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How will you prepare your organization against the cyber-attack trickle-down effect this year?

Your business will be attacked by more and more advanced and complicated cyber attacks. You might not be ready for them but you can always upgrade your techniques to defend yourself.

What is the trickle-down effect?

Unfortunately, taxes have been going into funding really ruthless malware nowadays. Governments have given birth to cyber threats in the name of surveillance. These exploit known and unknown vulnerabilities in your system. These technologies have undoubtedly “trickled down” to cybercriminals with malicious intentions. They use these technologies to attach organizations across the globe and your business may not be an exception.

How to know you are being attacked

Most times, it takes more than 30 days for an organization to realize they are under attack. It takes around 70 more days to recover from the breach. This recovery can cost $3.86 million on an average.

Some military-grade cyber-attacks can easily bypass average endpoint protection. In these cases, detection and capability to respond promptly act as an organization’s best bet against the trickle-down effect.

However, for these to remain relevant, they need to evolve as quickly or even quicker than the threats. Here are three predictions for how the detection of and response to cyberattacks will help us fight them.

1. Knowing isn’t enough

This year, we need to take on a more holistic approach to dealing with cyber attacks. Cybercriminals have become creative with finding ways to break into networks. Thus, organizations don’t conduct IT operations on-premises only. SaaS or Security as a Service is common now along with Platform and Infrastructure as a Service (PaaS and IaaS). Cloud detection and response are also becoming more and more important. Along with those are identity and access management.

The MDR or managed detection and response market lack in the sense that, by focusing mostly on detection, they don’t deploy endpoint tools and therefore, cannot counter a breach. In 2020, we need to change that to advance security and deal with breaches effectively. There is a need to catch attackers red-handed and improve response.

2. Humans are the most important

Cybersecurity experts often warn about the cybersecurity expertise gap. The New York Times reports that around 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs will not be filled even by 2021.

In MDR, human experts are the ones helping with identifying and disarming attacks. A good threat hunter is one who can think in an offensive manner, from the point of view of the attackers, and identify gaps in detection and response.

It is very difficult to find these experts. Businesses can’t expect to find a good one for themselves. Even the best-trained experts cannot handle the massive amounts of information produced by an average corporation.

Thus, we need artificial intelligence and its machine learning capabilities to take things to the next level and be ever-present.

3. Smarter AI will inform human analysts

There is a conflict in selling AI and the promises it holds. In the field of cybersecurity, AI has been very crucial but when it comes to advanced hands-on-keyboard kind of attacks, they do not match human experts. They still are supporting the human experts in more advanced attacks. It also takes these experts to make, develop and program the machines to do their job. At the end of the day, human experts matter the most.

We need to move on from our traditional view of AI in order to improve accurate detection and optimize responses. AI shouldn’t mimic one human brain. We need to embrace new dynamics and paradigms, hence unleashing collaborative actions by cybersecurity agents that can work together to fight malware.