Make Behavioral Analytics Part of Your Security Strategy

Make Behavioral Analytics Part of Your Security Strategy

Network behavioral analysis provides a systematic, architectural approach to network security. It performs deep packet analysis to spot advanced persistent threats (APTs) and zero-day attacks.

The financial services industry has long used behavioral analytics to spot fraudulent credit card transactions. Advanced security service providers use similar techniques to spot increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks like those that have plagued Apple, Facebook and Microsoft with the goal of carrying out industrial espionage.

Forward-thinking organizations are turning to advanced behavioral analytics to spots these types of attacks by detecting the underlying behaviors used by sophisticated hackers.

Here are 2 Key Benefits to Behavioral Analysis

1. Shifting to Rapid Response

It’s a given that cyber attacks will continue to evolve and successfully evade traditional detection methods. Behavioral analytics help compensate for the limitations in existing security appliances such as firewalls and intrusion detection systems. Solutions that can detect emerging network behaviors enable companies to shift their focus from blocking and preventing breaches to detecting and rapidly responding to attacks.

2. Adapt and Defend

A complex network is a type of self-organizing system. Network behavioral analysis technology uses advanced analysis techniques to find unusual or altered network activities that are the indicators of an APT. It’s not possible to stop all hackers at your network perimeter so it’s essential to spot abnormal activities taking place within your network.

Here’s how network behavioral analysis works:
  • Packet data, IDS/IPS alerts, scans, vendor threats, and data feeds are continuously analyzed and correlated.
  • Raw packet data is used rather than log files because packets contain more data for analysis.
  • Data analysis occurs over the course of days, weeks and months to correlate seemingly discrete events intentionally spaced-out to avoid detection.
  • Analysis is geared to an individual network. A behavioral system becomes customized to that network so that it can adapt and function without human intervention.
  • A behavioral system has “learned intelligence” that can measure increasing hostile activity and predict behaviors that enable it to track developing threats leading up to a breach.

Network behavioral analysis is becoming an essential means to identify and stop advanced threats. Learn more about network behavior analysis so that your organization can quickly and accurately identify attackers in their tracks

About Craig D' Abreo

VP, Security Operations, Masergy
Craig oversees the Managed Security, Threat Intelligence and Security Professional Services departments at Masergy. He is responsible for Masergy’s proactive enterprise cybersecurity threat management and operations program. Craig holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and an MBA in Information Security. He is a Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP) with over a decade of experience in the security industry and holds various network security certifications. He has written on various security blogs, spoken on a range of industry panels and is a recognized thought leader in the cybersecurity space.