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Darktrace Version 5: Neudefinition der Unternehmenssicherheit mit autonomer KI

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Version 5 offers a series of innovations across the Darktrace Immune System platform, bringing critical value to security teams grappling with the new normal. This blog explores how AI augments security teams with extended coverage across cloud services and zero-trust environments and an open architecture that enables seamless integrations.

Today’s workforce is more dispersed and mobile than ever before, with critical operations increasingly residing in a diverse patchwork of cloud services and endpoints. This architectural shift has been met by attacks that have scaled up to capitalize on insufficiently protected data and devices, emphasizing the need for enterprise security to be adaptive, autonomous, and ubiquitous.

Increasing demands placed on the SOC have stretched security teams to breaking point, and CISOs now progressively seek to streamline workflows by favoring self-learning enterprise-wide security platforms over disparate and siloed point solutions with limited visibility.

Version 5 offers a series of innovations across Darktrace’s Immune System platform, bringing critical value to security teams grappling with the new normal. This free upgrade for existing customers allows for on-demand automated investigations, supports one-click integrations with a wide range of technologies, and showcases an improved Model Editor that allows security teams to tailor Darktrace even further to their specific business risks.

Darktrace’s Immune System has been enhanced in three critical areas: in the augmentation of its core AI capabilities, in extended coverage to SaaS applications and zero-trust environments, and an open architecture which streamlines workflows across the cyber security stack.

AI augmentation

Last year saw the introduction of new technologies, services, data flows, and topologies. Static rules and signature-based defenses were unable to adapt to changing users and working practices, no matter how diligently and rapidly they were rewritten. We have seen an urgent need for augmentation, and to that end Version 5 enhances Darktrace’s self-learning capabilities across two core areas of the platform: Autonomous Response and AI Investigation.

By containing machine-speed threats like ransomware in seconds, Autonomous Response enables security teams to prioritize strategic work even as the volume and speed of attacks continues to rise. Darktrace Antigena can either take self-directed action or integrate with existing investments, informing third-party systems about in-progress cyber-attacks.

With Version 5, Antigena can now neutralize attacks in a wide variety of SaaS services like Zoom and Microsoft Teams, as well as cloud file storage applications like SharePoint and OneDrive. In cases of account takeover, Antigena can autonomously respond, protecting sensitive data in the cloud without any human intervention.

Cyber AI Analyst also now automates investigations beyond network events to SaaS applications, cloud infrastructure, and cyber-physical systems. Version 5 enables on-demand investigations into users and devices of interest, the ingestion of third-party alerts to trigger new investigations, and seamless integration with any SIEM, SOAR, or downstream ticketing system.

Customers have already found that the new capabilities in Cyber AI Analyst have added substantial value, especially in the ability to launch on-demand investigations and query SaaS data at any time.

Dynamic workforce protection

In addition to the extension of AI-enabled investigations and response, Darktrace Version 5 complements native cloud and SaaS defenses with a range of critical enhancements, including a dedicated SaaS Console, and integrations with Zoom, Okta, Microsoft Teams, Slack, Duo, and more. Equally, new ingestion capabilities for zero-trust technologies enable Darktrace to protect employees wherever they operate.

Figure 1: Dedicated SaaS Console

Customers can also now choose to purchase Client Sensors that extend the Immune System’s visibility of the dynamic workforce on and off the VPN. With Client Sensors, organizations can take Darktrace’s existing real-time analysis and tie it in with risky or malicious behavior that may be occurring off the VPN.

Antigena Email, the world’s first self-learning email security solution, has also been enhanced with Version 5. Not only does the technology detect the subtle deviations in threatening emails that other tools miss, but with text-based summarization, the story behind every email is automatically generated in plain English so that even a non-technical reader can fully understand why specific actions were taken.

Open architecture and interoperability

Flexibility and the ability to integrate with existing enterprise security investments lie at the core of the Darktrace Immune System, and Version 5 extends its open and extensible architecture to seamlessly integrate with your existing investments. New functionality enables customers to enhance and extend their Darktrace deployment via one-click integrations. This includes the ability to immediately extend coverage to new cloud services, and enrich the platform’s analysis with new sources of log ingestion.

Version 5 also sees the introduction of bespoke new interfaces that cover the different areas of the digital infrastructure – from the aforementioned SaaS Console to a specialized OT Engineer View. These inclusions represent an overarching design principle of unification, and the interfaces are harmonized accordingly to facilitate seamless investigations and simplified workflows.

Figure 2: An autonomous investigation into anomalous cloud activity

Our customers are increasingly using the Immune System protect their business across email, SaaS, and industrial systems as well as the corporate network, and Version 5 makes it easier than ever to defend these environments.

Version 5 not only expands the Darktrace Immune System to new areas of the business, but also ensures that this expansion delivers a seamless experience for customers, regardless of where they start their journey with the platform. Delivery and expansion are entirely flexible, with the option of 100% cloud-delivered deployments, or hybrid deployments that cover on-premise and cloud environments.

