The Defender’s Advantage: A guide to activating cyber defense


When organizations defend against attacks in their own environment, they have a fundamental "defender's advantage.” They can capitalize on that advantage IF they can control the landscape where they meet their adversaries.

The Defender’s Advantage, an award-winning book by Mandiant, gives you a framework and the guidance you need to mitigate threats by rapidly pivoting between preparedness and action as situations demand.

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“The Defender’s Advantage is a recipient of the prestigious annual Global Infosec Awards from Cyber Defense Magazine (CDM). “

What is The Defender’s Advantage?

As prominent attacks continue to dominate the headlines, security teams are under pressure to detect and respond to malicious activity faster than ever before.

The Defender's Advantage is a concept that organizations are defending against attacks in their own environment, on their own terms.

This provides a fundamental advantage arising from the fact that they have control over the landscape where they will meet their adversaries. Organizations struggle to capitalize on this advantage.

Understanding and activating the six functions of cyber defense help your security organization capitalize on The Defender’s Advantage.

Threat Intelligence

Intelligence

Who is targeting you?
Intelligence guides actions within the cyber defense organization. Its quality, relevance and usability make a huge difference to cyber defense. Most security organizations subscribe to threat intelligence feeds, but they struggle to operationalize it.
Identify

Respond

Are you prepared to respond?
As the Detect and Hunt functions identify suspicious activity, the Respond function confirms if that activity is malicious by understanding the full extent of compromise, minimizing business impact and returning services to normal operations
Hunt

Hunt

How do you find attackers?
Threat hunting proactively uses intelligence about an adversary and their operations to search for active or previous compromise. Threat hunting is a combination of automated and human-led elements and requires ascribing to the adversary mindset.
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Validate

Can you validate preparedness to stakeholders?
Targeted testing, mission based or objective based testing, and continuous controls validation help validate that security controls are protecting critical assets as intended.
Detect

Detect

Can you effectively prioritize alerts?
Detect valid malicious behavior within the environment by identifying critical events among collected alert information. Intelligence guides efficiency so critical events can be prioritized and acted upon.
Command and Control

Command and Control

Are your cyber defense functions well-aligned?
The Command-and-Control function establishes authority and direction to align each function to the cyber defense mission.

This is likely the best webinar I have ever attended. Super-relevant topic, loved the explanations and methodology shared. If people follow this model, companies will be more secure and effective.

Kimberly Tuttle, Russell Investments

WEBINARS

Watch The Defender's Advantage Virtual Series

Watch our four-part webinar series to learn the methodology and best practices surrounding the six critical functions of cyber defense that make up The Defender’s Advantage.

On-Demand Sessions:

  • Part 1: Take Control of Your Cyber Defense with The Defender’s Advantage
  • Part 2: Utilize Threat Intelligence, Establish Command & Control
  • Part 3: Detect Risks & Validate Security Controls
  • Part 4: Respond to Resume Operations & Hunt to Prevent Compromise
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The Defender’s Advantage Cyber Snapshot, Issue 4

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The Defender’s Advantage Cyber Snapshot Issue 1

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Threat Trends: A Requirements-Driven Approach to Cyber Threat Intelligence

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Frontline Stories: Crisis Communications During a Breach

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Frontline Stories: The Executive's Role in Cybersecurity

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Threat Trends Bonus Episode: How Will AI Impact Threat Intelligence?

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Threat Trends: M-Trends 2023

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Frontline Stories: Exposure Management Beyond Vulnerabilities

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Threat Trends: How APT43 Targets Security Policy Experts Focused on North Korea

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Threat Trends: A Retrospective on Zero-Days in 2022 with Project Zero and Mandiant

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The Defender’s Advantage Cyber Snapshot, Issue 3

Mar 07, 2023 1 min read
WEBINAR

The Defender's Advantage Virtual Series

Feb 14, 2023
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Threat Trends: Head of TAG on Commercial Spyware, Cyber Activity in Eastern Europe, and More

Feb 23, 2023 1 min read
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Frontline Stories: A CISO's Perspective on Managing a Breach

Feb 17, 2023 1 min read
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Threat Trends: An Episode (Mostly) About Non-Ransomware Cybercrime

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Respond to Resume Operations & Hunt to Prevent Compromise- Webinar Series Part 4

Mar 07, 2023 60 Min
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Threat Trends: APT by USB

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Take Control of Your Cyber Defense with The Defender’s Advantage Series, Part 1

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Skills Gap: Addressing the Cyber Mobilization Crisis

Jan 12, 2023 1 min read
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Frontline Stories: Get the Facts on Fraud

Jan 05, 2023 1 min read
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Threat Trends: A Year in Review with Sandra Joyce

Dec 15, 2022 1 min read
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Frontline Stories: A Conversation on Third-Party Risk Management

Dec 08, 2022 1 min read
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Skills Gap: Transitioning from Military Service to a Role in Cyber

Dec 01, 2022 1 min read
REPORT

The Defender’s Advantage for the Finance Industry Executive Summary

Sep 16, 2022 1 min read
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Threat Trends: Reflections on Russian Cyber Threat Activity During the War in Ukraine

Nov 23, 2022 1 min read
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Frontline Stories: Cyber Insurance to Make Companies Safer

Nov 17, 2022 1 min read
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Threat Trends: Tracking DPRK Use of Cryptocurrencies

Nov 10, 2022 1 min read
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Skills Gap: Finding Your Fit in Cyber

