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Threat Hunting

Take proactive measures to uncover potential threats and raise awareness of unseen risks.

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Threat actors are constantly improving their methods

Given the rapidly evolving threat landscape and the limitations of conventional intrusion prevention techniques, organizations face the monumental challenge of staying one step ahead of their adversaries. Traditional security measures are simply not enough.


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Proactively uncover new threats

Become aware of hidden threats and, using flexible searches, proactively identify adversaries that may have found ways to establish a foothold in your organization's network.

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Accelerate threat hunting

Use deep investigative capabilities and powerful behavior baselines on any entity, anomaly or threat.

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Improved security posture

Identify and mitigate weaknesses in detection rules, tools and data collection.

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Early stage threat detection

Cyber threat hunting can identify threats earlier than traditional detection-based security methods.

Splunk delivers strong data query functionality paired with IT observability data to deliver robust results and provide options for conducting advanced security operation functions, such as threat hunting in large data environments.

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Improved response times

By detecting threats earlier in the attack lifecycle, security teams can promptly prevent or mitigate the impact of a potential cyber attack. This proactive approach allows for enhanced effectiveness and quicker response times.

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With Splunk applied across all security operations... critical threats now never go unnoticed and are always escalated — quickly. Previously, it could take up to 50 minutes to explore a security issue. With Splunk, the team is now able to address concerns about 85% faster.

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Reduce false positives and improves SOC efficiency

Create hypothesis-driven, proactive and repeatable processes. Applying human investigative techniques alongside the implementation of effective tools means false positives are reduced and efficiency in detection and resolution increased.


A unified security operations platform

An integrated ecosystem of best-of-breed technologies helps you detect, manage, investigate, hunt, contain and remediate threats.

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Learn more about threat hunting

Threat hunting is the manual or machine-assisted process for finding security incidents that your automated detection systems missed.

Threat hunting is a proactive approach to threat prevention where threat hunters look for anomalies that can potentially be cyber threats lurking undetected in your systems. Combined with threat intelligence, hunting enables organizations to:

  1. Better understand the attack surface. 
  2. Expose cyber criminals as early as possible — before systems and services are compromised.

Today there are several threat-hunting approaches: hypothesis-based, machine learning, baseline, AI-based and IoC and IoA-based approaches.

Threat hunters conduct analysis through vast amounts of security data, searching for signs of attackers by looking for patterns of suspicious activity that may not have been uncovered by tools. They also help develop in-depth defense approaches by understanding attacker tactics and techniques so they can help prevent that type of cyberattack. They use common frameworks such as MITRE ATT&CK or Kill Chain to help adapt them to the local environment.

A threat hunting framework is a system of repeatable processes designed to make hunting expeditions more reliable, effective and efficient. They help you understand:

  • Which types of hunts exist 
  • Which type might be most appropriate for your specific hunt 
  • How to perform each type of hunt 
  • What the outputs could or should be 
  • How to measure success

The PEAK Threat Hunting Framework from SURGe by Splunk is a flexible framework that incorporates three distinct hunt types and guidelines that can be tailored to your specific needs for each hunt.

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