Cybersecurity often feels like a never-ending game of cat and mouse. 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 threats become visible or an alert is generated by traditional SOC monitoring tools, it can be too late. 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 operates to find their existence. 

Threat hunting is defined by Acme Business partner, SentinelOne, as “We define threat hunting 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, threat hunting is a proactive approach to finding threats hidden in your 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.

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 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.

Merely stated, 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? With an efficient threat hunting program, you don’t have to stress over such possibilities.

Threat hunting is human-driven, repetitive, adaptive, and systematic. Hence, it effectively reduces damage and overall risk to an organization, as its proactive nature enables security professionals to respond to incidents more rapidly than would otherwise be possible. It reduces the probability of an attacker being able to cause damage to an organization, its systems, and its data.

Creating and the upkeep of any cyber security program for a business can become overwhelming. Acme Business offers managed IT services that can assist with all your security needs. Their team of fully certified experts are ready to protect your business from cyber threats.