For a very long time, cyber security measures had defensive features that aimed to build an impenetrable wall around your assets. Threat hunting practices shift this defensive approach to an offensive one. In this article, we discussed threat hunting and its use cases in great detail.
What is threat hunting?
Threat hunting is a pro-active approach in cyber security. Up until very recently, almost all cyber security practices involved defensive operations. The idea was to build an impenetrable wall around all assets of your organization. Yet one of the most popular cyber security practices of our age, threat hunting, aims to do something else. It is an almost entirely offensive approach.
Why does your organization need threat hunting?
Hackers and cyber attackers come up with a new method to penetrate through the thick walls of your defences. With the traditional approaches, your cyber security team is notified when an attacker has been or is about to be successful in doing so. Learning about a security incident after it has commenced costs your cyber security team very much. Firstly, they start one step behind and they feel the pressure of time. Secondly, they cannot afford to be slow or wrong, because every passing minute brings the attacker one step closer to your organization’s most valuable assets.
That is why adopting a proactive approach such as threat hunting is essential. Such offensive practices allow your cyber security team to detect threats before they turn into full blown incidents. As a result, they start one step ahead of the hackers and cyber criminals. Moreover, threat hunting practices allow your cyber security team to prevent known threats instead of trying to stop such threats as they unfold.
In addition, it is possible to detect anomalies and divergences from the baseline with the proper threat hunting procedures.
As the security measures become more advanced, the methods employed by hackers become more sophisticated as well. As a result, stealthy attacks have been very common for the last few years, and they costed a lot for many organizations. With the optimized threat hunting solutions, your cyber security team can detect stealthy attacks and hinder them before they do any harm to your organization.
What are the use cases for threat hunting?
There are numerous use cases for threat hunting practices. Below you can find some of the most prominent ones.
- Providing context for security events: Armed with artificial intelligence and machine learning, threat hunting solutions have the ability to learn from previous threats. As a result, they can provide you with a detailed context for known and unknown threats. Having the contextual information allows your cyber security team to make better and faster decisions. When dealing with security incidents, being fast and accurate is critical.
- Anomaly detection: In order to detect threats, threat hunting solutions keep monitoring the network activity and your assets. As a result, most threat hunting solutions have an impressive ability to detect unusual behaviours and anomalies.