Enterprise security: Innovating through times of change

As organizations accelerate digital transformation and prepare for the future of work, the ability to quickly adapt and integrate their security defenses will be more critical than ever. And with the new AI augmentation and extended coverage of Darktrace’s core self-learning technology, Version 5 ensures that customers can detect, contain, and investigate threats wherever they arise, without placing any additional burden on security teams.

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Customer Blog: Community Housing Limited Enhancing Incident Response

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About Community Housing Limited

Community Housing Limited is a non-profit organization based in Australia that focuses on providing affordable, long-term housing and creating employment opportunities where possible. We give people the security of having a home so that they can focus on other essential pathways. As such, we are responsible for sensitive information on our clients.

As part of our commitment to strengthening our cyber security, we sought to simplify and unify our incident response plans and equip our engineers and desktop support teams with all the information we need at our fingertips.

Why Community Housing Limited chose Darktrace

Our team hoped to achieve a response procedure that allowed us to have oversight over any potential security risks, even cases that don’t overtly seem like a security risk. For example, an incident could start as a payroll issue and end up in the hands of HR, instead of surfacing as a security problem. In this case, our security team has no way of knowing the real number of events or how the threat had actually started and played out, making incident response and mitigation even more challenging.

We were already a customer of Darktrace’s autonomous threat detection, attack intervention, and attack surface management capabilities, and decided to add Darktrace for AI-assisted incident response and AI cyber-attack simulation.

AI-generated playbooks save time during incident response

I wanted to reduce the time and resources it took our security team to appropriately respond to a threat. Darktrace automates several steps of the recovery process to accelerate the rate of incident response by using AI that learns the granular details of the specific organization, building a dynamic understanding of the devices, connections, and user behaviors that make up the normal “pattern of life.”  

The AI then uses this understanding to create bespoke, AI-generated incident response playbooks that leverage an evolving understanding of our organization to determine recovery steps that are tailored not only to the specific incident but also to our unique environment.

For my security team, this means having access to all the information we need to respond to a threat. When running through an incident, rather than going to different places to synthesize relevant information, which takes up valuable resources and time, we can speed up its remediation with Darktrace.  

The playbooks created by Darktrace help lower the technical skills required to respond to incidents by elevating the workload of the staff, tripling our capacity for incident response.

Realistic attack simulations upskill teams while saving resources

We have differing levels of experience on the team which means some members know exactly what to do during incident response while others are slower and need more guidance. Thus, we have to either outsource skilled security professionals or add a security solution that could lower the technical skills bar.

You don’t want to be second guessing and searching for the right move – it’s urgent – there should be certainty. Our goal with running attack simulations is to test and train our team's response capabilities in a “realistic” scenario. But this takes considerable time to plan and execute or can be expensive if outsourced, which can be a challenge for organizations short on resources. 

Darktrace provides AI-assisted incident response and cyber-attack simulation using AI that understands the organization to run simulations that effectively map onto the real digital environment and the assets within it, providing training for actual incidents.

It is one thing to sit together in a meeting and discuss various outcomes of a cyber-attack, talking through the best response strategies. It is a huge benefit being able to run attack simulations that emulate real-world scenarios.

Our team can now see how an incident would play out over several days to resemble a real-world scenario or it can play through the simulation quickly to ascertain outcomes immediately. It then uses these insights to strengthen its technology, processes, and training.

AI-Powered Incident Response

Darktrace helps my security team save resources and upskill staff using AI to generate bespoke playbooks and run realistic simulations. Its real-time understanding of our business ensures incident preparedness and incident response are tailored to not only the specific threat in question, but also to the contextual infrastructure of the organization.  

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Beyond DMARC: Navigating the Gaps in Email Security

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Feb 2024

Email threat landscape  

Email has consistently ranked among the most targeted attack vectors, given its ubiquity and criticality to business operations. From September to December 2023, 10.4 million phishing emails were detected across Darktrace’s customer fleet demonstrating the frequency of attempted email-based attacks.

Businesses are searching for ways to harden their email security posture alongside email providers who are aiming to reduce malicious emails traversing their infrastructure, affecting their clients. Domain-based Message Authentication (DMARC) is a useful industry-wide protocol organizations can leverage to move towards these goals.  

What is DMARC?

DMARC is an email authentication protocol designed to enhance the security of email communication.

Major email service providers Google and Yahoo recently made the protocol mandatory for bulk senders in an effort to make inboxes safer worldwide. The new requirements demonstrate an increasing need for a standardized solution as misconfigured or nonexistent authentication systems continue to allow threat actors to evade detection and leverage the legitimate reputation of third parties.  

DMARC is a powerful tool that allows email administrators to confidently identify and stop certain spoofed emails; however, more organizations must implement the standard for it to reach its full potential. The success and effectiveness of DMARC is dependent on broad adoption of the standard – by organizations of all sizes.  

How does DMARC work?

DMARC builds on two key authentication technologies, Sender Policy Framework (SPF) and DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) and helps to significantly improve their ability to prevent domain spoofing. SPF verifies that a sender’s IP address is authorized to send emails on behalf of a particular domain and DKIM ensures integrity of email content by providing a verifiable digital signature.  

