Advanced Detection and Response: Security Should Fit Like a Glove

March 16, 2022

If CISO burnout was at an all-time high before the pandemic, imagine the heat now with exponential IoT growth, mountains of data and all kinds of formidable evolutions going bump in the bytes. At any given enterprise, at this very moment, it’s likely that legions of bad guys are testing the fences for weaknesses, or worse, they’re already inside (…lookin’ at you, Log4j).


These are all emergent hallmarks of a world digitizing and transforming at full tilt, and they’re keeping security professionals on their toes confronting a new threat landscape that’s leagues more complex than it was just 18 months ago. COVID-19 blew up the attack surface and put a fast track on digital transformation. Already sprinting to keep up, cybersecurity decision-makers were thrust into a sprawling multi-cloud and -carrier environment chock-full of contracts and limitations.



CISOs and ADR – A Tailored Match

The modern CISO is charged with navigating the vast, twinkling lights of security technologies, all while keeping an eye on the horizon. But fusing various packaged solutions to accommodate an organization in situ is an astronomical lift. Deploying said solutions is one thing, but managing them to boot can easily encumber staff, drain budgets and leave significant security gaps — the kind of gaps that are apt to suck the wind right out of an enterprise’s sails. Oof.


Tiring of this DIY piecemeal parade, more and more CISOs are turning to bespoke approaches to cybersecurity. Advanced Detection and Response (ADR), for instance, postulates that security can be strengthened and simplified if it complements an enterprise’s specific operations and goals (too often, it’s the other way around as “solutions” become technology and procedure dictators). Centering on “uniqueness,” that is, an organization’s one-of-a-kind challenges and requirements, solutions like ADR tailor technology and expertise to forge a completely bespoke cybersecurity program.


What might the benefits be to such a model? Naturally, going with the grain of business operations (instead of fighting against them, go figure) has plenty of perks across an organization. But perhaps the most important by-product of ADR specifically is the development of business resilience - a critical factor for weathering the storms ahead.



How ADR Works

“Ideal” security posture is like personal development: it shouldn’t be thought of as an ultimate destination, but rather, a never-ending voyage. Charting the future’s muddy waters with confidence will require a stance that effectively balances strategy, threat detection engineering and cloud transformation. ADR delivers these initiatives, but rather than applying prepackaged versions and expecting conformity, it tailors them to an organization to highlight its preexisting strengths and harden its weaknesses. Solving for specific systemic gaps, such an approach smooths out hang ups and expedites the milestones most relevant to an enterprise’s singular security journey.


Leveraging cybersecurity architecture and engineering, ADR designs a dynamic model that matures and optimizes security programmatically. And because the threatscape seems to redefine itself almost daily, ongoing advisory and global security operations centers (SOC) support are a given. So rather than a one-and-done type deal, or a “set and forget it,” it’s more like a partner, one that doesn’t just pitch camp and leave. Such a model opens a realm of possibilities for security teams to innovate based on specific use cases, or to define a “North Star.” It also lets them replicate and scale what works.


In cybersecurity land, context and perception are king. One factor that sets ADR apart is its open ecosystem, which ingests data from many sources and converges past, present and predictive intelligence for sweeping context over the entire technology stack. With data aggregated and simplified, noise minimized and threats dragged out into the light, security teams can respond to incidents better and faster. Enhanced visibility, event reporting and log analytics are further enriched with real-time intelligence to drive a proactive, threat-informed defense and counter bad actors’ latest antics.



ADR and Future Trends

ADR also quiets today’s competing bustle of threat detection and response solutions. There’s currently a menagerie of D&R options, each geared toward a specific attack surface evolution, and each bearing variable relevance depending on the organization. ADR answers this conundrum by attuning to any given organization and infusing the appropriate strengths of previous D&R offerings. The fully tailored solution is fed by aforementioned SOCs, which integrate with SOAR platforms (hello, automation!) for continuous monitoring, tuning and rapid response. Using machine learning, the Advanced Fusion Center (AFC) further matures and customizes SOC benefits, and that means speeding response times even more.


For security leaders in The Great Resignation era, improving business resilience can make all the difference in role confidence and longevity. These professionals might consider a streamlined solution that fortifies the business by reducing risk, thinking ahead to reduce the severity of attacks, and planning for continuity in case of breach. They might consider something like ADR to buy their organization back time, resources and peace of mind, so they can focus on the road ahead.


John Ayers
VP, Managed Extended Detection and Response (MXDR) | Optiv
John Ayers drives technology and security innovation, operations and detection/response. Ayers, who has more than 20 years of cybersecurity experience, previously served as the chief product officer at Nuspire, vice president of product management at Netsurion, chief information security officer at both NETSource and and led Level 3 global managed security services and DDoS.

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