Better Decision-Making for Modern Security Teams

Despite increased investment in new security tools, the perceived return (ROI) achieved by security operations centers (SOCs) is starting to degrade. Security teams point to management complexity, a rise in outsourcing costs and security engineering expenses as contributors to the overall dissatisfaction in certain organizations with their team’s ability to combat growing cyber threats.

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The malaise is unfortunately not limited to business leaders; SOC workers are also increasingly unhappy, with 85% 1 of respondents in a recent Ponemon survey reporting that working in the SOC is painful or very painful. Burnout and staff turnover are on the rise and healthy remuneration packages are not softening the blow.

Burnout and staff turnover are on the rise and healthy remuneration packages are not softening the blow.

The SOC is an essential part of an organization’s defenses; minimizing false positive reporting, installing agile DevOps functions and automating machine learning tools. However, when SOC teams and business leaders start to lose confidence in one another, their effectiveness is likely to suffer and change will be required.

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This change will take the form of automation and increased availability of high quality, actionable threat intelligence. Instead of wading through data served up by poorly vetted and often outdated threat intelligence platforms, SOC teams are now able to instantly access accurate and actionable Mandiant intelligence on the threats that matter to their organization, saving them valuable time in the battle to defend their environments.

Mandiant experts have defined the new era of modern, actionable threat intelligence to have:

  • Threat intelligence that has undergone expert evaluation to ensure it is accurate, relevant and timely
  • The application of a reliable scoring system to help SOC analysts prioritize the right alerts
  • Automated integration with SIEM tools and web content to save time and ease resource burdens
  • Details of vulnerabilities leveraged by campaigns or actors
  • Contextualized threat intelligence using MITRE ATT&CK mapping
  • Inclusion of YARA rules and indicators for hunting and detection
  • Single-platform availability that is easy to access and search without the need for hours of additional analysis

The free Mandiant Advantage platform delivers this specification in full. It has been recently updated to include additional functionality and the subscriptions have a wealth of useful and time-saving features for SOC teams. Not only does Mandiant Advantage capture, aggregate and de-duplicate threat indicators such as internet protocol address, domain and file hashes from more than 70 selected open-source feeds, it also allows security analysts to search and prioritize them using an M-Score; Mandiant’s own expert-based confidence rating.

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All Mandiant Advantage users see their cyber landscape just as a Mandiant consultant does, they can undertake critical tasks faster, and with more confidence and expertise. This new Mandiant Advantage standard, by which all other threat intelligence platforms will be measured, represents the dawn of a new era in cyber threat intelligence that will radically improve and modernize SOC teams around the world.

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1 Ponemon Institute (January 2021). The Second Annual Study on the Economics of the Security Operations Center