Cyber threat intelligence is key to combating the ever-increasing risk of cyberattacks. Unfortunately, cybersecurity strategies that worked yesterday won’t necessarily work today. IT Security decision-makers need to constantly evolve their approach to keep up with the latest cyber threats. In this post, we’ll look at Extended Detection and Response (XDR), the next generation of threat intelligence solutions.
Post-pandemic, businesses are higher profile targets
Every time there’s a major breach, cybersecurity experts see a jump in cybersecurity inquiries. The most recent major pipeline attack was no exception, but the high-profile nature of this event isn’t the only reason security teams are nervous.
The COVID-19 global pandemic saw an unprecedented acceleration in cloud adoption and migrations as businesses sought to provide access to essential applications to a growing number of remote workers. Migration projects that might have been carried out over three years were condensed into a couple of months.
Many organizations didn’t have time to fully transition to the cloud environment during the pandemic, so IT has been left managing a hybrid environment that is more complex than ever. Without the proper risk management considerations, this may empower major threat actors on the dark web.
More remote workers also translate into a spike in the number of devices (endpoints) used to access mission-critical systems. Since IT doesn’t always have complete control over the devices used by remote workers, security has become a hot topic in the past year.
How many cybersecurity tools do you need?
Many businesses present a larger target for cyber thieves than they did in 2019 and IT professionals need to be sure they’re using the right tools to limit the organization’s exposure. Choosing best-of-breed solutions is a popular strategy as these tools often appear to be the most feature-rich.
Unfortunately, a best-of-breed approach can lead to a proliferation of tools and data. In a recent survey of CISOs, Gartner found that 78 percent have 16 or more tools in their cybersecurity toolbox. Another 12 percent have more than 46 or more.
Imagine being a SOC analyst trying to manage your organization’s security profile across all those screens. (Some of you probably don’t need to imagine it.) Recent data from IBM Research underscores the problem.
In 2020, the average time to contain and remediate a breach was 280 days. That’s more than nine months. All those tools serving up all that data can make identifying the real issue like finding a needle in a stack of needles.
XDR: a comprehensive threat management platform
In a nutshell, XDR collects and analyzes raw data from across an enterprise to identify potential advanced threats. Across the enterprise is key here. With XDR, your security intelligence analyst can access data from across the enterprise, including cloud workloads, network traffic, edge routers, databases, etc., to provide a broad picture of security threat data.
In addition to collecting data, XDR uses advanced analytics to identify and profile threats and recommend the appropriate response. This cuts down on the number of false positives as well as the potential for missed threats.
In a recent webinar, TierPoint experts discussed the value of Extended Detection and Response (XDR) and how XDR fits in with other security platforms like MDR (Managed Detection and Response), SIEM (Security Information and Event Management), SOAR (Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response), and EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response).
Empowering your IT Staff with XDR
XDR does not replace IT personnel, but it can empower them with the types of threat intelligence tools they need to mitigate cyber risks. But even with an XDR platform in place, staffing can be a limiting factor for many IT organizations. Cybersecurity professionals continue to be in high demand and limited supply.
That’s why we created TierPoint CleanIP™ XDR, a unified security incident detection and response platform that combines visibility with security analysts and engineers who can provide world-class SOC (Security Operations Center) services. TierPoint CleanIP™ XDR is a three-pronged attack against cyber threats:
A patented and distributed correlation engine identifies internal and external threats before they result in an infection or data breach.
Our SOC team provides in-depth, real-time incident response guidance. Think of us as a proactive and on-call extension of your staff.
For systems housed in a TierPoint-managed environment, clients can request that our team respond and remediate threats directly.
Because every organization has a unique risk profile and its own set of cybersecurity staffing challenges, we offer two configurations:
Daily Cybersecurity Review (DCR)
This option is designed for those organizations that just want a safety net. This daily review includes:
- A manual review by our analysts of all incidents for hidden threats, suspicious trends, and cross-comparison
- Augmented notifications with known threat indicators, country of origin, and additional curated threat intelligence
- In-depth response guidance embedded with critical alerts, including background information and recommended steps to investigate and respond
- Expert security consultation to help implement response and remediation recommendations
- Executive summary reports highlighting the number of events, incidents, and notifications processed for the previous month as well as analyst reviews and escalations
For organizations with more significant gaps in their security posture, we provide enhanced security services that include everything in the DCR as well as:
- 24×7 High-Severity Incident Investigation – Analysts manually investigate high-severity incidents immediately and notify the client of any required action within 30 minutes.
- 24×7 Emergency Severity Incident Assistance – Emergency incidents are confirmed by our automated analytics and SOC team. An automated alert is sent to the client within 3 minutes, followed by a call from one of our analysts, within 30 minutes, to help ensure the proper response.
- Daily Cybersecurity Reviews are performed for Enhanced SOC clients before 8 a.m. EST daily.
Improve your threat intelligence with XDR
Are you considering a solution to improve your threat intelligence? We can help. Download the CleanIP XDR fact sheet to learn more about our solution or reach out to us to discuss how TierPoint CleanIP XDR can help you reduce your cyber risk profile.