Networks in any organisation are increasingly complex, with on-premise, cloud-based, remote and end-point technologies susceptible to evolving cyber threats. Network Detection and Response (NDR) is a strategic tool that provides visibility, analysis and anomaly detection in a network’s traffic in a centralised and actionable manner.  

Security teams can integrate NDR solutions into existing SIEMs and SOARs, agnostic of technology architectures, which can differ from one organisation to another. With a central console to monitor, analyse and respond to threats in network traffic, NDRs are a key part of any incident response strategy, helping in building cyber resilience and keeping ahead of emerging risks. 

Network traffic analysis has evolved significantly since packet capture and analysis and intrusion detection and prevention systems. NDR systems are non-signature based, meaning they don’t rely on exploit signatures that are already known and might be obsolete. With behavioural analysis and machine-learning capabilities, an NDR system anticipates possible anomalies before they have a chance to compromise the network. Deviations from the expected baselines can provide useful alerts to security teams, be tuned and refined, and actioned by security operations centres (SOCs). NDRs also provide a more focused way to conduct and complement threat hunting so that security teams don’t waste valuable resources looking in the wrong places. 

For a rounded threat intelligence solution, look for a context-driven NDR that provides value across continuous security monitoring to internal security teams and managed security service providers (MSSPs), such as BlueVoyant.