Safeguard a Borderless Workforce
Protecting organizational data and assets from compromise used to mean that IT organizations built a strong perimeter
defense and monitored those walls for weaknesses or impending attack. Today’s mobile workforce, combined with the
security complications presented by hosting apps and data in a cloud environment, obliterated any semblance of a defensible border.
Today, information security professionals must protect a borderless, uncontained collection of employees, contractors
and partners – all using multiple devices from anywhere, at any time – from outside and within the secure boundaries of the corporate network.
Powerful analysis capabilities offered by machine learning, statistical models and threat signatures are driving a new breed of security tools that detect anomalies to prevent cybercrime – perpetrated by both unknown and insider threat actors.
These systems generally are cloud-based, providing them with the computing power required to keep up with the constant monitoring and machine learning iterations necessary for the platform. The baselines are built by models operating on key data from logs, netflow and packet streams — anything that characterizes an entity’s IT behavior.
Detect attacks by spotting small changes in behavior that may indicate evasion of traditional security defenses. Pinpoint abnormal behavior that, aggregated over time and put into context, will reveal a gestating attack.
User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA)
UEBA, first defined by Gartner in 2015, aggregates data, analyzes it for threats and provides alerts. In addition to ingesting and analyzing logs from data repositories, UEBA systems are highly sophisticated in that they also watch user accounts and endpoint devices for behavior deviations, analyzing file, flow, and packet information in applications and traversing the network.
UEBA systems rely on established baselines and patterns for user behavior to spot anomalies and warn about potential exploits. This makes it more effective at identifying threats that originate on the inside, such as from a disgruntled employee trying to exfiltrate sensitive files or an external threat actor who uses stolen valid credentials to launch command-and-control attacks while posing as an authorized user.
Secure Your Future
By Brad Pierce, Structured Managing Director of Security, CISSP/CISA/PCIP — Zero Trust is a philosophy, a journey. No one manufacturer or security product will get you where you’re going. It will take all of your technologies, and likely some new ones, to arrive at a Zero Trust architecture. Trust is dead, long live trust! Zero…