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  • Writer's pictureNeil Faraday

What are the tools used in Cybersecurity?

Threats are continuously evolving, and like everything else, they tend to follow certain trends. If one sort of danger proves to be particularly successful or profitable, others of the same type will undoubtedly follow. The finest defenses must follow these trends in order to provide users with the most comprehensive protection against the latest wave of threats. The following are some of the most effective cybersecurity tools that have survived the test of time against various types of cyberattacks. We have mentioned one tool from each domain because there are many tools dispersed throughout several disciplines of cybersecurity.


Network security programs, as well as the human IT operators who run them, are constantly under attack. New attack strategies, such as malware delivered without files, are putting a burden on resources and putting defenses to the test in two ways. For starters, fresh new threats and attack strategies frequently have a short window of opportunity to get around some defenses before the defender catches up. Second, even if major threats such as zero-day malware are eliminated, defenders are likely to be overburdened by both actual and false-positive warnings due to the ongoing barrage of attackers. Tasking machines and computers with self-protection is one conceivable answer that has only recently become a viable alternative. If a security program could be trained to think like an analyst, it could try to prevent malware and human backdoor intrusion at machine speed, giving defenders a significant advantage on the field. This is precisely what the BluVector defense aims to do.

BluVector works nearly immediately, but it also has advanced machine learning capabilities, allowing it to get even smarter over time. It will learn the nuances of each network on which it is deployed, fine-tuning its algorithms and detection engines to better suit the environment. BluVector can be installed as a physical network appliance or a virtual machine. It can either operate in real-time, halting and remediating threats as they attempt to enter a protected space, or as a retrospective tool, scanning the work of other programs and analysts and identifying threats that they may have missed and offering remedies. It is designed to function with all IPv6 traffic as well as older IPv4 streams, allowing it to operate in environments rich in IoT and supervisory control and data acquisition devices, such as those found in industrial and factory settings, as well as in typical office settings.


Even the most basic cybersecurity defenses now incorporate an intrusion prevention system or an intrusion detection system, which can be found in any medium to large business. Even if it isn't regularly watched by security professionals, a well-tuned IPS/IDs system will catch most network problems and security breaches. However, the fact that many companies stop there has increased successful attacks targeting ID blind spots. The Bricata platform comes into play at this point.

Bricata's primary offering is powerful IPS/IDs protection, which includes numerous detection engines and a threat feed to secure network traffic and critical assets. However, it goes a step further by allowing threat hunts to be launched based on occurrences or simple anomalies. This would allow a company to start network-level threat hunting with the same people and resources that they use for IPS monitoring. It would be a solid first step toward greater security without the hassle of installing new applications or retraining workers. Bricata is a pure concept system that serves as the main collator point and user interface and is installed as a physical or virtual appliance. This, in turn, connects to network sensors installed at network bottlenecks to collect traffic data.

Cloud Defender

In comparison to traditional servers and client architectures, Alert Logic's Cloud Defender is a new type of cybersecurity technology.

While many of the vulnerabilities and targeted attacks that affect the cloud are similar, many of the vulnerabilities and threats that target the cloud are unique. As a result, even companies with strong cybersecurity teams may require some assistance when migrating substantial portions of their computing infrastructure to the cloud. That is the whole point of Alert Logic's Cloud Defender.

There is a whole sliding scale of assistance available, designed from the ground up to provide protection to online applications, vital data, and everything else running or stored within an organization's cloud.

Cloud Defender, on the low end, is a user-friendly solution that allows local IT professionals to check cloud implementations for indications of hidden dangers or breaches. On the other hand, Alert Logic's 200 percent cybersecurity team can take over most cloud-based cybersecurity responsibilities, providing monitoring, advice, and event logging in a Software-as-a-Service paradigm. Alert Logic, when utilized as a SaaS, will take care of everything except fixing problems. Cloud Defender is likely to be used by most enterprises as a combination of SaaS security and a tool to assist the local team. Cloud Defender is compatible with a variety of cloud platforms, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and others.

