Security Threat Hunting

Gartner Article

Threat hunting has emerged as a proven method for organizations seeking to move from a reactive to proactive mode to further solidify their security and monitoring operations. However, it is important to assess your organization’s needs and the maturity of your current security and risk management program before proceeding.

IT security and risk managers can no longer solely rely on threat detection tools to uncover hidden, advanced threats due to the automated program based heavily on rules and algorithms.

So what does a threat hunter do differently? The key differences lie in the approach:
  1. Being Proactive and taking action before the intrusion alerts, not before the intrusion occurrence.
  2. Not relying on detection programs and building your own conclusions based on evidences and hints.
  3. Uncovering hidden threats using a variety of analytical tools
  4. Closely inspecting the entire IT ecosystem for traces of breach to gather clues
  5. Thinking outside the box and not afraid to take on any side quests in pursuit of intruder evidence
  6. Enhancing their knowledge on both the organization’s IT environment and advanced threats to outsmart an attacker

Threat hunting is mostly suited to well-resourced security organizations facing persistent and stealthy threats. If you are worried about residual risk after an attack or if detection programs have failed to alert you of threats, then you may want to consider getting started with a consultant at the first instance. 

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