Google Cloud Adds Curated Detection to Chronicle

Organizations are
increasingly relying on threat intelligence data to understand the sheer volume
and complexity of security threats. On that note, Google Cloud announced the general
availability of the "curated detection" capability
for its Chronicle
security analysis platform to give organizations insights into the latest
security threats.

The new
feature, as part of the Chronicle SecOps Suite, pipes Google’s own threat
intelligence data into an automated detection service that provides security
teams with up-to-date insights on cloud threats -- such as attacks against
cloud systems, attempts to exfiltrate data, and misconfigured systems -- and Windows-based
attacks -- such as ransomware, remote-access tools (RAT), information stealers,
data exfiltration, suspicious activity, and misconfigurations.

The service provides security
teams with “high quality, actionable, out-of-the-box threat detection content
curated, built, and maintained by the Google Cloud Threat Intelligence team,
said Benjamin Chang, a Google Cloud software engineer. "By surfacing impactful, high-efficacy detections, Chronicle can enable analysts to spend time responding to actual threats and reduce alert fatigue."

The information
from the detection service can be integrated with authoritative data sources
such as from the organization’s identity access management systems and
configuration management databases to give security teams more context. Customers who used curated detections
during public preview were able to detect malicious activity and take actions
to prevent threats earlier in their lifecycle, Chang said.

By adding this capability to
Chronicle, Google Cloud is entering the managed detection and response market. Google
Cloud isn’t the only one – Microsoft provides similar capabilities via Microsoft
Sentinel
. Security teams are understaffed and overstressed, trying to keep
up with an evolving threat landscape and managing the growing volume of alerts.
By partnering with managed detection and response service providers, security
teams have a shot at quickly identifying, investigating, and responding to threats.