Timely implementation of User and Entity Behaviour Analytics (UEBA) can help your business to identify and detect insider threats along with slowly executed attacks at the earliest possible stage.
UEBA utilizes the power of AI and machine learning to detect anomalies or a deviation from normal behaviour. UEBA solutions can detect threats from both human end and non-human entities.
The primary use case of UEBA is to protect the organisation from insider threats. Detection of insider threats can be tricky since they are aware of the security measures taken and may remain undetected for months before they initiate an attack.
UEBA is not based on security rules, it’s based-on user behaviour and even a subtle change will be detected.
Hacking into an employee’s accounts is one of the easiest ways for attackers to gain access to confidential data and accounts. They usually target employees who has privileged access. In this way, they can stay undetected from traditional security measures, here is where UEBA can protect your organisation. Hackers may get login access but they can’t have the regular user behaviour. UEBA tools can easily detect such changes and alert the security team.
Hackers not only target human users, in an organisation there will be privileged entity accounts with access to sensitive accounts. When the security teams pay less attention, cybercriminals take advantage of the situation. They can crack into the system, install malware or spyware and change the entity behaviour.
But UEBA solutions can not only detect changes in user behaviour but also entity level behaviour also. Thus, any compromised entity accounts can be easily detected.
One of the core requirements of cybersecurity standards or regulations is to implement cybersecurity risk management procedures. Usually, a lot of risk management procedures are implemented manually such as describing threat, its possible outcome etc. for a cybersecurity assessment. Whereas UEBA can automate the process.
UEBA unlike traditional user activity monitoring which keeps records user behaviour and track them to detect security violations, has advanced technologies to detect the unnoticed and hidden threats in behaviour.
There can be a number of security alerts produced by cybersecurity tools. It can be time consuming process for the security team to analyse and find the most critical security alerts. UEBA tools can simplify this process by assessing the security incidents, prioritize them and highlight those to the security team so that immediate measure can be taken to resolve them.