A Next-Generation Cybersecurity Response Strategy: Triaging Threats

triaging cyber threatsOrganizations can’t stop all intrusions to its networks, so the focus on cybersecurity has shifted from a reactive to a proactive mindset. Today, cybersecurity officers concentrate on developing methods that ensure disturbances to an organization will have little to no impact on users and data.

To do this, many IT teams have adopted technologies that detect and alert users of anomalous behavior, breaches, and viruses. However, this capability leads many organizations to “alert fatigue,” a type of exhaustion especially noticeable in government agencies where many departments don’t have dedicated incident-response teams to prioritize and respond to every alarm.

So how can already overstretched IT teams keep up with all of the alerts – any of which could signal a major compromise of their system? The answer is trifold and consists of a combination of prioritized response, more advanced response teams, and faster threat assessment.

Prioritizing Threats

Many organizations purchase cybersecurity tools that look for and alert IT teams to network breaches. While this is a great first step toward proactive cybersecurity, employees must then investigate each alert and determine its significance to overall network security. This process is time consuming and, since it’s driven by humans, error-prone.

To counter this, agencies should consider solutions that prioritize alerts automatically and send alarms based on predetermined threat vectors. This system of triaging helps agencies decide which threats to respond to first based on the level of importance. Plus, automating threat prioritization removes the risk of human error from triage, ensuring that threats are being prioritized correctly.

Agentless Incident-Response Team

The cybersecurity talent gap in government is widening. Many organizations struggle to hire enough IT experts at all, let alone specially trained staff for incident response and forensic analysis. Even if organizations deploy advanced analytics tools, most don’t have the human capital needed to effectively operate them.

By deploying an agentless security solution, organizations can automate threat detection, enabling employees with less cyber training to respond appropriately to threats that have already been prioritized based on the severity and potential impact to the network. Through threat automation, organizations are able to form effective, agent-free incident-response teams, even if they lack adequate manpower. This is key in a world of increasingly complex threats and a shortage of cyber professionals.

Faster Threat Assessment

With CDM Phase 3 (Boundary Protection and Event Management for Managing the Security Lifecycle) ramping up across government, federal agencies must proactively plan for response to cyber events. They must develop auditing and monitoring technologies as well as create risk management plans. Threat-prioritization solutions should play a role in any agency’s CDM Phase 3 strategy to take the pressure off overstretched teams that are being asked to respond more rapidly to incoming threats.

Basis Technology’s Cyber Triage improves the ability of government agencies to respond faster to threats, address their most pressing issues and develop automated incident responses. Cyber Triage is a threat-prioritization system and response solution that empowers agencies to get an in-depth picture of potentially compromised endpoints without requiring analysis from forensic experts.

Triage technology collects data from endpoints, analyzes it for suspicious activity, reviews it in the context of user activity and settings, and determines the scope of the incident using information from other endpoints. Agentless collection makes it easy to capture the data a team needs, even if the organization is decentralized. Cyber Triage’s ease of use and agentless approach simplifies threat response for government by investigating prioritized alerts to make the first response count.

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