10 Ways URL Analysis & Enrichment Can Help Ease Your SOC’s Challenges in 2020

If you’re in the IT security space, you no doubt realize
that phishing remains a constant threat. Exploiting the human attack surface is
at the start and heart of most cybersecurity breaches, it often goes undetected
until too late, requires a big investment of time and money to defend, and it
can’t be stopped by single security measures, MFA, or phishing awareness
training for employees. It’s like The Terminator of security threats! It just
keeps coming.

With new phishing attack vectors, increased sophistication,
and more mobile workers, it’s no wonder organizations have put increased
emphasis on user awareness and training. For email phishing, many companies
train employees to report suspicious emails, even offering single-click forwarding
to an Abuse Inbox. This has created a costly burden on already stretched SOC
and IR teams: efficiently managing a rapidly swelling Abuse Inbox.

With more than 90% of suspicious emails being false
positives, quickly finding genuine threats can be time consuming and costly.
Many organizations are automating this phishing IR process with SOAR playbooks
for analyzing suspicious URLs and files. But URL analysis can be challenging.
With the increased use of shortened links, multiple re-directs, phishing pages
hosted on legitimate (not blacklisted) sites, and other evasion techniques, accurately
detecting phishing URLs requires more sophisticated methods of detection.

With our Phishing URL Analysis &
Enrichment solution
, we can help ease your SOC
teams’ pain and challenges
around Abuse Inbox management for 2020
and beyond. Here are ten ways SlashNext’s solution can help:

  1. Save
    time and money by automating phishing IR
    . Save hundreds of hours vs. costly
    manual research on suspicious URLs by fully automating URL analysis as part of
    your Abuse Inbox playbook. No manual intervention required. Just submit URLs to
    SlashNext cloud through automated playbook commands and get accurate, binary
    verdicts plus forensics data on URLs submitted for analysis.
  2. More
    accuracy = more automation
    . SlashNext patented SEER technology sees
    through evasion tactics to examine final destination pages and delivers
    accurate, binary verdicts (not inconclusive risk scores) with near-zero false
    positives. With highly accurate, definitive verdicts, you can automate next
    steps rather dealing with additional manual work investigating inconclusive
    “suspicious” verdicts.
  3. Cut
    false positive noise.
    With more than 90% of user reported emails being
    false positives, SlashNext lets you quickly identify and dismiss them while
    also accurately detecting genuine threats. The faster you identify and cut out
    the false positive noise, the more time you can spend on IR for real phishing
    threats.
  4. Zero-hour
    threat detection
    . Malware sandboxes are useful for analyzing malicious
    binaries and files using virtual machines, but they are not designed for
    analyzing phishing and social engineering webpages. SlashNext provides SOC and
    IR teams with a scalable, cloud-based analysis engine which was purpose-built
    for analyzing phishing URLs. It uses virtual browsers to dynamically analyze
    page contents (images, text, etc.) and server behavior to detect previously
    unknown, zero-hour threats missed by URL inspection and domain reputation
    analysis methods.  
  5. Real-time
    detection
    . By performing run-time analysis on URLs rather than just
    checking known threat databases, SlashNext can detect previously unknown,
    zero-hour phishing threats in real-time. This enables SOC and IR teams to catch
    genuine threats near the start of the kill chain and reduce the chances of far
    more costly downstream IR for breaches.
  6. URL
    enrichment with forensics data
    . Provides more than definitive verdicts
    alone. Access to IoCs, screen shots, HTML, rendered text and more assists IR
    teams in identifying and analyze phishing threats. This additional information
    simplifies and helps complete phishing IR reporting, on-going vulnerability
    management, and can even aid in on-going phishing awareness training and
    testing with employees.
  7. Overcomes
    evasion tactics
    . Detects phishing pages hidden behind URL obfuscation
    techniques and redirects, as well as phishing pages hosted on compromised
    websites or legitimate hosting infrastructure.
  8. Broader
    detection
    . Detects all major phishing payload threats, not just credential
    stealing. These include of course credential
    stealing
    , but also rogue software and browser
    extensions
    , document theft, money transfer scams, and scareware
    tech support scams.
  9. Fast
    operationalization
    . SlashNext provides pre-built integrations for leading
    SOAR, SIEM, and TIP platforms. Pre-packaged integrations with leading solutions
    from Demisto, Splunk Phantom, ThreatConnect and more provides quick
    operationalization for a variety of phishing IR playbooks. SlashNext even
    provides sample playbooks to simplify implementation for different phishing IR
    use cases, plus example scripts for teams that don’t use a SOAR platform.
  10. Cloud
    Scale
    . Operates at cloud scale, using millions of virtual browsers to
    analyze many millions of suspicious webpages daily. Analyze thousands of
    suspicious URLs on demand for bulk processing for phishing IR and automated
    threat hunting from network or endpoint log data.

To find out how you can save time, money, and hassle by automating
your SOC team’s phishing IR efforts, contact us and request a demo
today.


*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from SlashNext authored by Lisa O'Reilly. Read the original post at: https://www.slashnext.com/blog/10-ways-url-analysis-enrichment-can-help-ease-your-socs-challenges-in-2020/