Detect and Respond to Cyber Threats

Effective detection and rapid response to cyber threats are key to advancing cybersecurity maturity and minimizing potential damage.

Cyber threats stifle innovation by disrupting organizations. The objective of detecting and responding to cyber threats is to minimize the impact of organizational progress and potential damage caused by security incidents.

Detecting and responding to cyber threats is a cybersecurity concept that helps to proactively identify and actively address potential security incidents and malicious activities within a computer network, system or organization. It involves monitoring and analyzing network traffic, system logs and security data as ways to identify signs of unauthorized access, intrusions, malware infections, data breaches or other cyber threats.

The process of detecting and responding to cyber threats typically involves the following, but is not limited to:

    • Monitoring. Scanning network and system activities using security tools and technologies like intrusion detection systems (IDS), intrusion prevention systems (IPS), log analysis and threat intelligence feeds.
    • Threat detection. Analyzing collected data to identify patterns, anomalies, and indicators of compromise (IoCs) that may indicate a potential cyber threat. This includes recognizing known attack signatures as well as identifying anomalous behavior or deviations from the norm.
    • Alerting and notification. Generating alerts and notifications to security personnel or a security operations center (SOC) when potential threats or incidents are detected. These alerts provide early warning to prompt investigation and response.
    • Incident response. Initiating a response plan to investigate and mitigate confirmed security incidents. This involves containing the impact, identifying the root cause and implementing necessary actions to restore systems and prevent further damage with MDR type tools.
    • Utilization of AI / ML. Detecting cyber threats through real-time analysis of unusual data patterns or behaviors. These technologies also facilitate rapid response by assessing threat severity, predicting impacts, automating certain defensive actions and scaling security practices, thus minimizing potential damage.
    • Forensic analysis. Conducting detailed analysis of the incident to understand the attack methodology, determine the extent of the breach, identify affected systems or data and gather evidence for potential legal or disciplinary actions.
    • Remediation and recovery. Taking steps to remediate vulnerabilities, patch systems, remove malware and implement enhanced security measures to prevent similar incidents in the future. Restoring affected systems and data to their normal state is also part of the recovery process.

Promptly identifying and responding to threats allows organizations to mitigate risks, protect sensitive data, maintain business continuity and safeguard their reputation. Faster response to threats enables businesses to stay focused on innovation and drive the business forward. This is an ongoing and iterative process that starts with an honest assessment of an organization’s environment and requires a combination of technology, skilled personnel, well-defined processes and collaboration across various teams within an organization, as well as experienced partners.

Taking steps to increase the visibility, control and responsiveness of an environment helps organizations more effectively meet their uptime objectives, keep the business operational and help ensure businesses continue their innovation journey.

Learn how Dell Technologies can help organizations detect and respond to cyber threats.

Steve Kenniston

About the Author: Steve Kenniston

Steve Kenniston has been in the storage industry for over 25 years. From startup to global 2000 company, Steve has been a part of a number of storage inflection points in his career. He has worked for a number of startup companies including Connected Corp, Avamar, and Storwize all leading to acquisitions. He later worked for Iron Mountain, EMC, IBM and now Dell. Steve is currently the lead for the cybersecurity messaging.