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Use Threat Hunting to Go on Cyber Security Offense

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Here in Ohio, archery season for white-tailed deer, starts later this month (September), and the key to a successful hunt involves proactive, careful, and precise planning. An expert deerstalker will scout out ideal hunting locations: potentially looking for areas with pine trees, accessible drinking water, animal tracks, and adequate space and hiding areas for sleeping or fawning. All of these variables enable big game to feel safe. According to the Thirtyseven4 EDR Security team, a new term has recently taken center stage within the security industry, and that term is threat hunting. The art of threat hunting involves proactively rooting out cyber threats that are lurking undetected within a network. Incorporating enhanced technologies, threat hunting goes beyond conventional detection techniques that merely attempt to sniff out known malware to unearth potential threats that standard security software will miss. Threat hunting provides a layer of proactive security that results in higher outcomes of revealed network breaches and vulnerabilities.

In much the same ways that a successful deer hunter takes note of variables such as surrounding landmarks, wind direction, and weather influences, as all having an impact upon the hunting “pressure” within a vicinity– a successful computer security ‘threat hunter’ must also proactively monitor network surroundings, looking for anomalies, unusual patterns, and cybercriminal ‘tracks’ that may have been previously missed or undetected.  Lack-of-awareness or missed-signs will result in an undetected infiltration of one’s network.