Nov 03, 2022 1 min read
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Threat Trends: Inside Google Cloud's Threat Horizons Report

Oct 27, 2022 1 min read
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Skills Gap: More Than a Resume

Oct 20, 2022 1 min read
WEBINAR

How to Prioritize Attack Surface Risk at Scale

Nov 09, 2022 52 Min
WEBINAR

Five Steps to a Successful Enterprise Password Reset

Nov 07, 2022 59 Min
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Threat Trends: The Threat Landscape in APJ

Oct 13, 2022 1 min read
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The Defender's Advantage Cyber Snapshot Issue 2

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The Defender's Advantage Cyber Snapshot Issue 2 — More Insights From the Frontlines

Oct 17, 2022 2 min read
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A Tangled Web of Risk: The Challenges of Cyber Resiliency in Today’s Reality

Oct 25, 2022 60 Min
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Frontline Stories: The Evolution of the CISO

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How Cryptocurrency Actively Plays into North Korea’s Cyber Offensive

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Threat Trends: Metador, Mercenaries, and LABScon with SentinelOne

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Threat Trends: The Security Landscape Facing Manufacturing

Sep 22, 2022 1 min read
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Skills Gap: Expanding Diversity in Cyber Security

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Developing Your Ransomware Playbook: Best Practices and Legal Considerations

Sep 28, 2022 61 Min
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Frontline Stories: Discussing the Impact of CISA KEV with Nucleus Security

Sep 01, 2022 1 min read
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Threat Trends: APT42 — Crooked Charms, Cons, and Compromises

Sep 07, 2022 1 min read
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Skills Gap: Building a Successful Security Operations Team

Aug 18, 2022 1 min read
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Threat Trends: Building Cyber Resiliency Within Financial Services with FS-ISAC

Aug 12, 2022 1 min read
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Frontline Stories: Shields Up, Mandiant 

Aug 04, 2022 1 min read
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Threat Trends: Securing the Vote in 2022

Jul 28, 2022 1 min read
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Skills Gap: Looking Beyond the Unicorn Candidate

Jul 20, 2022 1 min read
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How Adversaries Are Leveraging AI in Cyber Operations

Jul 14, 2022 1 min read
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Bonus: Securing OT/ICS Systems with Nozomi Networks

Jul 07, 2022 1 min read
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Threat Trends: An Interview with the Danish Tech Ambassador

Jun 30, 2022 1 min read
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Skills Gap: Bridging the Skills Gap

Jun 23, 2022 1 min read
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Tracking Threat Actor Usage of Cryptocurrencies with Chainalysis

Jun 16, 2022 1 min read
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Frontline Stories: Introducing Mandiant Digital Risk Protection

Jun 07, 2022 1 min read
BLOG

The Inaugural Defender’s Advantage Cyber Snapshot

Jun 06, 2022 2 min read
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Threat Trends: After the Headlines - Practical Experience of Rebuilding Trust After a Breach

Jun 02, 2022 1 min read
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Frontline Stories: OT/ICS Security

May 26, 2022 1 min read
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Threat Trends: Russian Invasion of Ukraine Information Operations

May 19, 2022 1 min read
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Stolen Emails, Hacked Cameras and the Mysterious UNC3524

May 02, 2022 1 min read
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Breaking Down the M-Trends 2022 Report

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The Defender’s Advantage: A Guide to Activating Cyber Defense

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PODCAST

Recognizing Board Superpowers

May 16, 2021 1 min read
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The Wonderful World of Web Shells

Feb 17, 2021 1 min read
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Security is Aspirational

Jun 20, 2021 1 min read
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Automation, Automation, Automation

Mar 22, 2021 1 min read
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Security at the Board Level

May 10, 2021 1 min read
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The Nature of Conflict

Feb 17, 2021 1 min read
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Filling the CTI Skills Gap with Mandiant On-Demand Cyber Intelligence Training

Jun 14, 2021 1 min read
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Extortion, Ransoms & the Wonderful Life of Red Teams

Mar 18, 2021 1 min read
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Pandemic Impacts to the Cyber Threat Landscape

May 03, 2021 1 min read
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When in Doubt, Hire a Marine

Feb 07, 2021 1 min read
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Low Sophistication Threat Actors Continue to Target OT

Jun 09, 2021 1 min read
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An Inside Look into How Reddit Fights Cyber Threats

Mar 15, 2021 1 min read
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Automated Defense Brings New Features to Mandiant Advantage

Apr 27, 2021 1 min read
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A Certain Set of Skills

Jan 25, 2021 1 min read
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Carrots Lead to the Right Outcomes

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Tackling Digital Safety for Women

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Fostering CTI Development with Mandiant Intelligence Services

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The Making of an M-Trends Report

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Apex Predators: Inside

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The New Old Risk

May 23, 2021 1 min read
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Security Learning by Security Doing

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Weaponizing Mandates

Jul 12, 2021 1 min read
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The "Big Four": Spotlight on Russia

Apr 11, 2021 2 min read
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How Mandiant is Helping Governments Build Cyber Capacity

May 18, 2021 1 min read
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The "Big Four": Spotlight on Iran

Feb 21, 2021 2 min read
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Who You Gonna Call (In the Event of a Breach)?

Jun 27, 2021 1 min read
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The "Big Four": Spotlight on China

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Fear of Missing Incidents – The Battle for Security Analysts

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