In today’s digital world, cybersecurity is an essential part of any organization’s security strategy. Defensive cyber operations (DCO) are a key component of this strategy and are designed to protect data networks, net-centric capabilities, and other designated systems.
In this blog post, we will explore what defensive cyber operations are, the different types of defensive cyber operations available, and how they can help keep organizations and governments secure.
What Are Defensive Cyber Operations?
Defensive cyber operations are activities conducted by a government or organization to detect, defend against, and mitigate malicious activity.
These operations include monitoring networks for potential cyber threats and investigating suspicious activity. They also involve deploying countermeasures such as firewalls, antivirus software, encryption techniques, application whitelisting, multifactor authentication (MFA), digital backups, and other security measures to protect systems and data from outside threats.
Proactive defense is a key aspect of defensive cyber operations, involving operations such as rapid prototyping, cloud-based defensive solutions, artificial intelligence, cyber analytics, and threat detection.
What Is Threat Hunting in Cyber Security? Threat hunting, also called “incident response without the incident” sits in the ‘Active Defense’ phase of the sliding scale of cyber security.
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What Do Defensive Cyber Operations Do?
Defensive cyber operations (DCO) rapidly delivers innovative and dominant cyberspace capabilities, as well as tailored information technology solutions.They aim to outmaneuver adversaries and protect critical missions, at an organizational or governmental level.
DCO tools are designed to help organizations identify and respond to potential threats, protect their systems from malicious activity, and mitigate the damage of a cyberattack. Organizations can use these operations to detect and investigate suspicious activity, deploy countermeasures to reduce risk, and take swift measures when an attack is identified.
By deploying defensive cybersecurity operations, organizations can create a more secure environment and reduce the risk of a successful cyberattack. With the right defensive measures in place, organizations can protect their networks, systems, and data from malicious actors.
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Implementing Defensive Operations at Your Organization
To maximize the effectiveness of your defensive cyber operations, organizations should:
- Develop clear policies and processes for detecting, investigating, responding to, and mitigating threats
- Utilize data analytics to identify patterns of suspicious activity or potential intrusions
- Leverage threat intelligence to understand and respond quickly to emerging threats
- Deploy automated tools such as firewalls, encryption techniques, application whitelisting, multifactor authentication, EDR, digital backups, and other security measures to protect systems and data from outside threats.
- Monitor networks for potential threats and investigate suspicious activity
- Automate processes where possible to reduce manual effort and speed up response time
Maximize the Effectiveness of Your Defensive and Offensive Cybersecurity
Defensive cyber operations are an essential part of any organization and military’s cybersecurity and are designed to detect, defend against, and mitigate malicious activity. Defensive cyber operations are most effective when implemented as part of a multi-layered security strategy.
With the rapidly evolving nature of cyber warfare, it’s no longer good enough to approach cybersecurity for defending technology the same way. Find out how our cyber protection team helps protect organizations and critical U.S. infrastructure.
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