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The cyber community has more tools and techniques than any time in history, and yet cyber-attacks are still successful.

That’s according to a new Bricata white paper we just published called Natural Network Threat Hunting Emerging as One Key to Modern Cybersecurity. It’s not just that these attacks are succeeding, it’s that they are happening “in increasingly large numbers.”

According to the paper:

“The latest Verizon Breach Investigations Report hit another high in 2017, tracking 42,068 cyber incidents that resulted in 1,935 breaches at monitored organizations. The same was true of the annual Identity Theft Resource Center Year End Data Breach Review, which saw an uptick of 44.7 percent in the number of tracked breaches over the 2016 numbers.”

Why is this happening? Simply stated it’s because even while the tools and techniques the community currently has are effective in defending against most attacks, a small percentage are savvy enough to elude those counter-measures.

Sophisticated attacks are managed by sophisticated threat actors. This is the catalyst behind threat hunting – the idea that in a zero-trust environment threats are already inside the network waiting for the perfect moment to initiate an attack. To find these hidden threats, security analysts use a combination of threat intel, data and intuition to examine areas of interest.

1) The Security Talent Shortage Persists 

As the white paper puts it, there’s clearly a “lack of people.” The paper cites some research:

“Estimates put the shortfall at anywhere between 1.8 million to 3.5 million open cybersecurity positions in the next five years.”

The shortage isn’t just affecting business but government too which competes at scale for the same talent. The government is getting creative in its quest to overcome the talent shortage:

“According to a recent report by The Pew Charitable Trusts, both federal and state governments are turning to retired military personnel, students and other non-traditional workers to fill cybersecurity seats, then spending a lot of money on training them how to respond to threats.”

Technology has long promised people they can do more with less, but it’s an imperative in the era of threat hunting.

2) There’s a Skills Shortage in Cybersecurity Too

The paper points out that one of the biggest problems in security isn’t technology, it’s training:

“What good are 1,000 hammers if you only have two or three people to swing them?”

Some of the smartest security leaders in the space have found a way to turn threat hunting into a professional development and mentoring program that advances the skills of junior analysts.

Technology for threat hunting must be familiar to the junior analysts, without sacrificing the capabilities senior analysts need.

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Bricata is a cybersecurity solutions provider that combines a powerful network threat hunting platform into a comprehensive threat detection and prevention solution to help determine the true scope and severity threats. Bricata simplifies network threat hunting by identifying hidden threats using specifically designed hunting workflows that use detailed metadata provided clearly and eases your transition from the known to unknown malicious activities in conjunction with an advanced threat detection and prevention platform which detects zero-day malware conviction.

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