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Office 365 Cyber Defense Operations helps to protect, detect, and respond to threats in real-time to ensure rapid response and resolution to security threats.
Informed by trillions of data points across an extensive network of sensors, devices, authentications, and communications, Office 365 cyber defense operations employ automated software, machine learning, behavioral analysis, and forensics to create an intelligent security graph. This threat intelligence insight helps our team connect the dots, then counter with effective containment and coordinated remediation.

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Cyber Defense Services with CRI Advantage

Typical objectives of Cyber Advisor engagements include:

  • Information security leadership and guidance
  • Steering committee leadership or participation
  • Security compliance management
  • Security policy, process, and procedure development
  • Incident response planning
  • Security training and awareness
  • Board and executive leadership presentations
  • Security assessment
  • Internal/external audits
  • Managing penetration testing
  • Social engineering
  • Vulnerability assessments
  • Risk assessment

And much, much more.

Fully Management Cyber Defense Operations Center (cdoc)

Demand for skilled cybersecurity people is at an all-time high. Attacks are as sophisticated and frequent as ever, and the need to ensure adequate safeguards against compromise is a substantial risk in the organization to mitigate. On the other hand, the supply for these skilled people is limited. Even if you do manage to find, hire, and afford quality staff, it can be challenging to retain them. You may also not be able to provide the full range of skill sets that are needed to defend against today’s threats, such as an expert in intrusion and threat intelligence, malware reverse engineering, and data science.A fully managed service addresses these concerns by shifting those burdens to a service provider who specializes in providing these services. We can afford to have a larger team with more diverse skill sets because we bring those to bear for our clients. Our clients are not security companies and shouldn’t need to spend the resources on maintaining one when a managed service can provide a complete solution at a much lower cost.

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Hybrid Managed Cyber Defense Operations

Cybersecurity practices are becoming more and more integrated throughout an organization’s technology processes as people discover it is far better to make security a part of the process rather than an afterthought. As a result, some organizations may not find it beneficial to have a managed service provide a full-service cyber operations function and instead would like a customized security-as-a-service approach. CRI can provide tailor-made combinations of services to suit any security need.

  • 24×7 Continuous Monitoring
  • Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)
  • Incident Management
  • Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
  • Threat Intelligence
  • Vulnerability Scanning

24×7 Continuous MonitoringEndpoint Detection and Response (EDR)Incident ManagementSecurity Information and Event Management (SIEM)Threat IntelligenceVulnerability Scanning

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24×7 Continuous Monitoring

It takes at least nine staff to ensure a fully staffed operations center with 24×7 coverage. Having 24×7 coverage with Tier 1 monitoring through a managed service is far more cost-effective than finding and maintaining your staff. Our staff are dedicated experts and specialize in cybersecurity operations. Second and third level support services are tightly integrated with Tier 1 monitoring and can be adjusted easily based on customer agreement.

Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)

With the development of more sophisticated endpoint monitoring capabilities, visibility into endpoint behavior, and the ability to detect zero-day threats using machine learning capabilities have never been greater. Malware invasion of an environment most often begins at the endpoint, so identification and response to a threat as quickly as possible are critical. With EDR we deploy software to your endpoints, which runs 24×7. It identifies known risks, but also identifies suspicious activity and notifies us when it happens. Using our tools, we can respond immediately across all endpoints to contain and eradicate threats.

Incident Management

In situations where a full response team is not needed to respond to an incident, but oversight and direction is required in order to coordinate technical efforts and ensure the best response possible, we provide incident management services. If your company does not have a dedicated security team or CISO-like function, we can also advise your company’s leadership as the response unfolds and also recommend a communication plan customized to the event being experienced.

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

A SIEM is the nerve center for cybersecurity operations analysts in an organization. It has visibility into any data fed into it, whether it be logs, alerts, traps, or unstructured data. Practical SIEM implementations require large amounts of data to correlate different events and produce meaningful analysis. Maintaining a SIEM can easily strain on-premise resources due to storage, licensing costs, and labor resource costs to maintain the SIEM. CRI’s SIEM is cloud-based and designed to handle extensive datasets and far more cost-effective than maintaining one by yourself.

Threat Intelligence

The notion of cyber threat intelligence has led to a variety of different concepts and interpretations. At its core, threat intelligence uses the information available from various sources to form a living picture of an organization’s exposure by learning and monitoring the tools, tactics, and procedures (TTPs) of malicious actors. Many organizations have entities who persistently try to penetrate them due to a desire for a gain of intellectual property or financial gain. CRI creates and maintains an understanding of external and internal threats by maintaining an understanding of their TTPs to ensure that proper defensive technologies and procedures are implemented to mitigate any attacks appropriately.

Vulnerability Scanning

Periodic scanning of your perimeter and internal systems is no longer sufficient in today’s threat environment. Daily scanning ensures that new exposures are identified quickly so that prompt remediation may occur before attackers have the time to exploit them. Maintaining the licensing and systems to perform these scans, as well as the expertise to interpret their results, can consume a significant amount of time and money. CRI’s services allow for scanning as frequently as needed, even hourly. They include not just basic network-level scanning, but also application-specific scanning using best of breed commercial tools. A combination of general scanning and web application-specific scanning is always recommended. Credentialed scanning of databases, cloud deployments, and application containers are also highly recommended to provide a complete view of the environment.

Why CRI Advantage?

CRI Advantage has been a leader in cybersecurity, risk management, and security professional staffing for businesses, federal agencies, as well as state and local government departments for more than 25 years.

Our security engineers have Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and related certifications and are proficient in forensic, discovery, network analysis, IA certification, and exploit tools.
When you work with CRI, you are bringing cutting edge technology with the knowledge and experience to implement the most efficient processes to your team. Whether you are a small, medium, or large business – we can help.

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