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Cyber Fusion: The cutting-edge in Threat Response
What matters the most?
- Common Goals - A typical Security team consists of different units focusing on Threat Intel, Incident Response, Vulnerability Management, and more. These teams operate distinct sets of tools and have access to different sources of information. Such an arrangement results in a lack-luster response to advanced threats because of distinct goals and priorities for each unit. On the other hand, a CFC facilitates collaboration and allows the decision-makers from each unit to come together to respond to a threat. This means the entire security apparatus functions as one unified team with common goals and the same understanding of threats.
- Connecting-the-Dots - Besides streamlining security operations, organizations also need to make the most out of the internal and external information sources available to them. CFCs allow organizations to connect the dots by collating and correlating threat information from diverse sources to gain insights into adversary tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs). It allows security teams to proactively analyze threats, establish contextual links, and understand adversary behavior by leveraging the relevant intelligence on a wide variety of threats.
- Future-proofing - The risks posed by cyber threats and malicious adversaries are constantly evolving as threat actors find new attack vectors and employ new techniques to breach organizations. To ensure a lasting defense against cyber threats, a security team needs to eliminate manual and time-consuming processes so as to prioritize the most critical threats. CFCs allow organizations to harness the power of Threat Intelligence, Threat Response, Advanced Orchestration, and Automation to stay ahead of increasingly sophisticated cyber threats. Moreover, they also help realize collaboration, resiliency and threat visibility by providing a comprehensive picture of the threat environment including malware, vulnerabilities, Threat Intel, and threat actors.
- Making Security Tools Talk to Each Other - The threat response process often involves a variety of security solutions, using which, the security teams take the necessary actions to block and mitigate the threat. Such a process can get complex and time-consuming as modern security teams employ a variety of tools. Moreover, due to a complex security stack, valuable threat information often remains locked within certain tools as they do not communicate with each other. CFCs address this complexity by leveraging orchestration capabilities to fuse all threat data from existing security tools. This can be a very cumbersome task if done manually by an analyst due to the sheer volume and variety of information. In this way, a CFC establishes a single source of truth for information on various cyber threats. Additionally, orchestration also provides the ability to communicate information and execute actions within and across different teams. Besides, CFCs not only automate the fusion of threat information but also the threat response actions. Security teams can define customized playbooks to provide a quick and effective response to various threats without the need for manual intervention. Thus, a CFC unlocks the maximum potential of all the existing tools and the information available to a security team for optimal threat response.
Posted on: July 26, 2019
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