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Invest in Cyber Terrain Strategy, Not Just the Solution

New research shows that IT and cybersecurity professionals are finally internalizing the importance of threat detection and response (TDR) solutions and it’s showing up as a top business priority within organizations. However, to be most impactful, this investment in threat detection and response must run alongside a deeper understanding of and continuous end-to-end visibility across the entire cyber terrain. Otherwise, organizations run the risk of nullifying progress made.

Today, more than 76% of organizations believe that threat detection and response is more difficult than it was two years ago due to an increase in the volume and sophistication of cyber-threats, an increasing cybersecurity workload, and a growing attack surface amongst other factors. SOC teams are simply overwhelmed by more responsibility, more threats and more tools to manage it all. This is huge challenge to overcome.

Keeping up with these challenges—even with a threat detection and response offering or security vendor— is next to impossible. To change the game, organizations must consider transitioning to threat-driven operations strategy. This institutionalizes threat detection and response best practices like rigorously mapping the cyber terrain, identifying vulnerabilities and supporting SOC teams in threat detection and response with an integrated tech stack that provides continuous end-to-end visibility solutions.

However, terrain visibility is only one half of the equation. From here, organizations must overlay an understanding of the operational threat on top of the full visibility they have gained. This allows analysts and operators to weigh several courses of action, informed by full knowledge of their terrain and detailed options for uncovering or responding to threats against their organization. These courses of action can be fully automated, or require human intervention to choose from one of several recommended best courses of action.

Companies who are truly want to prioritize threat detection and response should incorporate services like Fidelis Managed Detection and Response (MDR), which offers day and night protection across endpoints, network and cloud environments from a team of threat hunters, incident responders, and forensic experts. This takes the burden of creating and managing an expert security team off the company so they can focus on their own business priorities—and less attempting to decipher endless alerts and what threats are looming on the horizon, or worse, inside the network.

It’s problematic that only 57% of individuals are looking to integrate or add solutions or services to existing investments to support threat detection and response, yet nearly 87% of organizations report having a formal plan and funding to improve threat detection and response. If companies truly want to optimize their cybersecurity strategy, they must do more than just buy new solutions, or repurchase the latest iteration of existing solutions.

Organizations must realize that they can’t have impactful tools without a better knowledge of the environment those tools must work within. It’s akin to buying a new car before knowing where you’ll be driving. Are you off-roading or cruising the Autobahn?  If enterprises want to improve their threat detection and response approach, they must account for the terrain it will exist in. Invest in your entire threat detection and response strategy and not just the latest solution.

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