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Threat Detection Technology: What Does that Really Mean and How Does it Look in Real Life?

Threat detection analyzes an entire security ecosystem to find any nefarious activity that could cause the system to become compromised. If there is a threat detected, you must take steps to mitigate and neutralize the threat before it can take advantage of your vulnerabilities. 

After all, a security breach is a nightmare. Most businesses that prioritize their information will place educated people and advanced tech as a defense against those who may try to cause problems. However, security is an ongoing, ever-evolving process, not a guarantee. 

Securiteam can help you with your threat detection technology. Contact us to find out what we can do for you. 

When it comes to an organization’s security program, the idea of “threat detection” is intricate. Even the best programs need to have a worst-case scenario plan in place for when someone does slip past your defenses and preventative tech and becomes an actual threat. 

Threat Detection/Response

Speed is critical when it comes to the detection and mitigation of threats. A security program must quickly and efficiently detect security breaches so that the attackers don’t have time to dig around in sensitive information. 

Ideally, a company’s defensive programs can stop most threats because they’ve seen them before, which means they should be aware of how to combat them. These are referred to as “known” threats.

On the other hand, a company wants to detect any potential “unknown” threats, which are threats that they have not encountered previously. This is often because the attacker is using new methods/technologies. 

Of course, even known threats can slip past the best security defenses. This is the reason why companies continually look for known and unknown threats. How can a company do this? There are several things in a security arsenal that can help: 

Utilize Threat Intelligence

Threat intelligence means looking at data from previous attacks and comparing it to your company’s data to identify potential threats. This is effective for detecting the “known” threats but not for identifying “unknown” threats. Threat Intelligence can be used effectively in web proxy technology, antivirus technology, Security Information and Event Management, and Intrusion Detection System. 

A company can utilize analytics related to user behavior to understand what the typical employee behavior would be, the kind of data they would access, the times they would log on to the system, and where they are typically located when they access the system. 

This allows a sudden outlier, for example, someone that works 9 is to 5 pm in New York and never travels for business that suddenly logs in to the system at 2 am in Shanghai, to stand out as atypical behavior and something that needs to be investigated. 

On the other hand, analytics related to attacker behavior have no baseline of activity to compare to. Instead, smaller activities that seem unrelated might be breadcrumbs that the attacker is leaving behind. You need the human mind and technology to put this puzzle together. However, the result will give you a picture of what the attacker may be up to in your network. 

Creating Traps for Intruders 

Security teams within a company know that some targets are too tempting for the attacker to pass by. When it comes to the network within the company, a trap could be a honeypot target that seems to hold network services. This is particularly appealing to an attacker. Another option is “honey credentials” that seem to have user privileges that an attacker would need to access certain systems/data. When the attacker takes the bait, the security team is alerted to the suspicious activity to investigate. 

Hunting Threats 

Instead of sitting back and waiting for the threat to appear in your network, hunting the threats allows your security team to get out on their network and endpoints and enable them to look for threats/attackers that may be lurking but not yet detected. This is a more advanced security technique typically performed by veteran security/threat analysts. 

How Can We Help You with Threat Detection? 

Ideally, your threat detection program should include the above techniques, as well as others, to keep an eye on the security of your company’s critical assets, employees, and critical assets. 

Of course, you need a human and a technical element for threat detection technology to be effective. The human element is security professionals that can analyze behaviors, patterns in data, trends, and reports. Additionally, they can help you determine whether anomalous data is a false alarm or a true threat. 

Contact Securiteam to learn more about how we can help you with your threat detection technology needs. We would be happy to give you a quote on our services.