NSA offers advice on fast threat detection and response

On July 10, the National Security Agency (NSA) released the Cybersecurity Information Sheet (CSI) “Advancing Zero Trust Maturity Throughout the Automation and Orchestration Pillar” to help organizations better detect cyber threats and respond to common threats faster.

This report – the final CSI published by NSA in a series addressing the seven pillars of DoD’s Zero Trust (ZT) framework – also provides recommendations for automating routine tasks to better focus resources on investigating anomalies associated with advanced tactics, techniques, and procedures.

In 2021, the President of the United States directed the Federal Government to advance towards the development and implementation of a Zero Trust framework.

“From the outset of this project, we’ve acknowledged and appreciated the value of implementing a Zero Trust framework for providing the best defense against data compromise,” said Dave Luber, NSA’s director of cybersecurity. “Our mission has been to expand upon the DoD’s seven pillar ZT model in a way that makes it accessible and practical to organizations of all types. As Zero Trust is being implemented, the positive and far-reaching applications have been encouraging to witness.”

The Automation and Orchestration CSI highlights three key areas that span the capabilities of the pillar.

First, organizations should employ automation and orchestration methods to address repetitive, labor intensive, and predictable tasks for critical functions and access control.

Second, organizations should employ advanced algorithms and analytics, specifically artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), to enhance critical functions.

Third, an organization’s ability to coordinate security operations and incident response is vital to its security and should be aided by AI and ML and other automation efforts to more quickly and effectively detect, respond to, and mitigate threats.

Read the full report here.

Source: NSA

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