Cofense Triage

Cofense Triage is a phishing protection tool. Tricking a user into completing an action, such as installing malware or entering their login credentials, is one of the most common and fastest ways for attackers to get access to a network these days. Their chances of success rise if they claim to be a company representative, a business partner, or a family acquaintance. Phishing emails can range from crudely crafted, sweepstakes, and type scams to well-studied and focused campaigns aimed to attack a small number of critical employees at a company. Despite the danger they pose, most businesses have little or no protection against them.

When the initial PhishMe product, which was also the company's name at the time, was established in 2008, there was also a low understanding of the danger that these types of emails posed. The PhishMe simulation was built to assist network administrators and security personnel to build their phishing emails in order to educate users about the dangers, and occasionally occurrences, that may be found in email communications. PhishMe has shifted its focus away from pure education and toward threat remediation as a company. PhishMe is being renamed Cofense, which is a blend of the words "collaborative" and "defense."

Triage, one of the original Cofense branded tools, takes user-reported phishing emails and helps organize responses. In one sense, the PhishMe software aids consumers in detecting phishing schemes, whereas Triage allows businesses to capitalize on a newly acquired skill set that the employee should have acquired.

Contrast Security

Contrast Security is a collection of programs. As a result, cybersecurity programs tend to approach the challenge of defense from a variety of perspectives, with the expectation that businesses will use multiple types of protection at the same time. This has resulted in a new issue. IT staff are experiencing alert fatigue as a result of all of those programs sounding the alarm many times and all of the time. In two ways, the Contrast Security suit seeks to buck this trend. First, it condenses one of today's most important parts of cybersecurity, application security, into a single tool that can safeguard apps from the moment development begins until the moment they are deployed. Second, because Contrast Security embeds agents inside each app it protects, there is nearly little danger of false positives.

In fact, it has a perfect score on the total security benchmark, passing over 2,000 tests with no false positives. The use of bytecode instrumentation, a Java technology that aids in the integration of programs and application features during development, is Contrast Security's secret sauce. Only in this case does Contrast Security use it for cybersecurity, especially embedding an agent into an application that will be watched and protected from the inside out. In this way, it transforms any normal application into one that is meant to focus on security while still allowing the app to do its typical business functions.

Digital Guardian

Advanced threats have been increasingly targeting endpoints in recent years. This makes sense because traditional endpoint security has relied on signature-based anti-virus technology, which has proven ineffective against targeted and highly evolved malware attacks. That's where the threat-aware data protection platform Digital Guardian comes in. The establishment of rules is how most endpoint security applications give protection. Behavior that violates the network's rules is regarded suspicious and is blocked, flagged, or otherwise subjected to a security alert.

One of the most significant drawbacks of this approach is that security is only as good as the ruleset. Administrators must either carefully construct rules based on their knowledge or put a security program into learning mode for several weeks or months while it identifies good network activity and creates rules restricting everything else. The Digital Guardian platform, on the other hand, comes preloaded with thousands of best practices rules based on years of field experience, and those rules are adapted to the specific network that it is guarding following a short data discovery process. This is all done almost instantly so that when agents are deployed, they may start working right away, protecting endpoints with good security policies.


There are crucial distinctions to be made between compliance and security.

They're intended to be mutually supportive, with compliance laws in place to provide a solid security foundation, yet you might be perfectly compliant with all applicable standards and still be insecure. If data is taken, an organization with good security but not technical compliance with applicable rules will very probably be held financially accountable. The skillset required to implement compliance and security is comparable but distinct, just as compliance and security are.

The Intellicta platform from tech democracy shines when an organization's deep IT or cybersecurity workforce is unskilled with compliance issues or unpracticed in recognizing exactly which regulations apply. The platform functions similarly to security information and event management console, but for compliance issues. It collects data from a number of networked collectors and correlates it into a continuously monitored compliance dashboard, which can be installed on-premise or in the cloud. It's a useful tool that every business should use.


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