Advanced threat detection (ATD) is a combination of tools and practices that detect and isolate new, advanced malware and other sophisticated cyber attacks. Cybersecurity experts continue to develop more advanced threat detection tools to meet these new cyber threats.
Today, antivirus software and firewalls are not enough to protect your organization from advanced threats.
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How does advanced threat detection work?
The tools are designed to analyze network traffic in a variety of ways and then either block threats or " sandbox" (isolate) them to keep them away from routine computer operations. Behavior analysis using artificial intelligence is key to monitoring file programs' activity and analyzing how sandboxed malware runs.
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Network traffic analysis is critical to ATD. Automated monitoring systems analyze user activities, downloads, and internal alerts. These monitoring systems can send their own alerts when network activity is found to be outside an organization's accepted parameters and sandbox them so that the activities do not affect the rest of the network.
Endpoint detection and analysis tools also assist with ATD. They focus on analyzing activity at endpoints such as servers, desktop and laptop computers, smartphones, and other devices that interact with an organization's networks.
Why should covered entities be concerned about advanced threat detection?
Advanced threat detection is important to covered entities, which must protect personal health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII) in order to remain HIPAA compliant.
Covered entities also need to protect user passwords and login credentials and mitigate against intellectual property thefts and potential revenge attacks. ATD tools and processes can assist with these tasks.
Using a combination of ATD tools and employee cybersecurity training protects healthcare providers from malware, ransomware, and other cyber attacks and safeguards PHI, PII, and intellectual property. Covered entities should also ensure they are using HIPAA compliant email to protect PHI and PII.
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