Cybersecurity Faces Several Key Challenges

Modern cyberthreats are multi-staged stretched over time

Whether it is advanced persistent threats, multi-stage ransomware or the actions of a malicious insider, modern cyberthreats are not singular actions but these are attack campaigns of multiple steps spanning across the infrastructure. Every attacker knows that, as an outsider, they must look like an insider.

Isolated visibility from point solutions is inadequate

Individual observations from siloed products such as EDR, NDR, and other security controls isolate critical information. Worse, observations become weak signals of suspicious behaviors that create a deluge of false positives.

Lack of overall threat context

When investigating an alert, analysts have to answer THE basic question--what happened?--to scope and attribute the attack. This requires understanding the entire attack story by holistically unifying all security signals in the context of the attacker's steps taking place at different points in time and at different parts of the infrastructure.

Failure of the security paradigm

Although Cyber Kill Chain is well understood and there are methods to detect individual tactics and techniques (MITRE ATT&CK), there is no technology to deterministically detect the attack sequence. Instead, analysts spend their time piecing together a jigsaw puzzle that is rearranged daily, and that is the root cause of why attackers manage to dwell inside the enterprise infrastructure for days, weeks, and often months.


Causation Enables Certainty

Correlation is based on proximity and locality of events. Stealthy attackers are able to exploit these limitations. A bottoms up exhaustive causal relationship building between all activities leads to deterministic stitching of attack steps regardless of time gap, where in the infrastructure they occur, and the source of risk observation.

Causality delivers deterministic tracking of Cyber Kill Chain to uncover completely arbitrary infrastructure-wide attack sequences in real-time. Most importantly, causality solves a key challenge faced by cybersecurity today: the inability to build the attack story. It changes the paradigm from reactive investigations to proactive interception of attacks.

Confluera XDR Changes the Paradigm

There is always a cause and effect relationship between all events happening across an enterprise infrastructure. Confluera is the only solution that brings the ability to track events and stitch them as deterministic sequences via cause and effect. As risky observations (behavior and anomaly based detections) are applied to these event sequences, the attack story starts to unfold itself in real-time. It is this ability that allows continuous and real-time threat interception, which otherwise would be post-facto manual investigations at best. Skill and resource intensive efforts to identify and remediate threats after-the-fact are infeasible and cannot be scaled to meet the challenges of modern cyberthreats.