Advantages of a Cyber Fusion Center

David Pasztor
January 12, 2022
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The distinguishing feature of a cyber fusion center is its ability to promote collaboration across all the security teams—no matter where they are located—that manages security operations (SecOps) in an organization. Some of the advantages that cyber fusion centers offer are mentioned below:

Automated SecOps

Cyber fusion centers are built to bring together disparate security operations center (SOC) teams within an organization to improve threat intelligence, accelerate incident response, and minimize organizational costs. It helps security teams to manage threat investigation and triaging, propelling their automation and orchestration initiatives.

Threat Intelligence Sharing 

The unique value proposition of building cyber fusion centers is the ability to receive and share threat intelligence in a bi-directional manner. With cyber fusion centers, security teams can share and receive intelligence from various external sources and internal sources. Cyber fusion centers allow sharing and receiving threat intel with/from dark web, OSINT sources, threat intel providers, ISACs/ISAOs, regulatory bodies, CERTs, and multiple peers. Moreover, they enable strategic as well as operational threat intelligence sharing in real-time by enriching and sharing relevant alerts and IOCs with SOC and incident response teams. 

Threat Response Management 

Moving beyond traditional incident management to addressing all types of threats, including vulnerabilities, malware, threat actors, campaigns, and incidents, cyber fusion centers offer a proactive approach to handling threats. The amalgamation of cyber fusion with advanced automation and orchestration capabilities enables security teams to keep ahead of growing threats affecting enterprises in real-time. 

Environment-Agnostic Security Orchestration 

Due to the presence of security tools in different environments—cloud or on-premise— orchestrating and automating those security tools and technologies without exposing their networks becomes a challenging task for security teams. A cyber fusion center addresses this challenge by providing cross-environment security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) capabilities and offers a unique ability to orchestrate across multiple deployment environments. By employing cyber fusion technology, organizations having on-premise deployments can use the SOAR capabilities simultaneously with their workflows deployed on the cloud. 

Collaborative Environment

A cyber fusion center enables organizations to collaborate through real-time threat intelligence sharing and deliver a collaboration-driven response to common threats. This streamlines the security collaboration between CERTs, MSSPs, large enterprises, and government agencies with their peers, vendors, and clients. Such a level of collaboration across every security unit for identifying, managing, and responding to threats offers resilience and control to security teams. With cyber fusion centers, organizations can fuel their strengths and take a collective defense approach toward advanced threat actors.

Improved Operational Efficiency

Often, an organization utilizes security tools that perform similar functions. Integration of such tools into cyber fusion centers enables SOC teams to discover and eliminate redundancies and make the most of their people, processes, and tools. This improves the overall efficacy of an organization via rapid and smarter actions. 

Lesser Costs

Cyber fusion centers allow all the security teams to work as a single entity with shared goals, orchestrating people, processes, and tools to improve threat intelligence, accelerate incident response, minimize risks, and lower costs. Cyber fusion centers’ ability to integrate multiple systems into their framework helps in lowering costs and improving efficiency. 

Better Productivity

With the help of cyber fusion centers, SOC teams can gather and correlate threat information in an automated manner from various sources. This enables them to proactively analyze threats and comprehend adversary behavior, thereby minimizing manual work and enhancing overall productivity.

Quicker Response Time

By using an in-built playbook library that can customize playbooks as per threat observations, SOC teams can quickly respond to threats. With the help of cyber fusion centers, they can handle multiple related incidents by leveraging advanced playbooks and workflow automation to accelerate response time.

The Bottom Line

Taking a holistic approach to amalgamating different teams, tools, and processes, organizations are building cyber fusion centers. Irrespective of their locations, security teams can keep ahead of threats by focusing on threat intelligence sharing and SOAR via cyber fusion centers.

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