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Advanced threat detection

(also ATD)

Advanced threat detection definition

Advanced threat detection (ATD) is a cybersecurity method for finding and stopping cyber threats that standard security measures may miss. It deals with highly targeted attacks, new vulnerabilities, and long-term infiltrations.

See also: advanced persistent threat, zero day, intrusion detection system, security incident and event management, behavior monitoring, malware sandboxing, cyber threat hunting

Use cases of advanced threat detection

  • Protecting against zero-day exploits. Dealing with new vulnerabilities that haven't been publicly reported or patched.
  • Stopping advanced persistent threats (APTs). Detecting and handling sophisticated attacks aimed at stealing data over long periods.
  • Preventing data breaches. Spotting unusual data transfers or access to sensitive information.
  • Compliance and risk management. Helping organizations meet legal standards by providing advanced levels of security.
  • Insider threat detection. Looking for risky actions by authorized users that could threaten security of the organization.
  • Securing cloud environments. Enhancing security in cloud-based systems, where traditional measures may fall short.

Components of advanced threat detection

  • Behavioral analysis. ATD systems monitor and analyze the behavior of users and network activities. They look for patterns or actions that deviate from the norm, which may be a sign of a threat.
  • Machine learning and AI. The system learns from previous incidents and adapts to new types of attacks, improving detection over time.
  • Anomaly detection. The system constantly checks for activities that are out of the ordinary. This could include unusual network traffic, unexpected access requests, or strange data movements.
  • Threat intelligence. ATD systems use the latest data on known threats, attack methods, and vulnerabilities for better protection.
  • Sandboxing. The system tests suspicious programs or files in a safe, isolated space (a sandbox) to avoid risking the main network.
  • Integration with other security measures. ATD often works with firewalls, antivirus, and intrusion detection systems for comprehensive security.