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Cybersecurity often feels like a never-ending game of cat and mouse. Cyber threat hunting is a vital skill for the chase. As solutions get better at stopping attacks, our cybercriminal opponents have often already developed and started utilizing new tactics and techniques.

Advanced threats can lurk in our environment undetected, often for months, while they stealthily look to gather valuable information to steal or data to compromise. If you wait until these cyber threats become visible or an alert to be generated by traditional SOC monitoring tools, it can be too late. Cyber threat hunting can help combat these challenges. Rather than waiting for an alert, threat hunters proactively assume that an invader already operates inside the network and works to find them. 

Cyber Threat Hunting Explained for Business IT Needs

Threat hunting is defined by Acme Business partner SentinelOne as “the process of searching across networks and endpoints to identify threats that evade security controls before they can execute an attack or fulfill their goals.”

Rather than simply relying on security solutions to detect threats, cyber threat hunting is a proactive approach to finding threats hidden in your business network. This process involves making hypotheses on the existence of potential threats, which are then either confirmed or disproven on the basis of collected data and analysis.

How This Proactive Approach to Cybersecurity Works

Threat hunting is also quite a different activity from both incident response and digital forensics. The purpose of DF/IR methodologies is to determine what happened after a breach was discovered. In contrast, when a business IT team engages in threat hunting, the aim is to search for attacks that may have already slipped through your defensive layers.

On average, cybercriminals spend 191 days inside a network before being discovered, and that’s more than enough time to cause some damage.

What If You Aren’t Proactive with Your Cybersecurity?

Simply put, if you aren’t looking for threats inside your network, you may never know they are there. What if the attackers lock you out of the systems before you notice that you are under attack? What if bad actors online steal your data (or worse, your clients’ data and personal information) without you even knowing? With an efficient cyber threat hunting program, you don’t have to stress over these nightmare cybersecurity scenarios.

Threat hunting is human-driven, repetitive, adaptive and systematic. It effectively reduces damage and overall risk to YOUR organization as you do business in the most effective venue: the digital realm. It proactively enables cybersecurity professionals to respond to incidents more rapidly than would otherwise be possible, while limiting the probability of attackers being able to cause damage to YOUR organization, its systems and its data in the first place.

Contact Acme Business Today to Add Cyber Threat Hunting to Your Business IT Plans

The creation and upkeep of any business cybersecurity program can be overwhelming. Acme Business in Olean, NY offers managed IT services that can lead or assist with all your security needs. Our team of fully certified experts are ready to protect your business from ALL the dangers lurking in the digital world.

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