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Real Time Behavior Analytics

Why Real-Time Behavior Analytics is Critical

Real-time behavior analytics enables immediate detection and response, significantly enhancing security and reducing the window for damage

The ability to not only understand but also immediately respond to threats as they occur is a principal concern for security teams. Preemptive is always preferable to reactive, and time is of the essence. This urgency underpins the value of real-time behavior analytics in cybersecurity frameworks, especially as organizations seek to protect against modern, sophisticated threats like preventing zero-day attacks, reacting to insider threat indicators and advanced persistent threats, and effective ransomware containment.

Understanding Behavior Analytics

Behavior analytics refers to the process of using data analysis tools to detect anomalies in the behavior of users and network entities. By establishing a baseline of normal and approved activities, any deviation from this baseline can be flagged for further investigation and automated response, potentially identifying malicious activities before they result in significant damage—as we say, “Limiting the blast radius” of any breach. Attackers will inevitably get in; they have time (and often resources) on their side, but real-time behavior analytics means they’re going nowhere.

Organizations that fully deployed security AI and automation experienced less than half the data breach costs compared to those that did not — an average of USD 2.45 million versus USD 6.03 million. [IBM]

Behavior analytics is pivotal for preemptive threat detection and swift mitigation. Seconds, or even fractions of seconds, can make all the difference between an attacker using east-west lateral movement to find those critical service accounts or being corralled by immediate and automated action.

The Role of Real-Time Behavior Analytics

Real-time analysis is crucial for behavior analytics for several reasons:

  1. Immediate Threat Detection: The sooner a potential threat is detected, the quicker it can be contained. Real-time analytics allow for the immediate identification of anomalous behaviors, reducing the window of opportunity for attackers.
  2. Dynamic Response: In the context of fast-moving cyber threats, the ability to respond dynamically and in real-time to detected anomalies can mean the difference between a minor security incident and a catastrophic breach.
  3. Zero-Day Attack Protection: Zero-day attacks exploit unknown vulnerabilities. Real-time behavior analytics can detect the unusual activity patterns these attacks generate, offering a layer of protection against them.
  4. Insider Threat Mitigation: Real-time analysis can quickly identify suspicious activities that may indicate an insider threat, allowing for swift action to prevent data leaks or sabotage and combating the insider threat.
  5. Proactive Posture: Helps organizations stay ahead of threats instead of reacting post-compromise, enhancing overall network security.
  6. Reduced Response Time: Minimizes the time between threat detection and response, which is critical for limiting the spread of malware or ransomware.
  7. Compliance Assurance: Ensures that any non-compliance or deviation from standard protocols is detected and rectified in real-time, maintaining regulatory cybersecurity compliance.
  8. Anomaly Detection: Analyzes patterns to detect anomalies that deviate from the established norm, flagging issues that may go unnoticed by traditional security measures.
  9. Efficient Resource Utilization: Automates the detection process, allowing security personnel to focus on strategic tasks rather than constant monitoring, with cybersecurity automation.
  10. Dynamic Policy Enforcement: Adjusts security policies in real-time based on analytics, ensuring that protections are up-to-date and relevant.
  11. Improved Incident Investigation: Provides immediate data on security incidents, facilitating quicker and more effective forensic analysis.
  12. Cost-Effectiveness: Swift detection and response can mitigate the financial impact associated with data breaches and system downtime. Preventing breaches or minimizing their impact saves on potential costs from data loss, system downtime, and recovery efforts.
  13. Enhanced User Experience: Balances security and user experience by applying strict controls only when anomalous behavior is detected.
  14. Adaptive Security: Continuously learns and adapts to new threats, keeping the security measures as current as the threats they are designed to combat.
  15. Business Continuity: Real-time behavior analytics ensures that business operations continue smoothly without interruption from cyber threats.
  16. Ransomware Response: By recognizing the behavioral patterns typical of ransomware attacks, such as rapid file encryption, real-time analytics can trigger immediate countermeasures to limit damage, preventing organizations from becoming victims of ransomware.

The Essential Nature of Real-Time Response

Responding in real-time is not just an added feature; it’s a necessity in today’s business cybersecurity environment. The speed at which cyber threats can escalate from detection to widespread impact has necessitated a shift towards security solutions that can not only detect but also react instantaneously. By acting immediately upon detecting anomalies, real-time analytics enables organizations to stay one step ahead of attackers rather than reacting after the fact.

Protecting Against Advanced Threats

The TrueFort Platform leverages this capability to provide immediate detection and response, offering superior protection against a range of cyber threats. As cyber attackers become more sophisticated, the ability to respond in real-time moves from a luxury to a necessity. Investing in platforms that provide real-time behavior analytics is a critical step in fortifying cybersecurity defenses and ensuring organizational resilience in the face of evolving cyber threats.

Interested in bolstering your organization’s cybersecurity defenses with minimal hassle? Contact us for a no-obligation demonstration to discover how we leverage machine learning (ML) to examine extensive data sets, enabling the detection of atypical patterns diverging from standard user behavior and signaling potential malicious activities linked to cyber attackers. Discover how our integrated security platform leverages best-in-class real-time behavior analytics and microsegmentation to protect critical applications and ensure business continuity and compliance. We’re here to help.

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