s an active threat in the environment. Playbooks can orchestrate complex tasks across multiple tools and endpoints in a fraction of the time, allowing analysts to quickly contain a threat once they have identified it. For example, if several endpoints are infected with malware, an analyst could use a playbook to quarantine them all with one click.
Cyber Fusion also allows security teams to set playbooks to run automatically when specified events occur. For example, if an endpoint becomes infected with ransomware, a playbook could automatically quarantine that device from the rest of the network.
Use case #3: Endpoint-appropriate response
Of course, taking automated action against an endpoint could be a risk. Automatically quarantining a non-critical endpoint—for example, a laptop infected with ransomware—is usually a good option. But what if the endpoint is more important?
Cyber Fusion allows security teams to set automated responses based on the criticality of the endpoint affected. For example, an infected laptop can be quarantined, but an infected cloud server requires an urgent alert to the asset owner and other stakeholders.
Use case #4: Incident enrichment and categorization
One of the top challenges security analysts face is constantly switching between tools. This is particularly noticeable when an analyst gathers context to determine how to act on an alert. Typically, this process involves manually switching between tools, searching for relevant intelligence, and copying any information they find back into their case management tool.
Many tool vendors claim to solve this problem, but they invariably rely on 1-1 integration. This reduces some of the analyst’s burden, but they still have to do a lot of manual work. Cyber Fusion provides all-to-all integration and orchestration, allowing analysts to enrich cases with all relevant intelligence and data no matter where it resides. This drastically reduces the manual burden of incident enrichment and enables analysts to easily categorize and prioritize incidents.
A Cyber Fusion Center solution also tracks incidents over time and provides valuable context within the case management system. For example, if a new incident is similar to a previous one, the solution will automatically link them so the analyst can see how the last incident was handled.
Use case #5: Up-tier analysts by automating manual tasks
Tier 1 analyst tasks like host attribution, tagging, and incident categorization consume a lot of time. This harms security outcomes, and it’s also frustrating and demoralizing for security analysts to spend so much of their time on manual, repetitive tasks.
With a combination of all-to-all integration, orchestration, and automation, Cyber Fusion can automate most Tier 1 activities, allowing analysts to spend more time on Tier 2 and 3 activities that significantly impact cyber risk.
Use case #6: Remote forensics
Investigating complex security incidents requires analysts to gather as much information as possible. Typically, this involves manually accessing affected endpoints and using the command line to find, collect, and send relevant logs back to the analyst’s machine.
A Cyber Fusion Center solution can integrate directly with EDR tools to issue remote commands to any endpoint. Playbooks can automate the process of remotely gathering forensic information like connection data, logs, and memory imaging into a single JSON object and sending it to the analyst.
This fully equips the analyst to investigate the incident while removing the manual burden.
Have Questions About Cyber Fusion?
Watch our on-demand webinar, Cyber Fusion for Endpoint Security, where two of our top SME's in threat intelligence and SOAR respectively, answered this question and more with this thesis: Endpoint security needs Cyber Fusion to significantly enhance endpoint threat detection, investigation, and response with some core capabilities to demo across specific use cases.
During the webinar, they discuss:
- The five main barriers to effective endpoint security (and how to overcome them)
- Why endpoint security tools don't address these barriers (when used in isolation)
- Four critical capabilities you need to reliably detect and remediate endpoint threats
- What cyber fusion is, why it's different to SOAR, and how it fits into endpoint security
- Six cyber fusion use cases that will drastically improve your endpoint security outcomes
Thomas Bain is the Vice President, Marketing at Cyware, a high-growth cybersecurity organization. Bain leads all Marketing and Inside Sales efforts at Cyware. He was most recently with RiskRecon, a Mastercard company, where he held the position of Senior Vice President of Marketing. He also holds board advisory positions with SafeGuard Cyber and Measured Risk.