September 10, 2020 • The Recorded Future Team
As the attack surface grows, security operations and incident response teams are seeing more and more security alerts each day. With too little time and not enough information, it’s difficult to determine where to focus first for maximum risk reduction. Analysts spend many valuable cycles looking for information on the open and dark web to find only incomplete pieces of what they need — resulting in missed threats and slow responses.
Digital Transformation Requires Actionable Intelligence
For years, these teams have relied on security technology to collect, correlate, and analyze security event logs from a variety of sources across their network environments. These tools were built to help them quickly detect and respond to threats, while streamlining reporting and post-incident investigation.
Yet, as organizations continue to embrace new technologies to fuel their digital transformations, the attack surface continues to expand and the volume of security alerts puts more stress on already overworked security professionals. Security operations and incident response teams face the following key challenges with their SIEM, SOAR, TIP technologies:
- The Challenge With SIEMs: Alert Fatigue — SIEMs generate thousands of security alerts each day. This is far too much information for analysts to research and process manually. And without outside context, SIEMs only alert on internal data — leaving organizations unaware of external threats that could be targeting them. To effectively respond to the multitude of SIEM alerts generated each day, security operations analysts need a way to prioritize alerts efficiently in order to maximize risk reduction.
- The Challenge With SOARs: Automation Without Action — Orchestration and automation are key drivers for digital transformation, enabling organizations to optimize existing processes, reduce costs, fill personnel gaps, and gain a competitive edge. Recognizing these clear benefits, security teams are embracing security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) technology to collect and analyze threat data from multiple sources and automate repeatable incident response tasks. But, for SOAR solutions to work effectively, they require a series of defined playbooks designed to describe threats and how to handle them using automated security workflows. These playbooks are only as smart and effective as the data used to construct them. Without actionable, real-time data on active and emerging threats, it’s impossible to effectively and proactively reduce risk.
- The Challenge With TIPs: Manual Analysis — Analysts are expected to gain and maintain situational awareness of their external threat landscape, but this requires high-quality, real-time intelligence from multiple sources. TIPs provide an avenue for consolidating and integrating this overwhelming amount of threat data, but for TIPs to be truly effective, they also require security teams to have the expertise to analyze the data and identify trends relevant to their organization. A TIP is only as good as the intelligence you feed it, so analysts must prioritize intelligence sources that will enable them to optimize their workflows and decision-making.
SecOps Intelligence Module
Recorded Future’s SecOps Intelligence Module enables security operations and incident response analysts to identify previously unknown threats and respond confidently — without any manual research. Recorded Future automates the collection, analysis, and production of elite security intelligence at scale to drive accelerated responses across vast amounts of data. By centralizing and continuously updating intelligence in real time, the Recorded Future Security Intelligence Platform empowers security operations and incident response analysts to immediately access and easily integrate actionable context into SIEM, SOAR, and TIP technologies.
Armed with real-time risk scores and key evidence for indicators, security operations and incident response analysts are able to quickly discount false positives, determine which alerts to prioritize, and easily dive into more information when further investigation is required. By eliminating the need to manually aggregate, correlate, and analyze information, Recorded Future’s SecOps Intelligence Module empowers analysts to:
- Triage Alerts Faster — Analysts are inherently limited by how much research they’re able to perform for a given alert. There are only so many sources they have time to consult before they need to come to a verdict. SecOps intelligence empowers analysts to see which alerts need to be prioritized based on a real-time risk score that is backed by transparent evidence.
- Detect Threats Confidently — The explosive growth of indicators makes detecting real threats extremely resource-intensive for already overwhelmed security teams. SecOps intelligence connects the dots between the broadest range and variety of sources across every language. This intelligence and critical context enables analysts to automatically analyze and identify IOCs related to phishing attacks, malware, and more — empowering security teams to automate responses and reduce risk for the organization.
- Prevent Threats Instantly — With so many indicators, threat feeds have to be high confidence and high fidelity in order to be actionable. SecOps intelligence arms them with proprietary, evidence-based findings to automatically block high-risk indicators to minimize false positive blocking, automate incident response, and improve overall security posture.
SecOps intelligence accelerates detection, decision-making, and response times by positioning elite intelligence at the center of your security workflows and technologies. See the Recorded Future SecOps Intelligence Module in action right now, See Recorded Future’s SecOps Intelligence Module in action right now — watch the short, on-demand webinar, “Disrupting Adversaries With SecOps Intelligence.”