It is extremely difficult to choose a threat detection and response solution today, given the many products in the marketplace. The more security software you install, the more your analysts chase false positives and an endless number of security alerts. And worse – attacks continue as invaders manage to infiltrate every small crack between siloed systems that aren’t communicating with each other.

How can you reduce the workload and win the cyber security war? Most detection solutions lack the ability to cross-check and verify an event since they look at only one attack vector. As a result, they are unable to present a clear, fully documented incident storyline rather than a list of alerts which require deeper investigation using external forensic tools. Both enterprises and government organizations need a holistic solution that investigates the entire attack chain and detects complex threats early and reliably; a platform that automates the investigation process and delivers actionable intelligence and a handful of prioritized incidents rather than isolated alerts. That is the key to accurate and efficient detection and response.

This post will help you understand the requirements for an effective solution so you can make the right decision for your organization.

The Components of a Comprehensive Threat Detection and Response Solution

Seek the Complete, Cohesive Picture

Most threat detection solutions focus on one attack vector – the network, or the endpoint, or files. They do not see the whole picture, only a disjointed sketch of an attack. Look for a solution that delivers integrated, multi-dimensional detection across your network, your endpoints and your files, continuously cross-referencing leads from every stage in the attack chain to build complete incident storylines and detect intruders as early as possible.

Make sure that the solution covers the entire attack chain, including command and control and lateral movement, as they are essential for a thorough understanding of complex threats. And don’t settle for a solution like SIEM that merely aggregates alerts – to detect an incident storyline a solution must be able to triage and compare leads from multiple sources, just like a human analyst.

Don’t Accept Endless Alerts as Inevitable

As you look for a solution, insist on a product that will reduce the number of alerts your analysts will have to investigate – not increase it. Don’t settle for disconnected, siloed systems that can only provide unconfirmed leads without context. The time has come to move from alerts to intelligence-driven threat detection and response.

Look for a solution that will leverage a group of integrated detection and forensics sensors and analyze all available data, automatically verifying or eliminating every lead with forensic evidence, and presenting cyber analysts with visual, fully-documented incident reports rather than long lists of alerts.

Buy Automatic & Continuous Investigation

One of the biggest problems in security operations today is the shortage of skilled analysts. Investigating alerts and piecing together the storyline of an attack is a complex task that takes too long. As a result, alerts that may indicate a breach simply take too long to investigate, so breaches continue to dwell in the organization.  In this climate, a solution that offers automatic investigations, that fuses critical pieces of information together, is essential.

The ideal solution simulates the intelligence of a human analyst, following leads, collecting forensic evidence, and constructing incident storylines. Unlike a human, software never runs out of time and energy, but continues to evaluate all of the available data, uncovering connections, building and updating incidents, and prioritizing them around the clock. At any point, analysts can review the entire incident, add their own intelligence, and choose an automated or manual response. Detailed documentation of every part of the incident is essential for enabling analysts to collaborate and inform across the organization.

Insist on Forensics the Easy Way

Forensics solutions have earned a bad reputation for being extremely complicated. Many organizations have come to the conclusion that only a trained incident response team can put them to effective use. Yet forensics are essential. It is impossible to conduct a thorough incident investigation without network and endpoint forensics as part of a continuous, ongoing process of lead verification.

When it comes to forensics, you should look for solutions that are automated and easy to use. The key is to adopt solutions that proactively integrate the collection of forensic evidence into the investigation process, and present the results in the context of the alert or lead that the data is intended to confirm. When the forensic evidence is analyzed and presented in this way, it arrives on time, and in a format that analysts at different skill levels can understand.

Get Built-in Response

If you have chosen a solution that generates actionable intelligence rather than alerts, then you are 80% of the way towards a response.  Every organization has different procedures for updating security policies to block threats, so look for a solution that enables you to accelerate or automate remediation – for example, the ability to export IOCs and blocking rules for rapid implementation in endpoint and perimeter security solutions, or automate a response through integration with leading vendors.

What About SIEM?

In the past, SIEM has proven highly effective at collecting and managing data that is vital to IT, security, and the business.  However, for organizations that face the possibility of complex, targeted attacks, and need to know that they are prepared to face them early and aggressively, SIEM alone is not enough.  The sheer volume of information collected by the SIEM, combined with the inefficient methods of investigation and analysis, mean that attackers can stay one step ahead.  To handle advanced threats, you need a solution for threat detection and response that is designed and built from the ground up, to meet your organization’s specific requirements.  Read more in our post Is a SIEM Enough to Make a SOC? Six Key Requirements for a Successful Security Operations Center.

Threat Protection Buyer’s Guide

As threats grow more complex and security teams are stretched to the limit, a holistic approach to detection, investigation and response is essential to accelerating the path from detection to response. Designed by security analysts, for security analysts, Verint Threat Protection addresses the toughest challenges in cyber security today.

Verint Threat Protection System is the first unified, intelligence-driven platform that detects breaches across the attack chain, reveals the full storyline and revolutionizes the way cyber analysts work. Created by security pros, Verint automates cyber investigations to make analysts more effective. And with Verint’s multi-dimensional detection and proactive forensics, organizations can stop breaches faster than ever.

When evaluating Threat Detection and Response Solutions, check whether they include all of the capabilities you need:

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