UEBA Trends: What's New and What's Next

22.06.2023 Read

User and entity behavior analytics (UEBA) is a technology that analyzes the behavior of users and devices on a network to detect anomalies and threats.
UEBA can help security teams identify and respond to malicious activities, such as insider threats, compromised accounts, data breaches, ransomware attacks, and more.
In this article, we will briefly summarize the latest trends in UEBA and its potential transformation.

The Past and Present of UEBA

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User behavior analytics (UBA) emerged as a solution to the growing challenges faced by organizations in identifying and mitigating user-borne threats.
Traditionally, security systems would focus on perimeter defenses and signature-based detection, often neglecting the possibility of internal risks. UBA aimed to fill this gap by analyzing user behavior patterns to detect potential threats from within the organization.
While UBA brought valuable insights into user behavior, it became evident that the scope of analysis needed to expand beyond individual users. The need to understand relationships between entities, such as endpoints and applications, became critical.
This realization gave birth to user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA), an enhanced version of UBA that leverages machine learning, artificial intelligence, and big data to:

  • Learn the normal behaviors of users and entities on the network based on historical and real-time data
  • Detect anomalies that deviate from the baseline behavior across multiple data sources and dimensions
  • Provide rich context and evidence for each anomaly, such as the user’s role, access rights, activity history, peer group behavior, etc.
  • Score and rank anomalies based on their severity and risk level, enabling security teams to focus on the most critical incidents
  • Integrate with other security tools and workflows to enable faster and more effective incident response

UEBA has proven to be a valuable addition to the security arsenal of many organizations, especially in the face of an evolving threat landscape.

The Future of UEBA

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As UEBA matures and gains more adoption, it is facing new challenges and opportunities that will shape its future. Some of the key trends that will influence the evolution of UEBA are as follows:

Increasing Complexity and Diversity of Data Sources

As organizations adopt more cloud services, IoT devices, mobile applications, and other technologies, they generate more data that can be used for behavioral analysis.

However, this also means that UEBA systems must be able to efficiently ingest, process, and correlate data from various sources and formats, while ensuring data quality, privacy, and compliance.

Need for More Proactive and Predictive Capabilities

While UEBA is effective at detecting anomalies after they occur, it can also be used to prevent or mitigate threats before they cause damage.

For example, UEBA can help identify users or entities that are at risk of being compromised or exploited by external or internal actors. It can also help predict the likelihood or impact of an anomaly based on historical trends or patterns.

This can enable security teams to take preemptive actions to reduce the attack surface or minimize its damage.

Integration With Other Security Technologies

UEBA solutions possess the remarkable capability to enhance the effectiveness of other security technologies through seamless integration, ushering in a new era of collaboration and innovation.

For example, by harmoniously merging with Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems, UEBA imparts comprehensive behavioral context and intelligence, enriching the analysis of security events.

Moreover, the integration of UEBA with orchestration and automation platforms enables expedited and streamlined incident response workflows, fostering increased efficiency.

Potential Transformation of UEBA

As UEBA evolution continues along these trends, it may also undergo a fundamental transformation that will redefine its scope and purpose. Let’s discover what to expect from UEBA.

A Symphony of Security: UEBA Harmonizes With a Comprehensive SO Platform

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Rather than existing as a standalone solution, UEBA has the potential to integrate into a comprehensive security operations platform. This evolved platform would provide end-to-end visibility and intelligence throughout the entire security lifecycle.

By harnessing advanced analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, it would enable the collection and analysis of actionable insights from diverse data sources, such as network, endpoint, cloud, identity, and threat intelligence domains.

Moreover, this unified platform would furnish security teams with a centralized dashboard and interface, empowering them to effectively monitor, investigate, and respond to security incidents.

Ready to experience the future of UEBA today? Meet the Logsign Unified Security Operations Platform. We have already transformed UEBA by integrating it into a comprehensive and harmonized cybersecurity solution to fortify your enterprise’s cyber resilience.

The Vanguard of Trust: UEBA Takes the Lead in the Zero Trust Revolution

Instead of remaining a reactive or preventive solution, UEBA has the capacity to assume a proactive and continuous role that supports a zero-trust security model.

Embracing the guiding principle of "never trust, always verify," this model requires rigorous verification of every user and entity before granting access to resources or services.

In this context, UEBA's ability to continuously monitor and verify user and entity behavior within the network becomes invaluable.

By dynamically enforcing granular policies based on risk levels and contextual understanding, UEBA fortifies organizations' security posture and enables them to operate within the realm of trust, even in an inherently untrusted environment.

Empowering Business Brilliance: UEBA Unleashes Strategic Optimization

Beyond its traditional security-focused domain, UEBA possesses the potential to emerge as a strategic tool that drives business optimization.

By unveiling profound insights into customer behavior, employee engagement, partner collaboration, and other critical aspects, UEBA is instrumental in enhancing customer satisfaction, operational efficiencies, and overall business performance.

Additionally, UEBA's capabilities extend to identifying and mitigating business risks, such as fraud and compliance violations, thus safeguarding organizations' interests while fostering a culture of continuous improvement.

In the grand symphony of technological evolution, UEBA creates a future that surpasses its humble origins. Through seamless integration, proactive guardianship, and strategic enlightenment, UEBA embraces a future that transcends mere security, becoming a catalyst for transformation and growth.

Unify, Enhance, and Secure With Logsign

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In today's complex and ever-evolving threat landscape, managing multiple security products from different vendors can be a daunting task.
Our commitment is to provide you with a comprehensive cybersecurity solution that seamlessly unifies Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), threat intelligence, user entity behavior analytics (UEBA), and threat detection, investigation, and response (TDIR) under a single platform.

Logsign UEBA takes center stage within the Logsign next-gen SO platform, creating a robust and cohesive security framework. With automated incident management and response, real-time threat detection, and extensive visibility and control of your data, you gain unparalleled protection for your organization.

To witness the prowess of our cybersecurity solution, we invite you to experience the live demo of Logsign Unified SO Platform. Discover firsthand how our cutting-edge technology empowers organizations to establish a more secure future.

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