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What Inhibits Threat Visibility?
How Cyber Fusion Drives 360-Degree Threat Visibility
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How Cyber Fusion Provides 360-degree Threat Visibility?
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Posted on: July 20, 2022
Modern-day SecOps teams are on their toes all the time to discover, analyze, correlate, and gain the deepest insights into noisy threat data. They aim for comprehensive threat visibility that goes beyond the tactical approach. Contextualized threat intelligence and automated threat response are critical components of a true cybersecurity solution that clears the picture for threat visibility. To minimize risks and maximize cybersecurity outcomes, security teams must consider integrating real-time threat intelligence with threat response solutions at strategic levels of their cybersecurity programs. Along with high-fidelity threat intelligence and security automation, 360-degree threat visibility requires powerful orchestration of security workflows and collaboration between SecOps teams. However, when it comes to driving all these processes, many organizations face challenges.
What Inhibits Threat Visibility?
- Lack of capability to centralize multi-source ingestion.
- Absence of actionable, contextualized, and high-confidence threat intelligence.
- Focus on IOC ingestion and not correlation.
- Lack of capability to connect the dots.
- Ineffective threat hunting.
- Failure to assess security posture.
How Cyber Fusion Drives 360-Degree Threat Visibility
Security teams today need capabilities that can arm them with high-confidence intelligence and automated workflows in real time for faster threat identification and extensive threat visibility. The problem of threat visibility is at the core of the next-gen cybersecurity technology—cyber fusion. What sets cyber fusion apart is its capabilities to unify all security functions such as threat intelligence, security automation, threat response, security orchestration, incident response, and others into a single connected unit in a collaborative ecosystem.
Cyber fusion provides a completely new approach to making threat intelligence actionable across every facet of the incident lifecycle. It offers the capability to gain unparalleled threat visibility into the threat landscape by linking internal incidents with external threat intelligence.
Information sharing, automated threat response, secure collaboration, and in-depth threat visibility are a reality now for enterprises, government agencies, and MSSPs of all sizes and needs. By bringing security tools, teams, and processes into a centralized platform, a cyber fusion center (CFC) provides complete threat visibility, ensuring all functions have a comprehensive view of current threats. Organizations with a CFC in place can find themselves ahead of their counterparts in terms of the following aspects:
Threat Intel Enrichment and Correlation
Threat intel is everywhere. Every day, security teams are swamped with tens of threat data points. However, without context, it is just threat data. To make threat intelligence useful and contextualized, it needs to be operationalized. In simple words, threat intelligence needs to be analyzed and enriched and mapped to different incidents to make the best out of it.
Most organizations need to enhance the way they operationalize threat intelligence because it aids in strategic decision-making and faster incident response through better context and prioritization. To begin with, security teams can start with automating alert aggregation and sharing threat intelligence with the help of threat intelligence platforms (TIPs). Such platforms can automatically ingest threat intel from internal security tools as well as external sources. There are an array of threat intelligence solutions that ingest IOCs from multiple sources. However, if they are not capable of IOC enrichment and correlation, security teams cannot determine the confidence score of the IOCs, thereby failing to take effective action on potential threats. Whereas, a modern TIP does not only calculate the confidence score but also refine threat intelligence, block IOCs, and add them to the watchlist of a SIEM platform based on the score. When IOCs are properly enriched and correlated, the mean time to detect (MTTD), mean time to respond (MTTR), and mean time to contain (MTTC) automatically reduces. Moreover, the TIP capabilities provide complete threat visualization, equipping security teams with an organized way of looking at threat information. This allows security teams to visualize all aspects of threat information on one platform and at the same time access all the information, analyze it, and make informed decisions on further actions.
Connecting the Dots
In modern times when threat actors have become highly advanced with their tactics and techniques, it is important to discover the hidden threat patterns. Cyber fusion offers automated threat response capabilities that help connect the dots between different threat elements, enabling security teams to identify the connections between the recent incidents and all the historically observed malware, incidents, threat actors, vulnerabilities, campaigns, and more. This gives security teams 360-degree threat visibility and also helps them effectively manage and respond to threats.
A CFC solution allows security teams to discover the impacted entities linked to an incident and accelerate their threat investigation process. With this, SecOps teams can draw contextual intelligence on complex threat campaigns, identify potential attacker trajectories, and establish hidden threat patterns by uncovering correlations between seemingly isolated threats and incidents. This provides them with in-depth threat visibility into the threat landscape.
Governance and Reporting
Cyber fusion allows security teams to direct, control, monitor, and manage intel-driven as well as threat response operations in their organizations. The integrated governance and reporting capabilities that cyber fusion provides enable CISOs and other security leaders to gain complete visibility into the threat profile of adversaries. With the help of cyber fusion, an organization can access custom dashboards and reports, reducing noise and false alarms and improving the efficacy of threat response. Moreover, all the KPIs and security metrics help CISOs in SLA and ROI management.
SOAR Workflows Implementation
CFCs allow organizations to automate and orchestrate security workflows using low-code and no-code capabilities enabling organizations of all types and needs and with or without complex infrastructures to connect and integrate cyber, IT, and DevOps technologies to deliver a single, centralized and orchestrated view of threat data across cloud, on-premise, and hybrid environments. As a result, security teams can quickly respond to a variety of cyber threats and reduce the time spent on manual security processes. Advanced SOAR platforms help security teams to be more proactive in executing top-notch defense strategies with thorough data collection and workflow analysis. In a nutshell, SOAR enables SecOps teams to effectively collaborate and manage incidents by prioritizing and streamlining response activities in the workflow, providing visibility into the incidents and reducing mean time to response (MTTR).
As an organization, SOAR capabilities of Cyber Fusion Centers improve efficiency and foster a self-operating cybersecurity posture that provides deeper threat visibility into the complex threat landscape.
CFCs make security teams work in an environment where they can handle potential threats by bridging the slios between multiple teams within an organization and by connecting different organizations together by virtue of real-time threat intelligence sharing. They foster inter-team collaboration, greater visibility across all the security teams, and an advanced level of resilience and control. The unique value proposition of a CFC is that it brings together disparate teams—SecOps, incident response, threat intelligence, threat hunting, and others from different organizations—to create a streamlined threat detection, analysis, and response workflow in a collaborative environment.
Understanding of the Threat Landscape
Sharing real-time threat alerts with employees and security teams can go a long way. By doing so, an organization’s security teams and employees can learn about the threats facing them and also improve their day-to-day decision-making. CFC enables threat alert aggregation and strategic threat intelligence and advisory sharing for security teams enhancing their threat visibility and situational awareness.
Strategic threat intelligence sharing drives 24x7 continuous situational awareness on threats and incidents 24x7 and builds an organization’s response workflows for greater adaptability and scalability. Using the threat alert sharing capabilities of CFCs, organizations can share real-time early warning malware, vulnerabilities, threat actor, and incident threat alerts with their SecOps teams based on their role, industry sector, and geography. This will help them gain better threat visibility and take proactive mitigative actions, amplifying their organizational decision-making in daily security operations.
Primarily, threat visibility is about detecting and analyzing threats, so it’s important to first understand the evolving threat landscape. Incident response teams’ jobs demand context and understanding. They need not only know the ins and outs of their organization’s network but, more importantly, they also require automated platforms and solutions in place that provide real insights. When comprehensive context and intelligence are quickly accessible, teams can effortlessly gain visibility and effectively respond to threats.
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