Uplevel your SOC with one tool and the insights behind it- Part 2

Many SOC teams are often forced to piece together information from multiple monitoring solutions and navigate through a daily overload of alerts with little or no context. The result: critical attacks are missed and only discovered when it’s too late.

This blog series reviews how you can uplevel your SOC with one tool and the insights behind it, and how it can benefit your organization and increase your SOC efficiency.

In our previous blog, we discussed the main challenges SOCs are facing worldwide. This blog will review the affirmative steps required toward creating an efficient SOC for your business and how Check Point Infinity SOC helps businesses improve their SOC practices.

Creating an efficient SOC for your business

A well-conceived security platform should address multiple technologies and automate processes such as:

  • Detecting a compromised asset – Detection methodologies are often based on correlation rules that look for known attacks at entry points. Such rules become increasingly ineffective as attacks grow more complex, longer-lasting, or distributed. Modern detection technologies must incorporate behavior and context-aware machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) models to effectively ferret out unknown threats and sophisticated attack chains.
  • Attributing a number of “low signals” with a specific malware family or threat actor – An analyst will often have access to malware signatures from a threat intelligence service or antivirus list. However, correlating and associating different indicators of compromise (IOC) into a single malware family is difficult to do even for the most skilled analysts.
  • Using telemetry for Web and email defenses in threat mitigation – Email is a common attack vector for ransomware and phishing attacks. While email attacks are crude, they are inexpensive to launch and have little risk from the standpoint of the adversary to launch. With email, a platform needs to identify the type of threat being perpetrated—data extrusion, phishing, or information skimming.
  • Including geolocation as an IoC – With a modern detection platform, a SOC analyst can research where a message came from and take the appropriate action.
  • Collecting the history of a file – SIEM indexing can be a painful and fruitless experience. Ideally, a platform can be queued to find the first time a file was first observed on the network or to see if the file has a specific history.
  • Working with a visualization of sub-nets – Visibility requires that a SOC analyst see where an attacker is headed. However, trying to piece together events from IP addresses would be a nightmare. A platform can use automation to make this process easier.
  • Detonating a file in a sandbox – Finding a suspicious file and placing it in a sandbox for observation is a standard practice within a SOC. Having a platform that automated this operation for the most suspicious files is beneficial.

Finally, there are four things all businesses should consider as they look to improve their SOC practices:

  1. Manual processes are error-prone and frustrating.
  2. Time is a valuable commodity. Hours spent in triage is time not spent in other IT/SecOps endeavors. It is also more time for the adversary to cause damage or steal from the network.
  3. A skilled analyst may be able to do many security tasks well in real-time, but it is exceptionally difficult to gain holistic context about a threat environment while actively assembling details about who/what/where/when.
  4. Detection represents half of the story. Detection must provide clues into how an adversary should be thwarted and the network remediated.

To read more on what you can do to overcome SOC challenges and how Infinity SOC helps businesses improve their SOC practices, download the IDC Spotlight paper.

How Check Point Infinity SOC helps businesses improve their SOC practices

Check Point Infinity SOC is a cloud-based platform that enables SOC analysts to expose, investigate, and shut down attacks faster and with 99.9% precision. Check Point’s Next Generation firewall customers can quickly onboard, as Infinity SOC does not require any new deployment of probes or sensors.

Infinity SOC uses the power of AI to accurately pinpoint real attacks from millions of daily logs and alerts. It enables SOC teams to quickly respond to the most severe threats with automated triage and single-click remediation.

Infinity SOC allows SOC teams to “Google search” any indicator of compromise (IoC) from a centralized portal and quickly get highly processed threat intelligence and unique research data such as geographical spread, targeted industries, attack timeline, and methods.

Infinity SOC alerts SOC teams when it detects a lookalike domain used to impersonate your corporate website and email domains and provides a takedown option to prevent any brand hijacking attempts.

To read more on what you can do to overcome SOC challenges and how Infinity SOC helps businesses improve their SOC practices, download the IDC Spotlight paper.