Want to Control Your Ever-Changing Perimeter? Focus on Integrations.

Want to Control Your Ever-Changing Perimeter? Focus on Integrations.
Tom Sams
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March 4, 2020 | 5 Min Read

An ever changing perimeter?

Over the past few years we have seen the commercial threat landscape evolve from simply combating network penetration over a defined perimeter (the foundation of many organizations’ traditional security programs), to an ever widening, cloud-based, SaaS driven, geographically disperse, distributed cluster of disparate services.

No wonder we keep hearing that ‘the perimeter is dead’ across the IT security marketplace.

Of course this isn’t completely true. Afterall, poking holes in traditional gateway protection, looking for new network infrastructure vulnerabilities certainly isn’t dead. In fact, with 53% of threat vectors categorised as direct hacking last year[1], serious vulnerabilities to infrastructure continue to hit the news[2].

 

The challenge of gaining visibility

The traditional perimeter is clearly nothing to be neglected – and, if we are following this logic, there certainly appears nothing wrong with the traditional view that this should still remain one of the foundations of most information security programs.

The real challenge is more that the perimeter has evolved to mean more than just network infrastructure and gateway protection.

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It has been effectively carved up into a sort of constellation of mini-perimeters, each with its own separate and distinct set of security challenges, not least of which is just gaining visibility into what and where our company assets are stored and most importantly – maintaining visibility.

The perimeter has evolved to mean more than just network infrastructure and gateway protection. Our Digital Risk Protection solution, SearchLight, continually monitors the new perimeter across the open, deep and dark web –  for risks to your business. These include:

  • Detecting exposed data – exposed credentials, sensitive business documents, and customer details
  • Securing your brand online – spoof domains, mobile applications, and social media profiles
  • Reducing your attack surface – vulnerabilities, open ports, and weak certificates

 

Maintaining visibility: Information Flow

Part of the solution of gaining and maintaining visibility has been to turn to Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions, where possible backed by equally impressive Security Orchestration, Automation and Response technologies (SOAR) the feature sets and capability of these often overlap. And we are not the only ones who think so:

Maintaining visibility

 

According to Gartner, “by year-end 2022, 30% of organizations with a security team larger than five people will leverage SOAR tools in their security operations[3]”.

With the ever-expanding threat landscape and rising mitigation costs, it is even more critical to detect and remediate threats quickly and effectively. However, security organizations struggle with the volume and lack of context provided by many event sources – powering the SIEM and SOAR solutions – and require additional threat intelligence to make the best decisions.

 

Maintaining visibility: Rapid Turnkey Integration

Indeed these technologies enable businesses to take advantage of inputs from a variety of sources, leverage effective turn key integrations, and deliver workflows designed to deliver effective security outcomes – thus reducing operational friction within security operations to deliver operationally effective threat reduction and response

Once properly embedded and established within the organization via both SOAR and SIEM integration,  we can leverage our pre-built integrations using our REST API to deliver a range of functionality including:

  • All alerts that target the customers organization for triage and response
  • Full context provided with each alert
  • Alert specific playbooks and recommendations

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This is why we at Digital Shadows offer our customers an unlimited number of API integrations.

For example, our SearchLight service integrates with Splunk Enterprise and Splunk Enterprise Security, enabling security teams to correlate alerts, ingest the latest threat intelligence, and gain real-time context from the open, deep, and dark web. This streamlines incident processing, increases your effectiveness, and saves you time.

Here’s a quick video to learn more:

We support many other integrations including Micro Focus ArcSight, IBM QRadar, Anomali, and Phantom just to name a few. You can check out our full list of integration partners here.

 

Integration Driven Automation

For those wanting to automate their responses, we offer out of the box integrations with SOAR Solutions such as Phantom Security and Demisto. Many vendors will offer workflow or If-this-then-that(IFTTT) capabilities that allow the user to digitize their standard operating procedures. There are some products/vendors in the orchestration group that may not have historically included an orchestration capability. However, many of them are now (or will soon be) offering orchestration and automation capabilities either natively or as part of an extension to their main platforms.

Another example of the power of automation is our direct integration with Mimecast email security to proactively protect your employees from known domains posing a phishing risk, reducing the likelihood of successful phishing attacks .

Mimecast analyzes incoming emails to assess risk and protect your users from phishing attacks. Combine this with SearchLight’s  domain impersonation capability, and you are able to block incoming emails from within Mimecast – all automatically.

 

Integrations and Operations in Context

Today we are facing an ever-growing landscape of threats and a continued lack of solutions or people to prevent them. This is why the quality of the types of alerts across the new disparate perimeter is so imperative –without context, threat intelligence is rarely anything but additional noise!

If you’re interested in learning more about operationalizing your threat intelligence, check out our blog, ‘How to Operationalize Threat Intelligence: Actionability and Context’.

