In 2016 the cyber landscape reached new heights with advanced attack methods, increased levels of sophistication and escalated frequency of adversary activity. As technically astute and often well-funded hackers continue to deploy new, constantly evolving techniques, organizations are too often focusing their efforts on detecting known threats, or Indicators of Compromise (IoC). This reactive approach doesn’t account for mutating or unknown malware, living-off-the-land techniques or new variants being deployed.
As hackers become more innovative, so must organization’s capabilities to protect their networks with next-generation, proactive approaches to prevention, detection and response, and remediation.
There are five core components to effective endpoint cybersecurity on all of these fronts:
The cloud enables the collection and analysis of billions of security events in real time that sharpens machine learning algorithms, IoA-based prevention, and detection and response capabilities. Ultimately, this leads to faster, more agile and more comprehensive defenses.
In order to stay ahead of today’s skilled hackers and evolving techniques, organizations must shift their cybersecurity approach to focus on these proactive methods – from IoAs and cloud-based endpoint security to machine learning and managed hunting teams. By unifying these crucial elements, organizations will have a significant advantage over the adversaries that target them.
About the Author
Amol Kulkarni is a seasoned engineering executive with extensive experience building large-scale big data enterprise cloud platforms, consumer cloud services and enterprise products while knitting together world class, high performing global engineering teams. Amol is currently the Vice President of Engineering for CrowdStrike, overseeing the company’s engineering organization and customer facing technology infrastructure. Prior to joining CrowdStrike, Amol held numerous senior positions at Microsoft (News - Alert). Most recently, he was responsible for the knowledge platform in Bing that’s driving significant gains for Bing’s U.S. search market share. Amol also held senior roles in Windows Azure and BizTalk Server, helping reduce COGs and improve developer productivity.