MKACyber strives to achieve a strong, defensive operational cybersecurity program while keeping security costs low, improving your ability to detect meaningful cyber incidents, reducing vulnerabilities, and communicating needs to leadership using business-first language.
Security teams lack the clear network visibility that would offer the data they need to determine where they are weak or strong and, at the end of the day, where attackers are most likely to strike. Additionally, because many SOCs lack this level of visibility, they have their resources misaligned with their analysts all too frequently focusing on irrelevant threats. As such, SOCs with these problems tend to make dubious spending decisions and they have a difficult time demonstrating their value to business-focussed leadership.
Too much threat intelligence can bog SOC workers down in matters that don’t impact business. If your analysts are busy investigating threats that pose no risk to your organization, then they are more likely to miss the ones that actually matter.
A lack of clear incident definitions and communication guidelines can result in confused and chaotic response processes at a time when companies ought to be coordinating to solve security problems.
SOCs are organized in silos that confine analysts in tiers and saddle them with repetitive tasks that can be unfulfilling and lead to unsatisfied employees and high rates of staff turnover.
The relationship between security and IT departments is often unhealthy and adversarial. All too often, IT thinks security is there to audit IT, get them in trouble, and make them do work.
Many organizations don't know what is attached to their network, they can't access the data traversing their network, and, therefore, they aren't able to identify malicious traffic and effectively mitigate threats.
Shiny object syndrome draws security leaders toward expensive tooling and prevents them from properly quantifying their needs and generating metrics to justify necessary staff and tools.
When CISOs or other security staff cry wolf on threats and fail to speak in business-terms, they are failing to communicate in ways that resonate with mission-focused leadership.
In order to run a truly effective SOC, security teams need to understand their organization's actual exposure to risk, and it's impossible to accurately quantify organizational risk without a deep level of visibility into your IT infrastructure and a holistic understanding of the data stored there. This is why we work with our customers' security and IT teams to mine their networks for requisite security information that they need to defend their network, demonstrate security value, and communicate with leadership.
We assess your security maturity, determine where your weaknesses are, align them with relevant threats, and use data to customize your defense accordingly.
Our use-case-based methodologies clearly distinguish actionable incidents from trivial events, laying out repeatable processes for reacting to and communicating about incidents and defeating alert fatigue.
Our analysts work in teams that diversify individual tasking, improve employee satisfaction, and ultimately increase staff retention, so that security can focus on security rather than recruiting.
Security needs critical system data and access to identify problems, but IT controls the architecture and inevitably has to fix these problems: the W@tchTower brings IT and security together.
We ensure that you know what is on your network and partner with you to improve your ability to differentiate normal and innocuous from abnormal and malicious.
We use the data that is available within your infrastructure to detect attacks when possible or to justify spending on tools and staff when the need arises.
When security teams and leadership can't speak in business-terms, they are failing to communicate in ways that resonate with mission-focused leadership.
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