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How should threat management processes change as risk evolves?

Advances in security tools are changing threat management processes. Learn how infosec pros are utilizing UTM platforms, AI and threat intelligence services to alleviate risk.

The number of threats a business must protect against continues to grow at an alarming rate. This may leave some security professionals feeling overwhelmed in their efforts to keep up. Fortunately, security technology is evolving as well. Technical advances are made with security teams in mind, making it easier to mitigate the growing number of traditional and emerging threats.

Enterprise threat management processes must better incorporate these time-saving technologies. Below are three shifts in security technologies that are changing how infosec professionals manage IT threats in the enterprise.

Consolidate tools and sharing of threat information

Security tools, including unified threat management (UTM) platforms, consolidate virus/malware prevention and web/content filtering, as well as protections against the latest email threats, in a single platform. A UTM approach reduces security tool management overhead and helps when threat information is shared across multiple tools. When threats can be identified through multiple methods, false positives are greatly reduced.

Use of AI and automation

AI is also advancing in many modern security tools. Consider automated penetration testing (pen testing) tools that utilize AI, for example. They incorporate tests for emerging threats and, in the process, change how pen tests are performed. In the past, traditional practices involved performing largely manual pen tests on an annual or semiannual basis. New automated pen tests can be run at a much higher frequency -- or even continuously. Thus, the use of AI and automation in threat management processes not only saves time, but it increases the chances of identifying security gaps before they can be exploited.

Utilize external threat intelligence services

Lastly, many threat management processes are shifting to help rapidly identify and protect against new and emerging threats. The use of external threat intelligence services is a low-cost way to offload the time-consuming task of zero-day exploit identification and remediation. Many organizations find it more convenient to designate a threat intelligence service to do the research and policy creation for them. Those policies can then be automatically and immediately pushed onto client network security tools for rapid enforcement -- with little human intervention required.

This was last published in December 2019

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