Resource Type: eBook

The Cybersecurity Leader’s Guide for Measuring Security Performance

What You’ll Learn

Learn how to measure security metrics that matter, communicate cybersecurity program success, and show return on investment.

Topics include

  • The challenge with cybersecurity performance management
  • Five security metrics that matter most
  • How to communicate cybersecurity success
  • Reporting and showing ROI to build your budget
  • How to achieve outcomes with MDR services

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Your CISO Guide to Proving the Value of MDR Spend

What You’ll Learn

Learn how an experienced MDR provider can help by providing CISOs the metrics and data you need to measure success and prove the value of an MDR investment.

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2023 Threat Intelligence Guide

Stay One Step Ahead of Emerging Threats: Your 2023 Threat Intelligence Guide is Here!

A cyberattack occurs every 11 seconds (CISA). Once detected, it can take an average of 287 days to identify a data breach (IBM). Critical Start’s Cyber Threat Intelligence team (CTI) stays one step ahead of emerging threats with extensive research, providing the most timely, accurate, and up-to-date threat intelligence findings. 

In our free 2023 Threat Intelligence Guide, you will learn: 

  • The top five threat intelligence predictions for 2023, including LockBit, cyber extortion and nation-state cybercriminal activity
  • The industries most likely to be targeted this year, including supply chain and critical infrastructure
  • The five best ways you can protect your organization in 2023 and beyond

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2022 MITRE ENGENUITY™ ATT&CK® Evaluations for Managed Services

We publish this paper as an educational asset, not a marketing vehicle. We share our findings here in the hopes that you will come away with a clearer understanding both of today’s threat landscape and how well Critical Start’s services are at uncovering and stopping malicious attacks.

Eliminate Alert Overload with Simplified Breach Prevention

Combine Critical Start Managed Detection and Response services with Microsoft Security solutions to extend protection and performance.

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Buyer’s Guide for MDR for SIEM Services

Consider this your guide to navigating the intricacies of implementing MDR for SIEM so you can accelerate the return on your SIEM investment and ensure the end-to-end security coverage you need to prevent breaches.

Critical Start Guide to MDR and Microsoft Security

Microsoft Security tools such as Microsoft 365 Defender, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and Microsoft Sentinel are raising the bar on threat detection, isolation, and mitigation. But real humans are still needed to get the most out of these new capabilities. Here’s how to use Managed Detection and Response (MDR) to get the most out of your Microsoft Security investment.

Ransomware Protection Guide

Following our suggested best practices will help better secure your enterprise against ransomware attacks, but remember to always stay vigilant. As we have seen cyber criminals can find new vectors and vulnerabilities to exploit, so you must continuously assess your environment for risks and vulnerabilities. Critical Start can help. Our Cybersecurity Consulting Services are based on a three-phase process (Assess/Respond/Defend) that helps secure your infrastructure on-premise or in the cloud, meets compliance standards, and reduces your exposure.

Data Privacy Program Cheat Sheet

The majority of organizations today are adhering to some form of a data privacy program. It is very challenging to develop and operate a complete program because it’s a particularly complex problem with oftentimes equally complex solutions. But it can be simplified.

Cybersecurity Teams are Drowning

Organizations can’t afford to ignore security events – even lower level security events, which is where many breaches and attacks occur. The goal is to quickly stop an attack before it becomes a breach.

You Deserve Better

MDR incident responders are wasting an enormous number of hours and resources processing useless security alerts – a problem that impacts staffing, operational business models and security effectiveness. Additionally, incident responders often cope with this problem by reducing the sensitivity of security equipment or ignoring alerts altogether – thus leaving their organizations more vulnerable and susceptible to attacks.

Research Report: The Impact of Security Alert Overload

CRITICALSTART conducted a survey of more than 50 Security Operations Center (SOC) professionals across enterprises, Managed Security Services Providers (MSSP) and Managed Detection & Response (MDR) providers to evaluate the state of incident response within SOCs. The survey was fielded Q2 2019.

The report and analysis are based on the responses received from this sample with comparisons drawn to the same questions asked in the company’s 2018 report.

This year’s report revealed that SOC analysts continue to face an overwhelming number of alerts each day that are taking longer to investigate, resulting in many SOC analysts believing their primary job responsibility is to “reduce the time it takes to investigate alerts.”

To cope with the onslaught of alerts, managed security providers simply try to hire more analysts or direct existing ones to ignore certain types of alerts and turn off key features that generate too many alerts – negatively impacting business models and leaving enterprises more susceptible to attacks. The most striking finding is the direct toll the alert overload problem is having on SOC analyst retention.

Infosec Reborn

In this paper, you will learn how to evaluate security risks and why legacy detection and response efforts are inadequate. Discover the different types of security postures and the critical importance of why every alert matters in today’s high-threat environment.

Guide to Managed Detection & Response

Managed Detection and Response is reinventing information security. In this paper, you will learn how it provides far better visibility into threats and enables an active, real-time response to mitigate any impact. We’ll discuss what to look for in an MDR provider and—most importantly—why every alert matters.

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