How Does Automated Threat Remediation Work In A Pre-Existing Business?

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Did your organization recently decide to adopt extended detection and response (XDR) as part of your security operations?

Adopting XDR to drive your cybersecurity is a great choice for many enterprises and can help you protect your business in face of ever-developing threats. Yet even as more than 90% of businesses work on integrating XDR into their security operations, you may have some questions.

How can your organization transition from your current system and leverage XDR to its full potential?

While XDR could entail a wide variety of strategies and configurations, one aspect can drive the biggest impact to your threat detection and response capabilities. You should begin by automating your security operations.

4 Steps to Automating Threat Remediation

Although automating your threat remediation capabilities may seem intimidating, this process can be separated into just 4 easy steps:

  1. Assess Business Risk
  2. Configure Existing Tools
  3. Consolidate Data Sources
  4. Design Workflows

By implementing a comprehensive automation strategy, you can improve your organization’s security operations in no time.

Here’s how:

Step 1: Assess Business Risk

Your organization faces unique cyber risks based on your industry, size, technology stack, and a multitude of other factors.

Before you can develop any automation capability, your team has to get a comprehensive picture of what your cybersecurity program is trying to achieve. Some potential questions you could consider include:

  • What threats have you encountered in the past?
  • What assets are you protecting?
  • What business goals are driving your security efforts?

By incorporating key stakeholders across your entire organization into the assessment process, you can develop an accurate picture of your risk tolerance and key vulnerabilities. After all, your security program doesn’t exist in a vacuum.

Step 2: Configure Existing Tools

Once you understand what factors are affecting your risk management efforts, you can begin working on a solution.

Start with the tools you already have. You’ve been in business for some time and your existing security stack holds key insights to automating your threat remediation processes. Validate the importance of each tool within your overall infrastructure and configure it according to your new goals.

If you find any significant limitations to your existing security stack, you can address them in the following steps.

Step 3: Consolidate Data Sources

Efficient automation depends on robust data collection and visibility.

With XDR, you can integrate all of your data sources, such as endpoints, networks, and cloud services. By eliminating gaps in your threat detection and response solution, you can get a complete picture of any threat you encounter.

A complete view of your organization’s security posture can then guide you to develop solutions for both prevention and remediation across a wide spectrum of possible attacks.

Step 4: Design Workflows

After completing the first 3 steps, you should:

  • Understand your risk tolerance
  • Leverage your full security stack
  • See all relevant security data across multiple sources

Building on that preparation, you can begin automating threat response protocols.

A robust automation solution should consist of two parts:

  1. Automated manual processes
  2. AI-driven recommendations

Automate Manual Processes

Take advantage of all the insights you’ve gained in your past security operations.

Begin by standardizing and automating common workflows that your analysts have been doing again and again. Automation should fit into your organization as organically as possible, so take advantage of patterns that your team has already noticed when encountering past threats.

Incorporate AI-Driven Recommendations

As time goes on, your organization will encounter new types of attacks that might not have even existed a few months prior.

Intelligent insights from XDR-driven automation systems can help you deal even with completely new types of security events quickly and efficiently. Most modern solutions on the market can provide you with custom and relevant recommendations on how to handle any incoming threats.

Wrapping Up: The Importance of Automation

By incorporating insights across all of your data sources, security algorithms can automate remediation and lower risk of data breaches across many types of attacks.

Even if your current security program is entirely manual and inefficient, you can leverage your existing experience into a robust automated threat remediation program. Incorporate your current tools and methods into a more comprehensive automation solution and your business will be ready to face ever-evolving threats.

If you’d like hands-on assistance, our team at Pareto Cyber is happy to help you through the entire process outlined above.