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How to combat cyber organised crime with XDR

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According to Verizon’s latest ‘2021 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)’, in the past few years, financially motivated attacks continue to be the most common forms of attacks, with organized crime groups representing around 80% of these attacks.

In fact, in a threat assessment delivered by Europol, a warning was released stating the frightful impact that criminal syndicates are having on the economy. The assessment highlighted that ‘Virtually all criminal activities now feature some online components, such as digital solutions facilitating criminal communications’, and that ‘The availability and accessibility of secure online channels has resulted in a diversification of the platforms used for illegal online trade.’

The Dark Web for Criminal Communication

The Surface Web and the Dark Web is a breeding ground for organised crime groups. ‘There are organised crime groups such as drug dealers, arms dealers, and other general criminal activities. There are also hacking groups, trading information, selling ransomware, credit cards and so forth. But, apart from acting as a marketplace, the Dark Web also acts as a communication for said parties. When you couple it with the anonymous payment of cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin, you’re in business. You have the means to communicate with likeminded individuals, you have customers ready to buy, and a payment mechanism. Which is the dream scenario for anyone wanting to stay below the radar.’ – Eleanor Barlow, SecurityHQ

Cybercrime delivered as a service is also highly sought after and provides those with lesser skills to be able to commit illegal actions, including DDoS attacks, ransomware, and fraud. Tools can be purchased using a percentage of the criminal profits, and there are multiple manuals and how-to guides available for wannabe threat actors to start attacks.

XDR to Combat and Mitigate against Cyber Organised Crime

To keep up with growing organised crime threats, businesses now require different combinations of detection and response capabilities. SecurityHQ offers Extended Detection & Response (XDR) with multiple feature options, to ensure an enhanced security posture. By combining Network Detection and Response, Endpoint Detection and Response, SIEM, User Behaviour Analytics, and 24/7 SOC capabilities for real-time Detection and Active Response, receive 360-degree visibility that is constantly evolving and adapting to your hybrid, multi-cloud, IT environment, across your logs, Endpoint, and network, to increase speed of detection and remediation of both known and unknown threats.

For more information on how to mitigate against cyber organised crime, talk to a SecurityHQ expert.

XDR Service Essentials – Everything you need to know…

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By SecurityHQ

To keep up with new threats, businesses now require different combinations of detection and response capabilities. XDR is one of the latest security services being promoted by Managed Security Service Providers (MSSP’s) around the globe. The term stands for Extended Detection and Response (XDR) and claims to be the latest in detection, investigation, and response.

What Should XDR Include?

At SecurityHQ, we get vendors asking about XDR daily. For SecurityHQ, XDR is a service that combines multiple feature options, to ensure an enhanced security posture specific to the user/company. Every company is different, and every industry requires different security needs. Which is why our XDR combines Managed Detection & Response (MDR) with a combination of some, or all the following elements, depending on your service needs. These elements include MDR, UBA, Network Flow Analytics, EDR, Threat Containment and Dark Web Monitoring” – Eleanor Barlow, Content Manager, SecurityHQ

User Behaviour Analytics: Identify patterns of usage that indicate malicious or anomalous user behaviour. From launched apps, file access, to network activity, monitor who touched what, when and where an element was accessed, how it was made, and how often.

Network Flow Analytics: View and gain a comprehensive view of your entire network infrastructure, by examining sources, target ports, IP addresses and more.

Endpoint Detection & Response: Continually monitor endpoints, gain full visibility of your whole IT environment, detect incidents, mediate alerts, stop breaches, and receive instant advice.

System X Threat Containment: IR Security Orchestration Automation and Response (SOAR) for accelerated enrichement, playbooks and threat containment.

Dark Web Monitoring: Monitor the dark, deep, and visible web to detect risks and alert, investigate and take down offending content.

Bring Your own License: Whatever features work best for you, either apply SecurityHQ’s own SentinelOne turnkey solution, or bring your own license and merge the package you want.

Core Benefits of XDR

  • Essential Cyber-Solutions and Improved SIEM Experience, Combined for Multi-Layer Protection.
  • Advanced Threat Prevention & Detection with Comprehensive View of Risks via Real-Time Monitoring and Alerting.
  • Compliance Standards Supported.
  • 24/7 Incident Response Supported by GCIH Certified Incident Handlers
  • Cost Saving – No Need to Build Internal SOC Capabilities or Maintain the Required Tools.

To learn more about XDR, the features, and benefits, download the SecurityHQ data sheet here. Or, if you want would like to speak with a security expert, contact our team.

The freedom to focus on what matters most

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By Rapid7

Today’s cyber security cannot follow the old playbook designed for detecting and mitigating attacks. The push for digitisation across industries and sectors has expanded the threat surface exponentially. The latest spike in ransomware attacks, data breaches, IP theft, bear testimony to that. Things have changed and need to be revamped and redesigned, keeping the latest attack vectors and attack surfaces in mind.

Therefore, it’s crucial to find a more holistic approach to threat detection, response, and mitigation beyond traditional endpoints, covering network and cloud. This is where Extended Detection and Response (XDR) comes in. XDR unifies and transforms relevant security data from your modern environment to detect real attacks and provide security teams with high-context and actionable insights. By aggregating threat detection and response across multiple controls, XDR can improve response efficacy and efficiency.

But did you know there’s probably something else worrying your security teams? After countless conversations with customers, we consistently hear one thing: what eludes security teams is not attackers; it’s time. Teams don’t have the time or resources to do it all, and forced trade-offs create opportunities for attackers to get in.

That’s why we purpose-built InsightIDR to give teams time to focus on successful, proactive and complete threat detection and response programs. InsightIDR is cloud-native and SaaS-delivered to eliminate the distractions of months-to-years-long deployments and configurations. With a focus on flexibility, intuitive UI, and a highly contextualised view of the environment ‘out of the box’, InsightIDR helps teams level up resources and see value on day one.

To sum it up, when your team is up against an attack, every second matters. With detailed, correlated investigations, a complete timeline of an attack and all relevant information they need in one place. With expert and community-driven playbooks and containment and automation built-in, your security analysts are empowered to eliminate threats faster—before attackers can succeed.

Find out more about how XDR can help your security team gain contextualised insights and streamlined SecOps.