Maximizing Your Security With UEBA Integration | Logsign

01.06.2023 Read

Have you ever wondered how to detect and prevent cyberattacks that can evade traditional security solutions? Have you ever wished for a holistic and coordinated security strategy that covers all aspects of your network? If so, consider user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA) integration.

In this blog post, we will explain the benefits of UEBA integration and how to manage and optimize UEBA integration.

What Is UEBA?

Before we dive into the benefits of UEBA integration, let’s first understand what UEBA is and how it works.

UEBA is an incredibly powerful cybersecurity solution. It harnesses the capabilities of algorithms and machine learning to identify any anomalies in the behavior of users and devices.

Anomalies are deviations from the normal or expected behavior of users and entities, which could indicate security threats or data breaches.

  • For example, if a user suddenly downloads a large amount of data, accesses sensitive files, or logs in from an unusual location, these could be signs of a compromised account or an insider threat.

What Is the Difference Between UBA and UEBA?

UBA stands for user behavior analytics, and it is a precursor of UEBA. However, UBA integration has some limitations that UEBA overcomes.

UBA does not account for the behavior of non-human entities, such as devices, applications, and network traffic.

UBA also relies on predefined rules and thresholds to detect anomalies, which can result in false positives or false negatives.

UEBA addresses these challenges by incorporating entity behavior analytics into its scope. An entity can be any object or actor in your network that has a digital identity, such as a user account, device, IP address, or application.

How UEBA Works

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UEBA analytics starts by collecting and analyzing data from various sources, such as logs, network traffic, identity and access management (IAM) tools, and threat intelligence feeds.

UEBA then uses machine learning to learn from historical data and establish baseline profiles of normal behavior for each user and entity. UEBA uses statistical models to detect deviations from established baselines and flag them as anomalies.

UEBA can help security teams identify and respond to various types of threats, such as:

  • Insider threats: Malicious insiders who abuse their privileges or credentials to steal data, sabotage systems, or cause damage
  • Compromised accounts: Legitimate accounts that have been hacked or stolen by external attackers to gain access to your network and resources
  • Advanced persistent threats (APTs): Sophisticated and stealthy attacks that persist in your network for a long time, often using multiple techniques and stages to achieve their goals
  • Zero-day attacks: Unknown or unpatched vulnerabilities that are exploited by attackers before they are discovered or fixed by the vendors or developers
  • Lateral movement: The technique of moving from one compromised device or account to another within your network, often to gain access to more valuable targets or data

UEBA can help your security team detect these threats by providing actionable insights and alerts that include contextual information, such as:

  • Type and severity
  • User or entity involved
  • Source and destination
  • Time and duration
  • Potential impact or risk
  • Possible root cause or explanation
  • Risk scoring to prioritize and respond to potential threats effectively

However, UEBA alone is insufficient to provide comprehensive and coordinated security. You also need to integrate it with other security solutions and systems to maximize your security.

Which Cybersecurity Solutions Can UEBA Be Integrated With?

User and entity behavior analytics can be integrated with various cybersecurity solutions to enhance threat detection and response capabilities. Some common cybersecurity solutions that can be integrated include:

  • Security information and event management (SIEM) tools enrich collected and analyzed logs from various sources with UEBA insights. SIEM tools help you monitor and manage your network security by aggregating and correlating data.By integrating UEBA with SIEM tools, you can enhance your log analysis and alert generation. UEBA can help you identify anomalies and threats that may not be detected by SIEM rules or thresholds. UEBA can also provide you with additional context and evidence for each alert, such as the user or entity involved, the source and destination of the activity, the potential impact or risk, and the possible root cause or explanation.

  • Endpoint detection and response (EDR) tools monitor and protect your endpoints from malicious activities and provide UEBA with endpoint data.

  • Identity and access management (IAM) tools manage user identities and access rights and provide UEBA with identity data.

  • Data loss prevention (DLP) tools prevent unauthorized data transfers and provide UEBA with data movement data.

  • NTA solutions analyze network traffic patterns and identify anomalous behavior. By combining user behavior analytics with network traffic analysis, organizations can detect and respond to network-based threats, such as lateral movement and data exfiltration.

  • Threat intelligence platforms enable the enrichment of user behavior analytics with real-time threat intelligence feeds. This integration enhances the detection of suspicious activities and helps in prioritizing and effectively responding to security incidents.

What Are the Benefits of UEBA Integration?

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By integrating it with other security solutions, you can achieve several UEBA integration benefits, such as:

  • Improved threat detection: You can detect more types of threats across your network, such as insider threats, compromised accounts, advanced persistent threats (APTs), zero-day attacks, and lateral movement.
  • Reduced false positives: It’s possible to reduce the number of false alarms by applying machine learning and statistical analysis to filter out the noise and irrelevant events.
  • Faster response: You can accelerate your incident response by automating actions based on UEBA alerts, such as blocking users, isolating devices, or triggering workflows.
  • Enhanced visibility: Integration enables you to gain a deeper understanding of your network activity by visualizing user and entity behaviors, relationships, peer groups, and anomalies.
  • Increased efficiency: You can optimize your security operations by reducing manual tasks and streamlining workflows.

How to Manage and Optimize UEBA Integration

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UEBA cybersecurity integration is not a one-time process but an ongoing effort that requires careful planning and management. Here are some best practices to help you in UEBA integration management:

Define Your Use Cases

Identify the specific scenarios and objectives that you want to achieve with UEBA integration. For example, do you want to detect insider threats, prevent data exfiltration, or monitor privileged users?

Select Your Data Sources

Choose the relevant data sources that can provide the necessary data for your use cases. For example, if you want to detect insider threats, you may need data from SIEM, EDR, IAM, or DLP tools.

Configure Your UEBA Solution

Set up your UEBA solution to collect and analyze data from your data sources. You may need to adjust the settings and parameters of your UEBA solution to match your network environment and security policies.

Monitor and Evaluate Your UEBA Performance

Monitoring and evaluation are the essences of UEBA integration optimization. Track and measure the effectiveness of your UEBA solution by using metrics such as detection rate, accuracy, false positive rate, and alert volume.

You may also need to review and validate the alerts generated by your UEBA solution to ensure their relevance and accuracy.

Update and Refine Your UEBA Solution

Based on your monitoring and evaluation results, you may need to update and refine your UEBA solution to improve its performance.

You may also need to update your UEBA solution to adapt to changes in your network environment, security threats, or business needs.

Better Idea - Use a Unified Cybersecurity Solution

Instead of using multiple security products and systems from different vendors, you can use a unified cybersecurity solution that offers UEBA functionality along with other security features and capabilities.

An integrated cybersecurity solution can help you simplify your security management and operations by providing you with a single platform to control and monitor all your security systems while also saving money by reducing the need for multiple vendors, licenses, and maintenance fees.

This is why we are committed to providing you with a cybersecurity solution that unites and enhances your defense capabilities. Logsign UEBA is integrated within the Logsign next-gen SIEM platform, creating a holistic security framework.

With Logsign’s unified SIEM solution, you can enjoy the benefits of automated incident management and response, complete visibility and control of data, threat investigation, contextual data analytics, and comprehensive UEBA features.

It enables you to proactively detect and respond to security incidents in real time, ensuring the resilience of your business operations.
If you’re ready to take the first step towards a more secure future for your organization, we warmly welcome you to experience a live demo of Logsign SIEM.

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