[1] Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), Verizon, 2019

[2] ‘Hackers probe Citrix servers for weakness to remote code execution vulnerability’, CNET, 2020

[3] Market Guide for Security Orchestration Automation and Response Solutions, Gartner, 2019

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Do Not Invite Them In: What “Human Error” Can Mean In Practice

October 6, 2016 | 4 Min Read

Although you may or may not be a fan of vampire...
Five Tips To Make Your Passwords Better

Five Tips To Make Your Passwords Better

September 26, 2016 | 4 Min Read

While security is everyone’s responsibility,...
Forrester

Digital Risk Monitoring Can Negate ‘Indicators of Exhaustion’

September 26, 2016 | 2 Min Read

When I first joined Digital Shadows in January, I...
breached data

The Industrialized Uses of Breached Data

September 21, 2016 | 4 Min Read

In our first blog, we outlined a number of...
credential compromise

Beauty and the Breach: Leaked Credentials in Context

September 21, 2016 | 4 Min Read

Our analysts recently researched credential...
New report: 97 percent of the top 1,000 companies suffer from credential compromise

New report: 97 percent of the top 1,000 companies suffer from credential compromise

September 20, 2016 | 2 Min Read

Data breaches and credential compromise are not...
exploit kits

Three easy tips to staying safe online

September 19, 2016 | 4 Min Read

While security is everyone’s responsibility,...
Shadow Brokers

Four Things We’ve Learned From the Alleged Equation Group Code Leak

August 22, 2016 | 4 Min Read

The wake of the deeply bizarre auction of...
security culture

Security Culture: You’re only as strong as your team

August 18, 2016 | 4 Min Read

When you’re hurt you feel pain, you see a cut...
Wall of Sheep

Gambling with Security in Vegas: Not Your Best Bet

July 27, 2016 | 4 Min Read

With BSides Las Vegas, Black Hat, and DEF CON...
thedarkoverlord

Thedarkoverlord – losing his patients?

July 26, 2016 | 4 Min Read

In late June 2016, we observed a spate of attacks...
breach disclosure

5 Key Lessons From The FDIC’s Breach Disclosure Debacle

July 18, 2016 | 4 Min Read

Last week, the United States House Science, Space...
thedarkoverlord

10 ways to prepare for credential leak incidents

June 30, 2016 | 2 Min Read

From LinkedIn to MySpace, threat actors like...
OpAfrica

Data breaches targeting financial services: 2016 so far

May 26, 2016 | 3 Min Read

It’s been a busy year for data breaches...
Bozkurt Hackers

Bozkurt Hackers continue to leak bank data

May 13, 2016 | 4 Min Read

A threat actor calling itself “Bozkurt...
Digital Shadows Announcement

Digital Shadows – The Innovation Continues

May 13, 2016 | 2 Min Read

This week, Digital Shadows will turn five years...
DBIR

Analyzing the 2016 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report

May 2, 2016 | 4 Min Read

Last week Verizon released the 2016 Data Breach...
Hacking Team

The Hacking Team breach – an attacker’s point of view

April 22, 2016 | 3 Min Read

On 17 April 2016, two posts were added to...
Mergers and acquisitions

It’s time to put the diligence into your M&A due diligence

March 29, 2016 | 2 Min Read

The headlines resulting from the Target/Fazio...
Digital Shadows Announcement

Why I joined Digital Shadows

January 28, 2016 | 3 Min Read

Departing Forrester Research wasn’t an easy...
Bloomberg Business

Digital Shadows honored as Bloomberg Business Top Innovator

January 26, 2016 | 1 Min Read

We're pleased to announce that Bloomberg Business...
Digital Shadows Announcement

Digital Shadows Welcomes Rick Holland as Vice President of Strategy

January 19, 2016 | 1 Min Read

Last year was an exciting time for Digital...
ransomware

Emerging Markets: Online Extortion Matures via DDoS Attacks

November 9, 2015 | 5 Min Read

Unlike scenes from books or movies where shadowy...
TalkTalk

TalkTalk: Avoiding The Hype

October 28, 2015 | 4 Min Read

There has been no shortage of media coverage on...
Digital Shadows Announcement

Digital Shadows Invited To 10 Downing Street

September 8, 2015 | 2 Min Read

Digital Shadows invited to 10 Downing...
Digital Shadows Announcement

Digital Shadows joins roundtable at 10 Downing Street

September 8, 2015 | 1 Min Read

Digital Shadows invited to 10 Downing...
Remote

Remote working at Digital Shadows

September 8, 2015 | 6 Min Read

This post will cover some of the challenges...
Adult Friend Finder

The Adult Friend Finder Breach: A Recap

September 7, 2015 | 5 Min Read

27th May 2015: Last week, news quickly...
Al Hayat

Saudi Arabia MOFA Breach

September 7, 2015 | 5 Min Read

Introduction As of April 2015 there were more...
Digital Shadows Announcement

Digital Shadows Integrates With Maltego Through Partnership With Malformity Labs

September 7, 2015 | 4 Min Read

The need for organizations to focus on their risk...
Announcement

Exciting Times, Exciting Team at Digital Shadows

September 4, 2015 | 4 Min Read

Yesterday we announced that Stuart McClure,...
Digital Shadows Announcement

Digital Shadows and ThreatConnect Partner to Help Customers Improve Security Defenses

September 4, 2015 | 2 Min Read

One of the foundational values of Digital Shadows...