2021 Threat Hunting Report: OverWatch Once Again Leaves Adversaries With Nowhere to Hide

This time last year, the CrowdStrike Falcon OverWatch™ reported on mounting cyber threats facing organizations as they raced to adopt work-from-home practices and adapt to constraints imposed by the rapidly escalating COVID-19 crisis. Unfortunately, the 12 months that followed have offered little in the way of reprieve for defenders. The past year has been marked by some of the most significant and widespread cyberattacks the world has seen.

The Need for Advanced Threat Hunting

The 2017 DefCon conference featured former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, who spoke about artificial intelligence, computers, and of course, chess.  After losing a match to a purpose-built computer in 1997, Kasparov realized that the machine, although it had beaten him, was not truly intelligent:  it had simply out-calculated him, by examining over 200 million chess positions per second.  Kasparov soon devised “advanced chess”, in which a strong human player teams up with a computer.   Advanced chess combines the best human qualities of imagination, judgment,

Where Does your Agency Stand on the Cyber Threat Hunting Maturity Model?

Many organizations are quickly discovering that cyber threat hunting is the next step in the evolution of the modern Security Operations Center (SOC).

But what is “hunting"?

Sqrrl, a leader in big data analytics and cybersecurity, defines hunting as “the process of proactively and iteratively searching through networks to detect and isolate advanced threats that evade existing security solutions.”