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ESET AI’s advantage in Threat Detection, Investigation and Response (TDIR)




In the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity, the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become indispensable, particularly in the realms of threat detection, investigation, and response (TDIR). At ESET we have been harnessing the power of AI for over three decades providing real-world solutions that meet the dynamic challenges of cybersecurity.


What is TDIR?


Threat, detection, investigation and response is a risk-based strategy for effectively mitigating cybersecurity threats and enhancing the efficiency of threat detection. The foundational capabilities of TDIR are pivotal in shaping how tools within a Security Operations Center (SOC) contribute to the overall mission and strategy of the SOC. TDIR capabilities empower contemporary SOC staff to adeptly design, configure, and manage security detection use cases. Notably, the top use cases for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the TDIR process underscore the persistent requirement for human engagement, reinforcing the symbiotic relationship between advanced technology and human expertise.


AI in TDIR


As a representative vendor we have been interviewed for Gartner’s latest report “Emerging Tech - Top Use Cases for AI in Threat Detection, Investigation and Responses”. The emphasis was on exploring how providers plan to leverage AI to augment and support analysts in the Threat Detection, Investigation, and Response process. Gartner’s report provides valuable insights into the advancements made in enhancing TDIR services or products through the integration of AI.


Supervised ML for Enhanced Threat Detection:


One of the key takeaways from the Report is the increasing reliance on supervised Machine Learning (ML) by security providers: "For years, security vendors have been integrating AI into their products and threat detection processes, to enable them to identify anomalies and patterns that surpass human capabilities at scale. In fact, over 50% of interviewed security service and tech providers claim to already be using supervised ML-based AI coupled with supervised training to enhance their threat detection abilities." [Source: Gartner: Emerging Tech: Top Use Cases for AI in Threat Detection, Investigation and Response. Travis Lee, Matt Milone, Elizabeth Kim, John Collins. [27 October 2023] ID: G00790125]


With a legacy dating back to 1990, ESET has been a forerunner in the integration of AI into its security solutions. Recognizing the evolving nature of cyber threats, we embraced the potential of AI early on, leveraging its capabilities to not only detect but also block threats in real-time.


ESET LiveSense, our versatile set of proprietary, multi-layered technologies, surpasses the capabilities of standard solutions. We use machine learning to combat new threats and can ensure continuous threat intelligence updates through the early adoption of cloud technology that powers our global ESET LiveGrid reputation & response system.


At ESET we employ two distinct forms of Advanced Machine Learning, comprising a high-powered detection engine in the cloud and a lightweight version deployed on the endpoint. These utilize a carefully selected set of classification algorithms, including deep learning and boosted trees, ensuring swift and precise analysis crucial for thwarting emerging threats.


Furthermore, the latest enhancement to our product ESET Inspect introduces an AI-powered detection correlation engine. This innovative feature automatically generates incidents, empowering security engineers to significantly minimize the time dedicated to investigation and incident management.


In conclusion, our pioneering journey with AI in TDIR represents a paradigm shift in cybersecurity.  Security vendors aim to differentiate themselves by improving detection results and reducing false positive/negative rates, adopting a "go fast and be safe" approach.


By leveraging the power of modern AI-techniques, we not only stay ahead of emerging threats but also set new standards for efficiency and accuracy in threat detection and response. As thought leaders in the cybersecurity space, we aim to continuously empower you with valuable insights, innovative solutions, and strategic recommendations, ensuring you are well-prepared to navigate the dynamic challenges of the digital age.


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