Anatomy of a Cyber Attack: Understanding the Role of Threat Hunting Technologies

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More than just hype, threat hunting is a legitimate and necessary tactic for modern cybersecurity practitioners. A recent threat hunting survey cited the top efficiency benefits from a threat hunting platform as reported by respondents were: improving the detection of advanced threats (72%), creating new ways of finding threats (68%), discovering threats they could not discover otherwise (67%), and reducing investigation time (66%).  

And the benefits of threat hunting impact your bottom line. The 2017 Ponemon Institute report showed that how quickly an organization contained a data breach had a direct effect on the financial impact. Case in point, the cost of a data breach was nearly $1 million lower for organizations that were able to contain the breach in less than thirty days. 

Looking to capitalize on the benefits, the security market has suddenly become crowded with solutions that all claim to offer threat hunting capabilities: EDR, DFIR, Behavior Analysis and FSA.

Understanding the differences between threat hunting tools and the role each plays in breach detection and prevention

Threat hunting with FSA or Forensic State Analysis offers a unique approach that is complimentary to other threat hunting approaches. It is not a replacement for alternative approaches like Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) or Digital Forensics and Incident Response (DFIR).

We’ve put together a white paper to help you understand the differences between these threat hunting tools and the role each plays in breach detection and prevention, and where solutions such as FSA fit within the tool belt of the hunter.

It explains FSA in more detail, such that hunt practitioners, security budget decision makers, and risk management leaders can understand why deep memory state analysis provides so much promise in the fight to stop adversaries from reaching their ultimate theft or damage objectives. It also introduces Infocyte HUNT, a threat hunting tool that offers post breach detection using Forensic State Analysis (FSA) to discover hidden threats and compromises within a network.