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What is a Cyber Fusion Center?

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What is a Cyber Fusion Center?

Security teams use different tools and technologies to build a dynamic security posture and gain deeper visibility into the threat landscape. Some organizations use Security Operation Centers (SOC), while others use Cyber Fusion Centers to integrate teams, technologies, and processes.

Despite the use of innovative technologies and security solutions to safeguard their networks and systems, many still struggle with the disparate security-related information across their ecosystem and operationalizing threat indicators.

Cyber fusion centers combine threat intelligence, security automation, incident response, threat detection, and other security functions into a single unit in a collaborative manner. This approach bridges the gap between teams through intelligence synthesis and helps enable rapid threat prediction capabilities.

The concept of cyber fusion has existed for a long time. In the 1980's, military intelligence agencies came up with the concept of cyber fusion. They built physical cyber fusion centers to collaborate with different intelligence communities to understand their security activities and gain a deeper understanding of the threat ecosystem. The approach to building a cyber fusion center is new and is dependent upon how effectively organizations can integrate their technologies, processes, and people to defend their systems against threats.

How Can a Cyber Fusion Center Help My Organization?

In order to make strategic decisions, security teams need to correlate threat detection data from multiple disparate sources. This correlation can be achieved using innovative technology, artificial intelligence, and enhanced collaboration. The Cyber Fusion Approach helps connect the dots between threat information gathered from multiple sources to gain insights into threat actors' tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) and increase response time. Security teams are able to better understand adversary behavior through improved inter-team collaboration by connecting the dots to quickly identify security incidents. Cyber fusion centers help security professionals identify security trends and potential threats in real-time to enable a more decisive response to threats.

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Are Cyber Fusion Centers Necessary?

One word. Collaboration.

Cyber Fusion Centers take a proactive approach to allow for an integrated sharing platform to exchange threat intelligence among traditionally siloed teams and strengthens several security processes. This, in of itself, is reason enough.

Once a Cyber Fusion Center is implemented, security teams can implement actionable strategies to collaborate and take a collective defense approach to threats. The collective defense and threat intelligence exchange approach make it possible for all the security teams to collaborate on a single platform-based system.

Through automated threat intelligence sharing, cyber fusion's collective defense approach enables security teams from different organizations to collaborate. Cyber fusion centers are cost-effective but efficient in addressing the complex cybersecurity landscape, compared to traditional, big-budget SOCs that are capable of staggering in unforeseen black-swan events. Integrating Cyber Fusion Capabilities can greatly enhance your organization's security posture and responsiveness to threats.

How does a Cyber Fusion Center Work?

A Cyber-Fusion Based Approach is an advanced version of the Security Operations Center model that creates a unified approach to threat detection, response, threat hunting, threat intelligence sharing, and data sciences. This entity is built to unify disparate teams within an organization such as SecOps, IT operations, physical security, product development, fraud, and others to boost overall threat intelligence, accelerate critical threat prediction and incident response, and reduce organizational costs and risks.

Cyber Fusion Capabilities focus on increasing operational effectiveness, readiness, and response to critical threats to improve Cyber Defenses through a collaborative environment. This is accomplished through the collaborative and streamlined communication of tactical cyber threat intelligence, relevant indicators of compromise (IOC), and analysis of potential threats/threat actors/risks before they impact. A Cyber Fusion Approach also includes incorporating an operational threat intelligence program with real-time information on threats and real-time alert dissemination to inform Incident Response Teams.

Information and actions can be shared among teams in various ways. As a result, an organization can witness the collaboration between threat response teams to quickly identify and address pitfalls and improve overall security functions and reduce cyber security issues.

Cyber Fusion Centers combine threat data from various security tools in one place to deduce high confidence actionable intelligence designed to improve an organization's detection and response capability. The increased capabilities give organizations the ability to identify digital threats and suspicious patterns, quickly respond and mitigate them more effectively to reduce mean time to respond (MTTR) and stay on top of threats across the cyber threat landscape to reduce cyber security issues.