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The lack of pro-activity is one of the main reasons why the cybersecurity industry continues to temporarily patch the security issues rather than permanently. Organizations investing heavily in security inherently focus on responding to situations after the damage is done.
Cybersecurity functions in enterprises generally involve a security operations center (SOC) where analyst monitors alerts and follow the corporate standard protocol of responding to an alert when they find one. A SOC responding to alerts will provide little benefit in responding to an attack and can only serve to reduce and quantify the exposure.
Though SOC has its benefit the best way to approach the issue is when a team of individuals with good investigative skills spent their collective time looking and identifying patterns and problems before there is an alert.
It is crucial for companies to look for the right people with the right skill sets, which would require a careful interview process. Arming them with ongoing training and certain toolsets that are essential will build a good investigative function, the cornerstone of which is the Security Incident Event Management system (SIEM).
The system collects log records from various systems into a single repository, and with the necessary data, it allows an investigator to correlate events from various logs to look for behavioral patterns. Additionally, a good investigator must be given the time and space to follow a hunch and dig into a problem until they feel they have rectified it or reached a satisfactory point in their investigation. Organizations should invest in a strong investigative team as they can help to identify and resolve issues before they cause major damage, which is always an enterprise’s preference.