“Threat hunting,” or “cyber threat hunting” is the process of proactively and iteratively searching through networks and datasets to detect threats that evade existing automated tools and is done by a threat hunter or security analyst. It is essential for network security because it works to identify hidden threats within an existing set of network data.
Threat hunting utilizes manual techniques from the threat hunter and machine-assisted techniques, the combination of which aims to find Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs) of advanced adversaries. While this methodology is both time-tested and effective, it is also time consuming, and can sometimes miss important clues in mountains of network data. In the article below, we will discuss not only what threat hunting is, but also how it can be made more efficient through the use of modern tools.