DMARC adds to this by allowing domain owners to publish policies that set expectations for how SPF and DKIM verification checks relate to email addresses presented to users and whose authenticity the receiving mail server is looking to establish.  

These policies work in tandem to help authenticate email senders by verifying the emails are from the domain they say they are, working to prevent domain spoofing attacks. Key benefits of DMARC include:

  1. Phishing protection DMARC protects against direct domain spoofing in which a threat actor impersonates a legitimate domain, a common phishing technique threat actors use to trick employees to obtain sensitive information such as privileged credentials, bank information, etc.  
  2. Improving brand reputation: As DMARC helps to prevent impersonation of domains, it stands to maintain and increase an organization’s brand reputation. Additionally, as organizational reputation improves, so will the deliverability of emails.
  3. Increased visibility: DMARC provides enhanced visibility into email communication channels, including reports of all emails sent on behalf of your domain. This allows security teams to identify shadow-IT and any unauthorized parties using their domain.

Understanding DMARC’s Limitations

DMARC is often positioned as a way for organizations to ‘solve’ their email security problems, however, 65% of the phishing emails observed by Darktrace successfully passed DMARC verification, indicating that a significant number of threat actors are capable of manipulating email security and authentication systems in their exploits. While DMARC is a valuable tool in the fight against email-based attacks, the evolving threat landscape demands a closer look at its limitations.  

As threat actors continue to innovate, improving their stealth and evasion tactics, the number of attacks with valid DMARC authentication will only continue to increase in volume and sophistication. These can include:

  1. Phishing attacks that leverage non-spoofed domains: DMARC allows an organization to protect the domains that they own, preventing threat actors from being able to send phishing emails from their domains. However, threat actors will often create and use ‘look-a-like’ domains that closely resemble an organization’s domain to dupe users. 3% of the phishing emails identified by Darktrace utilized newly created domains, demonstrating shifting tactics.  
  2. Email Account Takeovers: If a threat actor gains access to a user’s email account through other social engineering means such as credential stuffing, they can then send phishing emails from the legitimate domain to pursue further attacks. Even though these emails are malicious, DMARC would not identify them as such because they are coming from an authorized domain or sender.  

Organizations must also ensure their inbound analysis of emails is not skewed by successful DMARC authentication. Security teams cannot inherently trust emails that pass DMARC, because the source cannot always be legitimized, like in the event of an account takeover. If a threat actor gains access to an authenticated email account, emails sent by the threat actor from that account will pass DMARC – however the contents of that email may be malicious. Sender behavior must be continuously evaluated and vetted in real time as past communication history and validated DMARC cannot be solely relied upon amid an ever-changing threat landscape.  

Security teams should lean on other security measures, such as anomaly detection tools that can identify suspicious emails without relying on historical attack rules and static data. While DMARC is not a silver bullet for email security, it is nevertheless foundational in helping organizations protect their brand identity and must be viewed as an essential layer in an organization's overall cyber security strategy.  

Implementing DMARC

Despite the criticality of DMARC for preserving brand reputation and trust, adoption of the standard has been inconsistent. DMARC can be complex to implement with many organizations lacking the time required to understand and successfully implement the standard. Because of this, DMARC set-up is often outsourced, giving security and infrastructure teams little to no visibility into or control of the process.  

Implementation of DMARC is only the start of this process, as DMARC reports must be consistently monitored to ensure organizations have visibility into who is sending mail from their domain, the volume of mail being sent and whether the mail is passing authentication protocols. This process can be time consuming for security teams who are already faced with mounting responsibilities, tight budgets, and personnel shortages. These complexities unfortunately delay organizations from using DMARC – especially as many today still view it as a ‘nice to have’ rather than an essential.  

With the potential complexities of the DMARC implementation process, there are many ways security and infrastructure teams can still successfully roll out the standard. Initial implementation should start with monitoring, policy adjustment and then enforcement. As business changes over time, DMARC should be reviewed regularly to ensure ongoing protection and maintain domain reputation.

The Future of Email Security

As email-based attacks continue to rise, the industry must recognize the importance of driving adoption of foundational email authentication protocols. To do this, a new and innovative approach to DMARC is needed. DMARC products must evolve to better support organizations throughout the ongoing DMARC monitoring process, rather than just initial implementation. These products must also be able to share intelligence across an organization’s security stack, extending beyond email security tools. Integration across these products and tools will help organizations optimize their posture, ensuring deep understanding of their domain and increased visibility across the entire enterprise.

DMARC is critical in protecting brand identity and mitigating exact-domain based attacks. However, organizations must understand DMARC’s unique benefits and limitations to ensure their inboxes are fully protected. In today’s evolving threat landscape, organizations require a robust, multi-layered approach to stop email threats – in inbound mail and beyond. Email threats have evolved – its time security does too.

Join Darktrace on 9 April for a virtual event to explore the latest innovations needed to get ahead of the rapidly evolving threat landscape. Register today to hear more about our latest innovations coming to Darktrace’s offerings. For additional insights check out Darktrace’s 2023 End of Year Threat Report.

Credit to Carlos Gray and Stephen Pickman for their contribution to this blog

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