As attacks have grown in complexity, the need for defenders to employ effective automation has also increased, and cybersecurity teams have sought to respond accordingly by investing in tools that help eliminate the manual work associated with incident detection, analysis, and response.
As attacks have grown in complexity, the need for defenders to employ effective automation has also increased, and cybersecurity teams have sought to respond accordingly by investing in tools that help eliminate the manual work associated with incident detection, analysis, and response. (Courtesy of Attivo Networks)

Guest Editorial by Carolyn Crandall, Chief Deception Officer at Attivo Networks, a Returning Premier Sponsor for 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Awards

Cybercrime is always evolving, and as technology becomes more advanced, so too do the tactics employed by cybercriminals around the globe.

Today’s attackers often carry out attacks with the help of artificial intelligence and machine learning technology, which can enhance both their sophistication and speed.

Fortunately, cybercriminals are not the only ones utilizing automated processes.

As attacks have grown in complexity, the need for defenders to employ effective automation has also increased, and cybersecurity teams have sought to respond accordingly by investing in tools that help eliminate the manual work associated with incident detection, analysis, and response.

Automated Threat Detection Tools

There has been a significant increase in security tools that have incorporated automation to try to identify attacks.

Many of these use various levels of artificial intelligence to pattern match or attempt to detect anomalous behavior.

This capability can be useful in accelerating detection, but many security teams find this approach challenging because it requires a baseline, time to tune, and ongoing refinement.

Throughout this process, the number of false positives generated can negate much of the operational efficiencies gained.

Alternatively, security teams have realized efficiency gains in the use of machine learning for automating the deployment of security solutions.

An example of this is with deception technology, where the solution self-learns the environment and then automatically proposes the decoy configurations and credentials so that the deceptions match production assets and users.

This automatic configuration saves on both the time to deploy as well as eliminating mistakes during the customizations.

(Threat Detection is a universal challenge for organizations of all sizes and from all industries. Traditional security controls are failing and the cybersecurity community needs a new approach for detecting threats early and accurately. Briefly explore how deception technology is solving organization’s threat detection challenges through the narrative of our wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing. Courtesy of Attivo Networks and YouTube. Posted on Mar 18, 2020.)

Augmenting Detection Tools with Automatic Response Capabilities

Reducing dwell time—the amount of time between when intruders enter the network and when the organization detects them—limits the potential damage an attacker can cause.

Unfortunately, most of today’s detection tools will simply alert on a live attack.

Because they don’t have a way to engage the adversary, they can only gather limited information about the attacker.

InfoSec teams must then conduct manual investigations to gain actionable adversary intelligence and correlate attack data for triage.

These investigations take time, as those involved will need to research various logs and tools to find additional indicators of compromise (IoCs) and to gather more information to identify the origin and extent of the attack.

There are considerable benefits organizations can gain by gathering information about an attack as it occurs.

  • Charting the attack path and point of origin provides valuable information, as does determining the tools the attacker is using to gain insight into their targets and intent.

  • Correlating this information from the attack as well as gathering information from the point of compromise can require considerable time and effort when done manually.

Fortunately, there are now in-network security controls capable of performing this function automatically, providing defenders with a high-fidelity alert as well as verified, high-quality information that allows them to respond to an incident more quickly and effectively.

One approach to gathering and correlating this information is through the use of Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), which can work well when log data is available, and the system is appropriately tuned.

Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) solutions can also help in providing endpoint forensics and other telemetry information.

Their ability to isolate an infected system will also mitigate the spread of an attack.

(Hear from Carolyn Crandall and Tony Cole on Attivo Networks’ newest product Endpoint Detection Net, which tackles endpoint security challenges head-on by making every endpoint a decoy designed to disrupt an attacker’s ability to break out and further infiltrate the network. Courtesy of Attivo Networks and YouTube. Posted on Feb 28, 2020.)

Another preferred control is deception technology because it identifies TTPs, IoCs, and other forensic information that security teams can use to automate both the analysis and the correlation of attack data.

Additionally, deception can automate incident response actions, such as isolating an infected endpoint or blocking the affected network segment through built-in integrations with existing security controls.

Security teams can also gain operational efficiencies by automatically sharing attack data with their SIEM, EDR, and other controls to accelerate threat hunting and containment.

Automation requires accuracy and confidence in the alert

Substantiated alerts are a critical aspect of automated tools.

Security teams hesitate to automate responses because many detection tools suffer from low signal-to-noise ratios.

They cannot risk business disruption because of a false positive alert.

By relying on tools with substantiated alerts, defenders can be more confident automating responses with less additional investigation time.

Defenders can even go one step further, using IoCs gathered from the initial alert to identify other victims of the attack.

Many organizations are turning to Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) platforms to maximize information sharing and response automation.

SOAR platforms are similar to SIEMs but include workflow automation to enable information exchange and playbook execution.

These workflows can include sharing information with firewalls, EDR solutions, Network Access Controls (NACs), SIEMs, and others.

This level of automation can help reduce information sharing time and the potential for human error while resulting in significant improvements to both attack recognition and response time.

It is notable that at the Gartner 2019 Security Summits that Gorka Sadowski, Senior Director Analyst, highlighted the use case of deception in SOAR platforms, driven by the fidelity of the alerts and the readiness for automation.

Prompt Remediation and the Restoral of Services are Critical

Detecting, responding, and quickly recovering from an incident are critical for ensuring uninterrupted business operations.

Adding automation can be extremely valuable for reducing the time needed to detect and resolve alerts, creating a framework for consistent and repeatable processes, optimizing the utilization of resources, and reducing the need for human intervention.

It also comes with the benefit of unifying security tools and workflow operations.

Given the increased use of automation and AI by attackers, it is a critical time to invest in automation for streamlining detection, analysis, and incident response workflows and for seeking efficiency improvements in overall security operations.

About the Author 

Carolyn Crandall has over 25 years of experience in building emerging technology markets in security, networking, and storage industries.

Carolyn (Trindade) Crandall, Chief Deception Officer and CMO at Attivo Networks
Carolyn (Trindade) Crandall, Chief Deception Officer and CMO at Attivo Networks

In her current role at Attivo Networks, she focuses on educating organizations on how to build deception-based visibility and defense programs that are designed to reduce cyber risk across today’s expanding attack surfaces and tactics used by advanced cyber criminals.

She is an active speaker, blogger, and byline contributor with a focus on cybersecurity innovation and information technology challenges.

Ms. Crandall was also recognized as the recipient of CEO Magazine’s 2019 Business Women of the Year Award, awarded exclusively to a group of C-suite women that have been influential in elevating their business to the next level whilst also promoting equality for all women within the sector and beyond.

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2019 'ASTORS' Awards Program Banquet Luncheon
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Carolyn Crandall, Chief Deception Officer and CMO, of Attivo Networks, was recognized for the company's groundbreaking cyber technology innovations in the 2018 'ASTORS' Homeland Security Awards Program with record Seven Award Recognitions and a coveted 2018 'Extraordinary Leadership Award.'
Carolyn Crandall, Chief Deception Officer and CMO, Attivo Networks, was recognized for the company’s groundbreaking cyber technology innovations in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program with record number of Award Recognitions and a coveted 2018 ‘Extraordinary Leadership Award.’

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