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A Guide on Managed Threat Hunting

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Around the globe, organizations and individuals are implementing various ways to secure their devices, network, and operations against cyberattacks and threats. One of the ways to improve cybersecurity posture is through managed threat hunting.

Threat hunting is the practice of searching for hidden cyberthreats in your network. No cybersecurity defense is a hundred percent effective. In managed threat hunting, a cybersecurity team will dig deep to find malicious threats, unrecognized activities, and network behavior abnormalities.

Managed threat hunting helps prevent and resolve data breach. According to a 2020 report of IBM, data breach has an average total cost of USD 3.86 million with 280 days average time to identify and contain a breach. Data breach may result in financial loss, affect one’s operations, and damage of reputation.

Managed Threat Hunting

Combined strategies from manual and automated systems make threat hunting successful. Skilled cybersecurity professionals have the responsibility of searching, monitoring, logging, and neutralizing threats before they harm the system.

A cybersecurity team is hunting for Indicators of Compromise (IOCs), Indicators of Attack (IOAs), network-based artifacts, and host-based artifacts.

Three Main Steps of Threat Hunting

The process of threat hunting mainly includes a trigger, an investigation, and a resolution.

1. Trigger

In this phase, threat hunters are being led to a specific system or area in the network that needs further investigation. This happens when an unfamiliar action indicating malicious activity is identified.

2. Investigation

Your cybersecurity team will conduct an in-depth assessment on the identified unusual activity during the investigation process. With the help of technological tools and software, threat hunters will perform an investigation until the unfamiliar action is deemed safe or a malicious behavior.

3. Resolution

During resolution, threat hunters will analyze the collected high-quality data from the identified malicious behavior. They will try to find out the possible cause, method, and goals of the attacker. Then, use this information to come up with the best strategies to eliminate the threat and prevent it from recurring.

Threat Hunting Tools

Some of the tools that a cybersecurity team use during a managed threat hunting are Managed detection and response (MDR), security information and event management (SIEM), and Security analytics.

Managed Detection and Response (MDR)

This tool provides 24/7 active monitoring and intelligence-based threat detection. It helps organizations to immediately respond and fix detected threats.

Security Analytics

In cybersecurity analytics, data from different sources such as software, algorithm, and analysis are being combined to search for potential threats to IT systems.

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

This software solution combines security information management (SIM) and security event management (SEM) to perform real-time monitoring, analysis of security alerts, and other relevant activities. The data that SIEM gathers are from various sources, such as domain controllers, servers, network devices, etc. In-depth examination is possible with SIEM because it can reveal user-behavior anomalies and other necessary leads.

Furthermore, managed threat hunting requires skilled and experienced professionals and good communication. Your cybersecurity team members must possess critical thinking, patience, and a keen eye to spot possible threats. Threat hunters should also be good in writing a report and communicating with one another the possible threats, risks, and solutions.

Unfortunately, skilled cybersecurity professionals in threat hunting are of shortage. Qualified threat hunters don’t come cheap. And this is the reason why some companies or organizations seek the help of managed services. These services are expected to provide expertise in managed threat hunting and 24/7 monitoring at a more affordable cost.

Final Thoughts

Are you looking for a managed threat hunting service that is competitive enough to work like cybersecurity experts can? Your organization, especially its confidential files, devices, and workflow need to be protected in the best way possible against any cyberattack. It will only happen using the right solution.

Comodo offers its clients the latest and best solutions in the field of cybersecurity. Comodo’s Dragon Platform with Advanced Endpoint Protection (AEP), is a cloud-native cybersecurity with patented auto-containment technology. It features a 24/7 expert analysis with results in less than four hours. It boasts static analysis and human expert analysis to ensure your organization has no hidden threats.

Comodo helps its clients to have peace of mind working remotely and securely. A complete protection against zero-day threats while having no impact on end-user experience or workflows is provided by a Default Deny Platform Comodo’s AEP.

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