January 30, 2023
Cybercriminals tend to be opportunists. Implementing the right cyber threat intelligence tools can dramatically shift the security landscape in your favor.
Cybercrime groups operate like highly organized software-as-a-service companies. Some of them have offices, tech support teams, and salary packages that would not be out of place at any tech company.
As with any organization, risk management is a major concern for cybercrime leaders. Since their activities are illegal, it’s likely their number-one concern.
That gives them a powerful incentive to prioritize quick, secure profits over risky long-term initiatives. The better equipped an organization is, the less attractive a target it makes.
Two technologies in particular offer remarkable deterrence to opportunistic cybercriminals. These solutions make it harder for attackers to get away with quick gains and often force them to show their hand in the attempt:
- Anomali ThreatStream
- SentinelOne Singularity XDR
To understand how these technologies frustrate cyber criminals so well, we need to cover cyber threat intelligence first.
What Is Cyber Threat Intelligence?
Cyber threat intelligence is an information security discipline that uses curated evidence to detect existing and emerging cyber threats. This helps inform the organization’s response to security events and drives successful action against malicious actors.
Gartner explains it this way:
Threat intelligence is evidence-based knowledge, including context, mechanisms, indicators, implications, and actionable advice, about an existing or emerging menace or hazard to assets that can be used to inform decisions regarding the subject’s response to that menace or hazard.
Threat intelligence tools connect network activity to known indicators of compromise (IoCs), giving analysts a great deal of information about suspicious activities. A timely, well-curated threat intelligence feed can provide valuable insight into active attacks, including:
- The methodology of an attack.
- The likely origin of an attack.
- Additional targets associated with certain types of attacks.
- Risks associated with certain types of attacks.
All this data serves a valuable role in informing incident response. Analysts with the ability to quickly and accurately identify threats can provide a robust defense against cyberattacks. Used together, Anomali ThreatStream and SentinelOne Singularity XDR give analysts the ability to detect, respond to, and remediate threats at the early warning stage.
Anomali ThreatStream Accurately Detects Emerging Threats
Anomali’s cyber threat intelligence tool provides industry-specific data and actionable information to security teams. Unlike open-source threat exchange feeds, Anomali curates its data to meet customers’ specific security risk profiles. This gives analysts immediate access to information about the threats they are likely to face.
Castra leverages Anomali to push targeted intelligence data into our clients’ SIEM platform. We conduct proactive threat hunting to identify the highest-risk vulnerabilities unique to that client and prioritize that data. This gives us a chance to build comprehensive response playbooks for emerging high-risk threats.
When those threats appear, the security team is well-prepared to respond. This puts pressure on cyber criminals to adopt new tactics. Every time they go back to the drawing board, it costs them time and money.
SentinelOne XDR Automates Threat Response
SentinelOne Singularity is a software SaaS solution that unifies threat detection and incident response through a single interface. It natively integrates massive amounts of data from multiple security products and components into one system.
XDR solutions are unique because of their ability to isolate compromised endpoints, block unauthorized executions, and terminate malicious processes automatically. Security teams use XDR to optimize complex incident response workflows. This allows analysts to actively neutralize security threats the moment they’ve detected them, instead of spending hours manually configuring multiple tools to do it.
Castra leverages its XDR product expertise to help organizations gain comprehensive visibility into their security processes and successfully configure their automated incident response playbooks.
This helps organizations make the most of their incident response capabilities without risking productivity in the process. Without proper configuration, automated solutions like XDR can cause bigger problems than they solve. For example, they might terminate business-critical conference calls or lock employees out of their accounts.
Boost Your Security Posture with Cyber Threat Intelligence
When used together, Anomali ThreatStream and SentinelOne XDR allow organizations to rapidly detect and remediate cybersecurity threats in near real-time. This puts a robust barrier between opportunistic cybercriminals and their objectives. Even sophisticated attackers are forced to change their tactics and adopt new techniques. Every time this happens, you learn a little bit more about that threat and gain the ability to protect yourself against it in the future.
Castra can help you deploy and configure these tools to protect sensitive data from new and emerging threats. Talk to an expert about creating a sustainable cyber threat intelligence workflow to find out more.
3 Ways to Apply a Risk-Based Approach to Threat Detection, Investigation and Response
Every department within an organization has a different definition of risk. So how do you, an information security leader, define cybersecurity risk for your executive team?
The first step is defining your threat landscape. Read Gartner® research now to help start your organization’s risk management conversation.