Is Predictive Threat Intelligence Really a Must-have?
Is Predictive Threat Intelligence really a must-have for your SOC’s threat intel program?
It’s a legitimate question.
It’s a question we often get asked.
No one else seems to be talking about it. Other security companies don’t prioritize predicting attacks. Heck, they don’t even mention it as a possibility.
The reason there is little discussion around predictive threat intelligence is simple. Today’s crop of threat intel providers simply don’t have the capacity to predict where new attacks will come from. But Augur’s patented, ML-powered predictive threat intelligence is letting security organizations look into the future to identify tomorrow’s threat vectors today.
Today’s Actions. Tomorrow’s Threats
The current SOP across most SOCs is reactive, based on recognizing attacks and responding as quickly as possible. Some software protects your perimeter, some detect intrusions already in your networks, and some protect your endpoints. The common weakness is they are all looking for threats or behaviors based on threats identified in the past. The protection they provide is valuable, and some platforms are exceptionally good at what they do.
But they all have one common blindspot: they don’t do a good job defending against novel threats and zero-day exploits. Even systems that use AI-based behavioral analysis are still looking at past behavior.
This leaves your network critically vulnerable to becoming patient zero for the latest exploit.
Predicting the Where Instead of the How
Augur’s predictive threat intelligence is proactive, seeking out and identifying threats long before attacks are launched.
Augur’s classifiers scan the internet daily, looking at new IPs, domains, BGP announcements, and DNS resolutions using machine learning and behavioral profiling to identify new criminal infrastructure. Augur looks for very distinctive patterns of activity that are common to the build-up of threat infrastructure. Augur is also able to identify the digital fingerprints (TTPs) of cyber-criminal groups and attribute threat infrastructure to specific groups.
The predictions Augur makes are over 97% accurate. More importantly, they produce an extremely low rate of false positives (0.01%). That means you can trust Augur predictions enough to take action on them and even automate enforcement based on them. We can’t predict every threat. But each year Augur predicts more than 400K IPs to be malicious.
But Why Does Prediction Matter?
OK, you can predict the future. But why is predictive threat intel a must-have for my SOC’s security posture?
There are three major benefits to predicting the source of attacks rather than identifying the type of attack.
- If you predict where attacks will originate, you don’t need to know what form the attack will take. You simply block any communication in or out with the attack infrastructure before attacks can take place, thereby nullifying a significant advantage of novel attacks.
- If you know who the infrastructure belongs to, you can block all traffic from infrastructure belonging to the groups who target you, not just IPs involved in the current exploit. This adds an extra extended layer of proactive protection.
- Blocking threats based on predictions takes time pressure off your SOC team, reduces alert overall and improves your security posture and resilience.
So if novel threat protection, extended threat coverage and enhance SOC posture and resilience are important to your organization, then Augur is a must-have.
If you’re willing to roll the dice and try to protect your network the old-fashioned way - then maybe it isn’t.
Let Augur Enhance Your Security
Augur predictive threat data is now available as a standalone feed or as part of the Augur PDR.
Whether you are just looking to add unique and valuable data to your threat intel program or your looking for a platform that can orchestrate and automate enforcement, reduce noise in your SOC and provide in-depth context and enrichment for your threat hunters, we have a solution that is right for you.
These are big claims. But you don’t have to take our word for it. If you’re interested in seeing how Augur’s predictive intelligence can provide unique coverage and how Augur’s streamlined workflow can reduce alert overload and improve overall security posture, email us at email@example.com.