What are compromise assessment and threat hunting in cybersecurity?
Compromise assessment and threat hunting is an essential steps in a cybersecurity team’s ability to identify threats and vulnerabilities long before they become active threats. As evidenced by the increase in data breaches, existing technologies are no longer sufficient to stop threats from penetrating your perimeter.
Cybercrime damage is expected to reach $6 trillion annually this year. To avoid any cybercrime damage to your company’s data and security systems, it is important to be familiar with the various cybersecurity strategies available.
AMAN Solutions have explained many Articles about; what a penetration test is, and why it’s essential to include this in risk-based management strategies. Many clients need additional services once a penetration test is completed and the reports technical findings have been addressed.
What is a compromise assessment and what does it do?
A compromise assessment is a survey of a network to identify security holes, malware and signs of unauthorized access. The assessment aims to identify attackers who are active or have been active in recent years. This assessment is often done after a security incident to identify potential future cyber attacks and authenticate that the organization is secure.
A typical compromise assessment plan uses specific software and scripts and forensic information to detect previously unknown breaches or problems. It is widely used to detect all known variants of malware and remote access tools and identify security breaches. The ultimate goal is to conduct a full forensic investigation and assist in developing a proper incident response plan.
Organizations can benefit from a thorough trade-off assessment program that helps organizations develop sound risk mitigation strategies. A solid compromise assessment plan is effective even as malware intrusions increase. Many malware, such as botnets, are sophisticated and tend to go undetected and unnoticed in your system. Organizations that conduct regular compromise assessments can help protect against such attacks.
What is threat hunting, and what does it accomplish?
Threat hunting in cyber security is a proactive investigation of security networks, endpoints, and data assets to detect suspicious or malicious activity that could harm an organization. Cyber threat hunters search for vulnerabilities in the system by comparing previously collected and recent data to identify and classify potential threats to the network security systems.
This proactive approach helps organizations protect themselves from cyberattacks by helping them build their defenses. Cyber threat hunting sessions usually start with something other than an alert or an indicator of compromise.
An organization’s security network is dependent on a proactive cyber threat-hunting program. This method helps counter sophisticated cybercriminal techniques often overlooked by traditional security tools and methods. Threat hunting is a combination between human intervention and AI-powered machines. It effectively reduces the organization’s overall risks and damages. Its proactive nature allows security professionals to quickly mitigate incidents and reduce the likelihood of a cyber threat actor causing damage to an organization’s data or integrity.
Which is better for an organization’s better security? Threat hunting or Compromise assessment.
The key to deciding between threat hunting or compromise assessment is a self-analysis. The key element in defining your security network is that you will integrate it into your security system.
It remains to be asked: Have you been attacked? Or are you vulnerable to being attacked?
A compromise assessment is a tool that can use to help any organization detect security breaches or other cyber incidents. This assessment can identify potential signs of security compromises and help to determine any lingering effects of a cyberattack.
On the other hand, cyber threat hunting is an ongoing process of asking, “Can I be attacked?”. Cyber threat hunting assists organizations in building robust security networks. It maps out potential security threats and recommends the best mitigation strategies. Threat hunting precedes compromise assessments because threat hunting allows security teams to identify threats and vulnerabilities in systems long before they become active threats.
According to the 2021 Cost Of A Data Breach Report by Ponemon Institute, IBM Security, data breaches cost companies, on average, $4.24 million. Organizations need to go beyond basic endpoint security measures such as;
So, organizations must have strong security measures to prevent compromise assessments and threat hunting both.
Protect your organization using these cyber defence solutions
Threat Hunting & Compromise Assessments
Threat hunting is a proactive approach that is combined with a thorough penetration test, while compromise assessment is a reactive process that offers solutions for compromised assets. Aman offers compromise assessments to identify any unknown malware, security breaches, and unauthorized access signs. We find evidence of any potential threats and note down the Indicators of Compromise (IoC). Threat hunting is a phase-2 approach, which finds possible threats that might lead to a breach.
Incident Management & Response
Aman offers a systematic strategy that ensures your organization has the resources and protocols in place to address any security breaches and cyber defence incidents. The main goal of this cyber defence service is to get control of the situation, identify security threats, limit any damage caused, and reduce costs and time for recovery. We offer formal documentation that analyses and describes the incident response protocol in detail for easier implementation, including analysis, detection, preparation, containment methods, and clean-up after the incident.
Security Operations Consultancy
Static technology and cyber defence will eventually be prone to risk with the ever-evolving cyberattacks. We provide the necessary precision and intelligence protocols you need to stop unknown threats. These comprehensive solutions can help you prepare in the long term for cyber defence. Our end-to-end, multi-level cyber defence security operations consultancy can create a response architecture system that leverages the latest technology and ethical use of the dark web for accurate and rapid response and insights.
With hyper-convergence and digital transformation, there are many gateways that could create vulnerabilities, failures, risks, and attacks for your cyber defence. Our cyber resilience protocols can ensure your organization is able to withstand and prevent cyber security incidents. You will be able to have a stronger cyber defence to protect data or critical applications, defend against risks, and recover from failures and breaches. You will also be able to reduce your costs and time for recovery.
How it works:
Aman cyber security specialists begin by identifying indicators that indicate compromise. They then use risk-prioritized results to conduct in-depth investigations into specific threats. The compromise assessment report is then delivered. It contains the investigation findings and provides guidance on reducing the network’s attack surface and mitigating the risks from compromised data. An assessment of digital vulnerability to threats such as;
- Sabotage and data exfiltration
- Command-and-control activities
- Malware mechanisms.
User authentication abnormalities do order companies to respond appropriately.
Financial consequences can be severe for organizations if services are disrupted, applications are unavailable, or data is lost. It all comes down to your goal when deciding between threat hunting and compromise assessment. You will need a compromise assessment if your goal is to eliminate unknown breaches. Threat hunting might be the best option if you want to detect anomalies. Contact us today if you have questions about threat hunting or compromise assessments.