Lighten the Security Analyst’s Workload with XDR for Better Threat Detection

How much time do you and your cyber security team spend chasing false alerts or maintaining security controls? How much time do you spend training new security team members because of employee burnout due to repetitive network monitoring tasks?


The vast majority of security operations address this problem manually, throwing people at the alert tidal wave and hoping they are skilled enough to do a good job; however, the consequences of looking at a screen all day can be far worse than just individual boredom. Spending time on mundane tracking can actually prevent organizations from improving their security posture or simply keeping their environment and data secure. Unfortunately, the volume and complexity of alerts has outstripped the traditional approach to analysis. Mandiant has a solution.

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Better threat intelligence with automation

Good threat intelligence requires relevant context on the risks facing your organization. Threat intelligence is critical, given how much more data is produced, stored and shared, and given the sophistication of persistent threat actors looking to turn your data into their financial gain.

Your security analysts can only do so much. They need help, which is possible through automation. Humans are best at hunting for real attacks and chasing down the attackers, while machines are great at repetitive, high-volume tasks. But you want to have the right tools to complement your human workforce. For this particular task, extended detection and response (XDR) is the right tool.

With Mandiant Automated Defense, our XDR solution, the analysis and triage of security data is automated with a level of depth and consistency unmatched by human analysis. Its intelligent decision engine provides built-in reasoning and judgement to make faster and better decisions.

By implementing this kind of automation, SOC analysts are freed up to work on more interesting and engaging activities, which can go a long way towards reducing burnout.

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Adding context to the clues

Context helps immensely when determining what is a threat and what isn’t. XDR can recognize if a system has behaved the same way in the past and whether that behavior was malicious activity. It remembers all the vulnerabilities a system may have so it can gauge whether the activity it sees poses a real threat. This allows people to spend their time remediating incidents and improving network security.

Deploying Mandiant Automated Defense is like adding a virtual team of superhuman analysts to your security team. Mandiant Automated Defense allows your team to focus on engaging, higher-value tasks such as threat hunting, combatting analyst burnout, training drains and churn. You’ll also be able to on-board new analysts quicker because the data is accurate and there are far fewer false positives. More experienced analysts can focus on rolling out better protection capabilities. It’s a win-win situation for everyone—analysts’ jobs become more rewarding and improved threat intelligence makes the overall organization more secure.

For more information on improving your detection and response capabilities, access our latest on-demand webinar or security effectiveness podcast.