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February 12, 2024by Cybersixgill

Artificial Intelligence and The New Life of a Cyber Analyst

How AI is transforming the Security Operations Center

The world changed on November 30, 2022, when OpenAI released the generative AI tool ChatGPT, quickly redefining how industries, governments, and society viewed artificial intelligence. As a result, generative AI is having a profound impact on how Security Operations Centers (SOCs) operate. By integrating AI into cyber threat intelligence (CTI), SOC teams can bolster their threat intelligence by automating the collection, processing, and analysis of data.

Gone are the days when the mean time to resolution was measured in hours and days when security analysts reviewed logs from disparate systems to decide what security event needed to be investigated. Instead of spending hours manually identifying and responding to cyber attacks, security analysts can now spend time on more impactful activities like proactive threat-hunting. They can also focus on more strategic responsibilities, such as planning for priority threat intelligence requirements and building reports with contextual insights that communicate data to key stakeholders in a non-technical way.

However, not every AI solution is created equally. Off-the-shelf and open-source AI solutions are only as good as the data they have access to. Additionally, there are legitimate concerns about data privacy and decision-making based on inaccurate information. 

Cybersixgill IQ: breaking new barriers

Our generative AI solution Cybersixgill IQ is solving many pain points of overburdened security teams and makes CTI accessible to organizations and professionals at any security maturity level. For instance, Cybersixgill IQ supports advanced security analysts by reducing the time needed to analyze intelligence while supporting novice analysts who may not be familiar with the intricacies of the underground but want to understand and process valuable threat intelligence.

Unlike other ChatGPT-based solutions, we've enhanced IQ with our intelligence data lake, enabling users to inquire about mentions of keywords or phrases in the underground. This can be used for a wide range of purposes, from brand intelligence to understanding an organization's digital footprint in the cyber underground. Additionally, the solution delivers actionable contextual intelligence within seconds, referencing the intelligence with an organization’s specific attack surface, such as its sector, location, and assets Users receive AI-generated analysis, high-quality finished reporting, and 24/7 assistance, making critical real-time threat intelligence accessible to more individuals and departments.

Let’s take the classic example of a compromised endpoint or machine compromise using stealer malware offered for sale. A reporting screen typically shows a standard view of highly technical intelligence that only experienced security analysts are able to fully leverage. With IQ’s summarization capability, users have this detailed, technical view as well as a high-level summary that analyzes all data relating to this item and distills those insights into a readable, easy-to-comprehend description. View our summarization capability in action by clicking here.

To facilitate greater context and depth of analysis using IQ, we enable direction pivoting from IQ to various parts of the portal. This is an additional step that helps integrate IQ into workflows - starting with higher-level questions and then diving deeper into additional sections of the Portal. For example, when a user sees internal portal links to CVE cards or Cybersixgill’s Entity Navigator in IQ summaries, the user can easily click those links to open the relevant pages in a new tab.

IQ also features a chat capability that enables users to conduct research by entering a prompt in the chat field and receiving detailed information. By clicking “How does this affect my organization?” at the bottom of the response, the user receives contextual insights about how the threat affects the organization and its attack surface. View an overview of our chat capability by clicking here.

The solution also adheres to data privacy regulations by protecting users’ data and never sharing it with the generative AI model or any third parties. Our comprehensive approach guarantees full obfuscation, safeguarding all assets, whether or not sensitive data is explicitly identified. With IQ, security teams can leverage generative AI with full assurance that their data is secure and protected. Read more to learn about the important steps we’re taking.

AI is having a big impact on cybersecurity – from automating manual tasks to providing increased threat visibility and helping to improve the detection and prevention of cyber attacks. And as AI technology continues to evolve, so will the role of the cyber analyst, who must embrace new technologies to stay ahead of the threat curve.

Learn how Cybersixgill IQ can help your organization address alert fatigue, sift through overwhelming volumes of threat data, and manage and monitor an ever-expanding attack surface. 

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