Most cyberattacks occur over the network, making it an ideal source of information about threats to an organization and its systems. Network traffic analysis (NTA) is the practice of monitoring network traffic to extract information about potential security threats and other IT issues.
Corporate IT infrastructure is made up of a wide variety of different environments and endpoints, which increases the difficulty of monitoring and securing an organization’s IT architecture. However, all of these systems are connected over the network, which is also how threats enter an organization’s environment and move between systems. NTA solutions monitor network traffic for anomalies, which can tip an organization off to a cyberattack or other issues with its network infrastructure.
NTA monitors traffic flowing over the network. Some of the main types of network data that an NTA solution may collect and process include the following:
After collecting network traffic data, an NTA solution analyzes it to extract useful intelligence. Often, NTA solutions use machine learning and behavioral analytics to identify anomalies within network traffic. These anomalies could point to a cyberattack or some other issue that needs addressing.
NTA provides organizations with the ability to more effectively analyze network traffic and identify anomalies that could point to cyberattacks or other potential issues. These capabilities provide numerous benefits to an organization, including the following:
Network traffic data can be an invaluable tool for identifying inbound and ongoing threats to an organization’s cybersecurity. NTA solutions can provide comprehensive visibility across an organization’s entire IT architecture and offer the potential to identify threats before they reach an organization’s endpoints.
Network detection and response (NDR) complements NTA, providing more comprehensive threat prevention, detection, and response capabilities. NDR solutions support security analysts to more rapidly identify threats to an organization and respond rapidly at scale via automation.
Check Point Horizon NDR provides a wide range of network security capabilities, including support for public and private cloud environments and built-in cloud intelligence and threat hunting functionality.
Horizon NDR was named a Leader in KuppingerCole Analysts Leadership Compass for Network Detection and Response (NDR). To learn more about Horizon NDR’s capabilities, check out this demo video.