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How to Respond to Threats Faster with Active Sensing Fabric

Welcome to the age of Big Data and even bigger threats.

As technology advances with the growth of cloud environments and connectivity across endless devices, we have also increased the amount of data our security teams are responsible for monitoring and protecting. What happens as the data grows? The number and sophistication of incoming threats is skyrocketing.

Security teams are responsible for evaluating a large number of incoming alerts from security tools such as SIEM, XDR and others. These tools provide visibility into suspicious activity and attacks and that’s important – but do they provide enough visibility? And above all, are these tools capable of providing the most effective response possible?

The culprits: larger and broader datasets

The work of security analysts is becoming more complicated every day due to the need to ingest big data – larger and more diverse data sets – in order to effectively detect and respond to the growing number of threats. This is no surprise to anyone. What is surprising, however, is that few security tools actually have visibility into these hard-to-reach sources of telemetry and have the response capabilities to stop threats at the source, wherever they occur. .

Security analysts need to be able to react quickly to security incidents, but humans can’t handle a lot. How can they respond to thousands of alerts if security systems aren’t designed for instant visibility and actionability? The only way to stay ahead of threats is to use tools that detect them the instant they occur.

Innovations like Active Sensing Fabric help you solve this problem by providing real-time threat detection and analysis across your entire environment. It allows you to identify threats and respond faster, stopping breaches earlier in the attack lifecycle to minimize their impact on the business.

Security tools for faster responses

Today’s security teams are overwhelmed with the amount of data they must ingest, analyze, and process in a timely manner.

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) platforms can help with alert aggregation and triage, but they lack the ability to respond or automate the process. These solutions are not designed so that analysts can easily keep pace with alerts and manage effective response processes or case management directly from SIEM.

Extended Detection and Response (XDR) The tools can detect alerts across multiple sources, but they have an inherently closed ecosystem, leaving customers blind to hard-to-reach (but important) telemetry sources. Yes, these tools expand detection, but they also expand human surveillance requirements. This does not allow for a true expansive response, at least of the caliber that security managers need.

Legacy Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response (SOAR) the solutions are not user-friendly, making them impractical for smaller, less code-dependent security teams. They require complex visual programming environments that make them difficult for non-developers to use effectively, let alone quickly enough to stop threats before they cause damage.

Low Code Security Automation uses an innovative technology called Active Sensing Fabric to act on an instant threat, not after manual alert detection, aggregation and triage processes. This feature allows organizations to automate responses based on predefined rules or policies defined by security experts. These tools have become increasingly popular as they help reduce analyst workload, improve response time, and increase efficiency by automating common use cases and repetitive tasks.

What is Active Sensing Fabric?

Active Sensing Fabric enables security automation solutions to expand beyond legacy SOAR platform telemetry sources by ingesting larger and broader datasets and taking immediate action at the source so technology silos are connected without requiring heavy coding. It helps identify, track and respond to threats faster than ever.

How it works

The goal of the Swimlane Turbine Active Sensing Fabric is to enable the evolution of security operations. It does this by ingesting cloud-scale data into multiple distributed big data sets. This is essential for modern infrastructure, which contains various data streams with webhooks, poll requests, pub/sub, file creation, SMS messages, emails and IoT.

Using the three main features below, Active Sensing Fabric allows automation platforms to pull data directly from these sources, in addition to SIEM logs if needed, to bring action closer to the source to reduce the waiting time. The Active Sensing Fabric listens to the entire security ecosystem, taking immediate action right at the source.

Powerful preprocessing and online enrichment = immediate action

Eliminating noise should be a top priority for security tools. Low-code automation solutions run on thousands of simultaneous automations to eliminate noise in the customer environment, which alleviates analyst burnout from alert fatigue. Business logic and processes inform the application with custom data filtering, preprocessing, deduplication, and inline enrichment in sequence, reducing data overhead. The result: faster analyst responses.

Dynamic Remote Agents = Secure Distributed Organizations

Remote agents allow both organizations to connect internal applications and systems to security automation platforms in a highly secure and frictionless manner. This architecture eliminates the need to configure multiple VPNs or complicated networks in order to connect various technologies. For large organizations, this enables seamless connection between multiple business units or segmented environments. For managed security service providers (MSSPs), it becomes easier to manage multiple infrastructures across a diverse customer base.

Flexible Webhooks = Simplify Data Ingestion

The webhooks feature helps extend actionability. Flexible webhooks allow products, vendors, or services to push real-time communication into the global security automation platform. New webhook listeners can be created for any technology that supports webhooks and can be plugged directly into low-code security automation playbooks in seconds. They are easily managed with flexible authentication options to cover a wide variety of functionality found in third-party tools. By using webhooks in playbooks, analysts get real-time visibility into events, which quickly improves MTTD and MTTR security metrics.

Benefits for security operations

By adopting an Active Sensing Fabric approach, security teams improve their ability to detect and respond to threats faster. This can help security operations teams to:

  • Improve security metrics by reducing latency and accelerating MTTD and MTTR.

  • Improve your analysts’ experience by reducing alert fatigue and freeing them from manual tasks.

  • Unify complex environments by connecting distributed organizations, siled business units, or segmented environments.

  • Act in real time to increase visibility and actionability so that organizations are more efficient and effective.

Security teams have the difficult task of playing defense, anticipating threats, and putting systems in place that prevent unwanted actors from gaining access to the organization. Active Sensing Fabric is a new feature in low-code security automation solutions, like Swimlane Turbine, that enables security teams to respond faster by tracking the threat as it emerges.

*** This is a syndicated blog from Swimlane’s Security Bloggers Network (en-US) written by Ashlyn Eperjesi. Read the original post at: https://swimlane.com/blog/active-sensing-fabric/

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