Top 5 Threat Hunting Myths: “Threat Hunting Isn’t Worth My Time”

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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 first myth “Threat Hunting is Too Complicated” and this week we’re going to tackle myth #2.

Myth 3 — “Threat Hunting Isn’t Work My Time”

If you think threat hunting is just about finding malicious activity, think again. Consider this: When you’re threat hunting, it’s entirely possible that you won’t find evil all the time. But what you will find more often than not are opportunities to improve your security program. Through your investigation, you may find you’re lacking critical data or access you would need in the event of an attack. You might also find gaps in your prevention that need fine-tuning to keep your environment in order. During your hunt, you can check and tweak your security as needed to provide the best protection possible — before you need it. You don’t want the first time you find these gaps to be during a breach, because you likely won’t be able to close them quickly enough.

According to SANS research, organizations of all threat hunting maturity levels can experience measurable improvement in the security of their organizations through the process. 91% of security professionals cited improvements in the speed and accuracy of response as a result of threat hunting. These companies also saw major reductions in attack surface exposure, dwell time, time to containment and number of actual breaches. Threat hunting also cuts down the time it takes to uncover threats from months to hours, making those who do it much less likely to experience a real breach.

Additionally, if your data lives in silos, it takes effort to piece things together — resulting in a drain in productivity. This is why a solution that combines endpoint security with threat hunting is ideal. If you’re using a single console, single platform and a single dataset, all of your endpoint security activities become easier. Working from a single source of truth cuts down the time and effort it takes to not only hunt for threats, but to also remediate them.

To learn more about the common misconceptions about threat hunting…

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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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