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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.
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.
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
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.
Targeted testing, mission based or objective based testing, and continuous controls validation help validate that security controls are protecting critical assets as intended.
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
The Command-and-Control function establishes authority and direction to align each function to the cyber defense mission.
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