We all know threat detection is important, but what exactly is it, and why is it so hard to do effectively? In light of recent cyber attacks on U.S. infrastructure and the ongoing threat from the group behind the SolarWinds breach, these questions loom large.
As they say, the best defense begins with the best offense. In this case, the best offense is dynamic threat detection that includes the following strategies:
1. Continuous monitoring
Immediate and evolving threats call for constant vigilance, not just a traditional point-in-time check-in every few months. Attackers can strike at any time, making continuous monitoring of your potential attack surface a must.
BitSight for Security Performance Management continuously monitors the status of your network and provides real-time feedback based on detailed attack surface analytics. You’ll immediately be alerted to vulnerabilities and potential anomalies across your entire network environment––on-premises, in the cloud, and remote offices.
Continuous monitoring is especially important as your application ecosystem expands and grows. As more applications are added, it’ll become increasingly difficult to keep track of risk. With continuous monitoring, you can constantly expose and identify areas of risk that bad actors look to exploit.
2. Cybersecurity analytics
Once you’ve implemented continuous monitoring, strive to improve your cybersecurity posture over time. Future improvements can be gained through analytics that explore how your organization is doing in comparison with peers, known vulnerabilities in your supply chain, user behaviors, and other factors.
BitSight Security Ratings uses these and other analytics to assess the current state of your organization’s cybersecurity efforts. With a simple numerical score, you can get an accurate representation of how well (or not) you’re able to withstand a potential attack. Improvements can be made based on the analysis, leading to higher scores over time. A higher score means a more secure environment.