Turn Down the Noise Generated by False Positive Malware Alerts

Malware Alert Triage for EDR

Turn Down the Noise Created by False Positives
For many Enterprises, MSSPs and MDR service providers, EDR and XDR has become the backbone of their enterprise detection fabric. VMRay enriches EDR/XDR deployments with definitive verdicts on “suspicious” alerts and operational intelligence to quickly mitigate threats.

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The Challenges:

The Question of EDR and XDR False Positives

EDRs and XDR solutions collect and analyze telemetry from endpoints related to security threats. However, plagued with high numbers of false positives, their impact significantly reduces SOC response times to critical incidents.
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Advanced Threats Become More Difficult to Detect

For traditional security stack deployments, zero-day, evasive malware, Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), and targeted phishing can be especially difficult to detect and analyze.
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The SOC Resource Sinkhole – Manual Alert Validation

Security practitioners must manually verify that each suspicious malware alert is either genuine malicious activity or a potential false positive, taking time and precious skilled resources.
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False Positives Negatively Affect Service Performance

EDRs can be very noisy, with some EDR solutions generating a backlog of hundreds or thousands of unwanted false positives in high volume environments – such as an MSSP / MDR SOC – impacting detection and response times to incidents.
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Alert Fatigue
Causes Delayed Responses

With high volumes of alerts to triage, security practitioners can quickly experience alert fatigue, missing critical events with the potential to exceed client’s SLA’s.
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The Solution:

Third-party EDR Alert Validation with VMRay

Swimming in a Sea of Malware Alerts? A constantly high-volume of alerts causes desensitization when manually responding to potential threats, leading to alerts being missed or ignored, or delayed responses to critical incidents. VMRay can help keep your Analyst’s heads above water.
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By automating EDR malware alert triage, VMRay can provide a definitive verdict to facilitate the automation of accurate blacklisting or whitelisting of true and false positives to identify legitimate threats.
VMRay’s malware alert triage enriches EDR / XDR data with accurate, collated reporting and increased operational threat intelligence in the form of prioritized IOCs to assist in threat hunting, detection engineering, and threat mitigation tasks.
When integrated as part of EDR/XDR deployment, automated actions such as quarantining systems, remediation or forensic snapshots can be tasked with confidence to ensure malicious activity is stopped before an attacker gains a foothold.
Add newly identified IOCs to detect and prevent identical threats from spreading throughout the network.

The Benefits:

Quickly Reduce MTTD and MTTR to Incidents

VMRay’s accuracy and speed of analysis – in addition to high volume alert throughput – makes it the best choice for Large Enterprise and MSSP/MDR SOC environments.
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Automated alert triage with fast verdicts allows SOC teams to take quick decisive action, and in turn, set up automated mitigation processes to significantly reduce the reliance on manual analysis.
Automated alert validation significantly reduces the risk of Analyst burnout, freeing them from the more mundane tactical triage tasks to focus on more strategic business goals.
Based on the verdict of malicious or benign, automated EDR/XDR actions can confidently make remedial actions to include quarantining systems involved in an attack or preventing write access to vulnerable resources.
The VMRay API connector automates the process of pulling file packages from EDR endpoints and submits them directly to the VMRay platform.

Now What?

Get hands-on with VMRay:

VMRay’s out-of-the-box integrations make it easy to unlock the full potential your security stack:
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