Top 5 Threat Hunting Myths: “Threat Hunting Is Just a Fad”

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The cybersecurity landscape is in a constant state of change and, as many organizations have learned, it’s no longer a matter of if you’ll face a cyberattack, but when. In today’s world, attackers intentionally look normal to evade automated defenses. With the rise of ransomware, fileless and non-malware attacks, it’s harder than ever to protect your endpoints with confidence.  

To prevent this, threat hunting has emerged as an essential process for organizations to preempt destructive attacks. This process is a proactive approach to cybersecurity that identifies gaps in defenses and stops attacks before they go too deep.

While it may seem aggressive to work on the “assumption of breach” — that attackers are already inside an organization’s network and are covertly monitoring and moving throughout it — the reality is that attackers may be inside a network for days, weeks and even months on end, preparing and executing attacks, without any automated defense detecting their presence.

The bottom line is this: The adversary is hunting for your security gaps…why aren’t you?

Unfortunately, there is a lot of confusion around threat hunting that is preventing professionals from being proactive and getting the most out of their investments.  For this reason, we want to help debunk some of the most common myths about threat hunting. 


Last week we talked about the fourth myth—”Threat Hunting is Too Expensive“—and this week we’re going to tackle myth #5.

Myth 5 — “Threat Hunting is Just a Fad”

Not really. Hunting for threats/gaps in security technology has always been important, even if it wasn’t labeled “threat hunting.” We’ve always found new ways to outsmart the adversary and keep our systems secure. Threat hunting programs are simply a way to measure how effective you are at doing this. It’s nothing new — proactivity has always been a strong approach.

Traditionally, it was hard to collect the right data, or use the right tools, to investigate before, during and after an attack. But now, with the development of advanced technology — like the cloud — we can. Today, threat hunting has become much easier because of the granularity of visibility that is available. These improvements are like the invention of the light bulb, places that were hidden before become illuminated and can be quickly addressed. As threats evolve, so does the technology that combats them, and so should your security processes. And the industry reflects this. In the next 24 months, 65% of SOCs expect increased investment in tools relating to threat hunting.1

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1 SANS 2018 Threat Hunting Survey

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Carbon Black is the leading provider of next-generation endpoint security. Carbon Black’s Next-Generation Antivirus (NGAV) solution, Cb Defense, leverages breakthrough prevention technology, “Streaming Prevention,” to instantly see and stop cyberattacks before they execute. Cb Defense uniquely combines breakthrough prevention with market-leading detection and response into a single, lightweight agent delivered through the cloud. With more than 7 million endpoints under management, Carbon Black has more than 2,500 customers, including 30 of the Fortune 100. These customers use Carbon Black to replace legacy antivirus, lock down critical systems, hunt threats, and protect their endpoints from the most advanced cyberattacks, including non-malware attacks.

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