Data Breach Investigation and Response

One of the most tedious and time-consuming tasks for security operations, forensics, and incident response teams during an investigation of a suspected or historic data breach is determining what data has been accessed or has been stolen by an attacker. Historically, this protracted and difficult task falls on specialist digital forensic and incident response providers who forensically comb through logs using specialized tools and their deep cybersecurity expertise to piece together what happened down to the individual data objects. 

Telemetry from Data Objects at Your Fingertips

When security teams shift their thinking from protecting tools and teams to protecting data, their ability to determine what happened and take corrective action accelerates tremendously. Organizations who have deployed Symmetry Systems DataGuard report that their security teams can respond to these security events more quickly, because they are armed with deep and continuous understanding of:

  • How data flows through environments, and how data stores and data objects are being used.
  • Which databases and data objects have been compromised or are inoperable (during a ransomware attack), to quickly determine what data might have been obtained during an incident.
  • What precise data objects has been compromised or obtained by a cyber criminal, malicious third-party, or insider threat.
  • Which data objects have been accessed or modified to take precise corrective action.
  • Which identities have been compromised, to investigate how else an identity and its access to data might have been used.
  • The level of permissions a compromised user has in order to see how far the data breach might have spread and to what systems.
  • The blast radius of a compromised identity, to understand how far a threat actor can get or has gone with a compromised credential.
  • What operations have been taken against data, to not only learn how data has been used, but also hunt for threats proactively.
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DataGuard enables security teams to quickly know what the total blast radius, or attack surface, is during an attack, and what data and how much of it a threat actor has obtained. Continuous alerts for anomalous data behaviors and data access allow security teams to stay ahead of threats, minimize their impact, and stop threat actors before they can move laterally throughout the environment.

Learn How DataGuard Can Help

Our customers use DataGuard to develop a complete understanding of:

  • What data they have.
  • Where it is located.
  • Who and what is entitled to it.
  • How it is secured.
  • In what manner it has been accessed.

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