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A cyber security compromise assessment is a systematic and objective survey of a network and various devices in use to identify and discover malware. Necessitated as staying on top of cyber security threats is now a full-time responsibility for organisations. The sources of cyber attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, with highly-motivated adversaries looking to exploit the weaknesses of your organisation.  This trend will only continue to grow, so it is important for organisations to assess their security posture and understand the likelihood of being compromised.

 

Cyber Security Compromise Assessment

 

Cyber Security Compromise AssessmentThrough a Makarov Cyber Security Compromise Assessment we can analyse an organisation for signs of an attack, active malware or other violations.  The assessment will hunt through an organisation, looking for anything suspicious, investigating and alerting you immediately of anything that needs attention.  These services provide an insight into any malicious activity that may be occurring across your organisations estate. 

 

Why Is A Cyber Security Compromise Assessment Necessary?

With growing global regulations around data protection in the enterprise, from GDPR in Europe to the new NIST framework in the US, information security managers need the ability to quickly discover and address security breaches, malicious activity, and indicators of compromise (IOCs) already present in their IT environments.  Security analysts must be able to validate whether their network and endpoints are free of malware, threat actors, APTs capable of lateral movement, and unauthorised or remote access. Assessing your cyber security risk with a security Compromise Assessment is therefore, more important than a vulnerability scan, penetration testing, and/or network traffic analysis.

 

What is a Cyber Security Compromise Assessment?

Any proactive cyber security strategy needs to include a cyber security compromise assessment of the risks to your current system and your network environment. Sophisticated threat actors, advanced persistent threats, and other new types of malware (e.g. file-less malware and polymorphic malware) are often resident inside an IT environment for months, sometimes years, before being detected and remediated. The growing number of data breaches, suggests that existing technologies are no longer enough to stop threats, and threat actors, from penetrating your perimeter.

 

Organisations need to add compromise assessments to their security program to proactively verify whether a network has already been breached and more effectively mitigate risk, enabling faster security incident response and allowing network managers to act quickly and remediate cyber attacks in near real-time.

 

Compromise Assessment Focus

Cyber Security Compromise AssessmentA Compromise Assessment focuses on identifying previously unknown, successful or ongoing compromises, so the tools and techniques used to perform the assessment must be able to identify post breach activity, dormant and hidden malware, malicious use of credentials, and Command and Control traffic.

 

The tools differ from the use of EDR platforms and network traffic analysis solutions, which focus on early detection of cyber attacks, exploits, malware installation events. These platforms and techniques attempt to prevent an attack from succeeding or catching an attack early enough to reduce damage during a data breach.  In addition to exposing threats, risks, vulnerabilities, attackers, and more, which are resident within your environment, the Makarov Cyber Security Compromise Assessment will include actionable insights of what to do with the threats found and response recommendations to remediate threats.

 

Forensic Analysis (Compromise Assessment Methodology)

Forensic Analysis is the most effective compromise assessment methodology to completing a cyber security compromise assessment.  When a breach occurs or data theft is discovered, quick response, forensic preservation of digital evidence, and the application of the right analytical methodologies and tools are critical to achieving containment, managing risks, and empowering proper remediation.  All investigations are managed by a dedicated threat investigator, giving you a greater degree of confidence and understanding of issues detected. A Forensic approach allows you to:

 

  • Identify all endpoints; hosts, systems, servers, and workloads within your network environment
  • Scan endpoints for installed applications and identify vulnerabilities
  • Expose unknown threats; active or dormant, including malware, suspicious code, scripts, autostarts, memory injections, processes, and more
  • Review collected threat intelligence data and actionable insights for swift remediation and faster cybersecurity incident response
  • Identify entry points, egress points, and perform root cause analysis enabling incident responders to peg and isolate the initial compromise
  • Complete a full cyber security compromise and risk assessment in a matter of days, not months, reducing cost.
  • Compromise assessments may be run as frequently as needed.

 

Cyber Threat Hunting

Cyber threat hunting may also be used to support this approach to proactive security. Cyber threat hunting is similar to a compromise assessment, but instead of simply exposing threats, threat hunters seek to isolate, contain, eradicate, and run post-incident certification, to verify threats are indeed removed.  Threat Hunting is an intelligence-led, expert driven by incident responders, proactive investigation that looks for evidence that a compromise may have occurred within your organisation, whether successful or not.  Essentially, threat hunting is cyber security incident response, without the incident.

 

Organisations need to incorporate post-breach detection into security operations as a proactive measure. This approach enables security and operations teams to create an iterative process for detecting infections that defensive technologies often miss, and mitigate damage that can be caused by hidden persistent compromises.

 

Conclusion

The organisation network will always have a degree of vulnerability as it struggles to keep determined attackers out,  and skilled attackers will successfully remain hidden for months, sometimes years, before being discovered. However, unless you can measure the current compromise state of your network, your cybersecurity risk profile is incomplete without a cyber security compromise assessment.  Using up-to-the-minute threat intelligence, alongside our cyber security compromise assessment will make you better equipped to protect your data, ensuring you meet the latest legal and regulatory obligations.

 

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