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Benefits of DarkTrace Threat Visualizer

Cybersecurity remains an ever-evolving topic, and the rate of cyber-attacks continues to increase. According to the Verizon 2019 Data Breach Investigations study, the most astonishing fact surrounds how attacks occur—through insiders. Insider threats are difficult to identify and almost impossible to stop with traditional cybersecurity technology. However, DarkTrace has a solution that actively works to identify and halt these threats before they cost big bucks. For organizations that have endured the hassle and stress of a cyber-attack or that simply wish to improve identification and responsiveness of cybersecurity threats or attacks, the full DarkTrace architecture is the ultimate solution. To understand the true scale and value of DarkTrace, consider the benefits of the DarkTrace Threat Visualizer.

DARKTRACE PROTECTS NETWORKS ACROSS ALL INDUSTRIES

A primary advantage of the DarkTrace Threat Visualizer lies in its wide application across any network or industry. On the surface, the DarkTrace Visualizer shows users all active connections and sheds visibility on interactions and servers involved in such interactions.

REAL-TIME MONITORING OF NETWORKS

Real-time monitoring of networks and devices through the DarkTrace Visualizer provides users with an opportunity to see interactions in real time and respond. Of course, no one could conceivably analyze each interaction 100% of the time. Regardless, real-time monitoring is critical, so the autonomous response system becomes the next biggest benefit in the Visualizer.

AUTONOMOUS RESPONSE SYSTEM CONTINUOUSLY VERIFIES CREDENTIALS AND INTERACTIONS

DarkTrace’s autonomous response system is the brains behind the cyber AI platform. It serves to continuously verify credentials, review security measures, and leverage historical data to understand behaviors of data transmission and interactions, promoting the detection of anomalies and intervention, if necessary.

Relying on machine learning, the AI continuously adapts user profiles and data to further understand how behaviors evolve, not just based on a strict series of rules within the system. As a result, users can grow and expand their reach without increasing the vulnerability of the network, whether knowingly or unknowingly engaging in such activities. As an interface, the DarkTrace Threat Visualizer transforms all interactions into complex history logs that can easily be reviewed at the touch of a button by user, IP address, domain or any other search criteria.

A VISUAL STORYBOARD, THE “DVR”, HELPS SECURITY TEAMS UNDERSTAND AND PREVENT RECURRENCE OF CYBERSECURITY BREACHES

Things will go wrong, but it is how the organization responds to a threat that makes a difference. The visual storyboard, a digital video recording of sorts, gives users an opportunity to view the activities of the DarkTrace platform, such as what occurred, why it occurred, and what triggered the initiation of DarkTrace Antigena, an integral part of the cyber AI platform within the DarkTrace architecture.

Antigena uses AI to intervene on behalf of the company to prevent the threat from continuing to cause problems. Meanwhile, the recording allows for the replaying of past events, which holds immense value in helping team members explain to employees how their actions may have created a vulnerability. Fortunately, the system stopped it from continuing, but still, using the record as a teaching tool will always promote more secure, safe interactions for users.

MACHINE LEARNING ADAPTS TO THE PATTERN OF LIFE FOR EACH USER AND INTERACTION, INCLUDING NON-MALICIOUS EVENTS

While machine learning rests heavily on the AI-guided side of DarkTrace, it carries additional value through ongoing self-learning and recognition of patterns of life for all users and interactions. Any new device or user may exhibit new interactions, but when these interactions strongly diverge from the expected pathway, the system can intervene. Also, machine learning powers the DarkTrace Visualizer, showing why the interaction or activity stood apart from past behaviors.

DARKTRACE IDENTIFIES SLOW, STEALTHY ATTACKS EARLIER THAN OTHER SYSTEMS BY FOCUSING ON THE ACTIVITY, NOT THE PENETRATION

Speaking of past activity, behavioral changes are normal, but they should occur intentionally. DarkTrace Threat Visualizer takes the recognition of past behavioral changes into account, providing a resource for identifying the potential vulnerabilities that arise from within the system. Since internal threats remain a problem, this benefit alone helps to identify slow, stealthy attacks, especially when the user is unaware such an event has occurred. For instance, an unattended, unlocked and accessible computer that became the entry point for a malware-containing USB may afford a vulnerability. However, the DarkTrace Visualizer can recognize if this activity occurred outside of the typical user’s activity, such as while on lunch or after leaving the office. A fact, that forms another benefit alone—around-the-clock surveillance of the network’s cybersecurity and intervention when necessary.

COLOR-CODED ALERTS ENABLE FASTER RECOGNITION AND IDENTIFICATION OF PROBLEMS WITHOUT REVIEWING COUNTLESS DATA STREAMS

When an anomaly occurs, the graphic interface changes the color of the “data streams” affected, the user’s device, and other potentially infected devices to make them more recognizable and alert IT team members of the issue. Color-coded interactions help people understand what happened and how to prevent it from recurring. Of course, the AI took the added step of intervention and quarantining the infected device, but still, seeing what happened can go a long way in devising a solution to either reset the machine or otherwise preserve data and hardware.

GRAPHIC REPRESENTATIONS OFFER A BETTER WAY TO UNDERSTAND UNUSUAL BEHAVIORS AND DEVIATIONS

Within the Visualizer, users can finally see more about what makes a behavior anomalous. Is it the time a data transfer occurred? Does it involve the duration of the interaction? There are countless questions to ask, and the Visualizer can answer them. For instance, a user could drill down into the Visualizer to see the volume of data moving within a given interaction, such as an upload to the company server, and identify whether it deviates from the typical activity. In this case, a back-up data storage process that carries a large deviation in size, such as 70%+ more data than typical, would trigger the autonomous response system and mitigate the threat before it causes a disruption.

CONTAINMENT HELPS WORKERS MAINTAIN DUTIES WITHOUT COMPLETE DISRUPTION OF DEVICE ACTIVITIES

Disruption containment forms the final benefit of the Visualizer. Since the system continuously scans and monitors activities for anomalies, the system also has the capability to recognize potentially harmful activities from regular ones, isolating the threat within the network without sacrificing worktime. That is a basic disruption-free intervention, and it gives workers the peace of mind to continue their duties, even when an unknowingly harmful activity was occurring. By cutting the connection to the goal-server of the malware or other harmful software, the DarkTrace architecture resolves the threat.

DEPLOY DARKTRACE TO TAP THE VALUE OF THE THREAT VISUALIZER

There is no way to know who in your organization might be working for the other side (most likely unintentionally). The best and biggest firewalls on the planet cannot do anything to help when someone on your team threatens your cybersecurity with malware. In addition, the routine use of public systems, including social media attachments, can lead to the introduction of malware to your network. While hoping for the best sounds nice, it won’t protect your company. But, DarkTrace transforms cybersecurity from a penetration-only point of review into an active source of cyber-attack mitigation and defense strategy. Connect with Comport for a free trail of DarkTrace’s advanced cybersecurity system today.

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