Cybersecurity threats are evolving and the IT industry is on high alert. Modern cyber threats are more sophisticated and fast such as malware, phishing, cryptojacking, and IoT threats. The major cyber-attacks in 2019 witnessed that cybersecurity defenses were inefficient to prevent cyber threats altogether. The situation will even prevail in 2020. However, mitigation strategies can help to minimize the chances of data breaches.
In this article, we will explore some most harmful cyber threat types and prevention techniques that organizations must be aware of to thwart cyber-attacks.
Over the past couple of years, cyber-attacks have been increasing both in frequency and sophistication. 2019 also witnessed a surge in cyber-attacks and many companies were suffering a huge financial and reputational loss. According to CISCO, DNS hijacking and targeted malware were the serious cyber threats of 2019, along with various others. Cyber pests were using various tools to capture data and evade detection, from Remote Access Trojans (RATs) to hide threats in encrypted traffic.
In addition, as per the 2019 Cybersecurity Report, published by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), 44% of organizations with more than 500 employees have experienced a cyber-attack. In this article, we would explore some data breaches that were grabbing the attention of cybersecurity companies in 2019 and even beyond.
Today’s cybersecurity threats such as Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) are more dangerous than ever. Even the traditional security systems such as antivirus programs are unable to prevent them due to their sophistication and uncontrollable frequency. In order to prevent the menace of cyber threats and attacks, now companies are looking for multiple layered security to enhance their cybersecurity posture more effectively. This is the reason we use File Integrity Monitoring (FIM) and Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) together to safer the world.
In this article, we will detail and FIM, SIEM, and then the benefits of integrating FIM with a SIEM solution.
SIEM and SOAR Integration Capabilities in 2019
Integration is one of the most critical features that every security product should have. But, unfortunately, this is not a case when it comes to too many traditional security tools. The organizations that were using SIEM with having integration capability remained secure to a large extent. For example, an effective SIEM can inject Threat Intelligence Feeds (TIF) from multiple different sources. Using this feature, security professionals working in a Security Operation Center (SOC) don’t need to work on multiple consoles to deal with various security tools. Instead, the integrated SIEM will provide a single console to operate all tools collectively. As per the Gartner, SIEM is the most wanted tool that provides inputs to the SOAR solution. Therefore, their integration is important.
Like the previous years, 2019 also witnessed the surge in data breaches and cyber-attacks. However, organizations having SIEM or/and SOAR system in place were better than those using traditional security tools. The cyber-attacks in 2019 were mostly related to financial crimes, supply chain attacks, phishing exploits, state-sponsored attacks, Grid attacks, health sector attacks, and attacks on IoT devices. Cybersecurity skills shortage was also one of the major concerns in 2019.
In this first part of the article, we will take a look at how SIEM and SOAR tools were helping organizations in 2019 to get rid of cyber-attacks.