10 Tips for Effective Threat Hunting

Cyber-attacks are increasing in number every day, as well as in their frequency and sophistication; worse, they often circumvent organizations’ existing protective controls. Therefore, organizations must deploy a proactive threat-hunting campaign in addition to other layers of security such as antivirus programs and firewalls to detect and then remediate threats as early as possible in order to mitigate damage. Companies that begin a threat-hunting program have a success in mind, but are they able to achieve this?

Unfortunately, no organization can claim 100% security, and many have to bear the brunt of notorious data breaches and the loss of millions of dollars. According to the 2018 Threat-Hunting Report, 44% of respondents estimate that the financial impact of an undetected data breaches to be over half a million dollars.

In this article, we will teach you 10 tips for effective threat hunting that will help your organization better respond to pesky cyber-attacks and avoid compliance issues and financial damage.

1.   Know Your Environment

Threat hunting is aimed at discovering abnormal activities that otherwise can result in grave damage to your company. Understanding of normal activities in your environment is a prerequisite to comprehending activities that are not normal. If you understand normal operational activities, then anything abnormal should stand out and be noticed.

Therefore, the hunters should spend a good deal of time to understand normal and routine events in their environment. In addition, analysts must understand a complete architecture including systems, applications and networks, so that they can discover weaknesses and vulnerabilities that might provide opportunities to adversaries.

Moreover, building a relationship with key personnel in and outside of IT is crucial. In fact, these people can help threat hunters differentiate between anomalous and normal activities. For example, each problem found by threat hunters is not always an attack. Instead, (Read more...)

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