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Vectra introduces the industry’s first privilege-aware network detection

Privileged Access Analytics drives visibility into privileged entities and detects malicious interactions to mitigate the single biggest threat to critical data

Dr. Jacob Sendowski, director of product management at Vectra
Vectra
Dr. Jacob Sendowski, director of product management at Vectra

Vectra announced that Privileged Access Analytics (PAA) are available with the Cognito platform to monitor the interactions between user accounts, services and hosts, and provide continuous visibility and assessment of privileges required to enforce zero trust.

A traditional access-based approach to zero trust relies on one-time security gating decisions that use a predefined list of privileged identities. This approach is fundamentally flawed when cyberattackers steal credentialed access or have escalated privileges.

“We must have visibility into what the entity – the user, the executable, the device, the network connection and so on – is doing once it gains access,” to Neil MacDonald, Gartner distinguished VP analyst. “How is it behaving? Does the entity or its behaviors represent excessive risk? If so, then we should have the ability to detect this, confirm that it is real, prioritize it and take action.”

With PAA, the Cognito platform continuously monitors the behaviors of user accounts, services and hosts once they gain access to and operate on the network. As a result, Cognito delivers both a continuous real-time assessment of their privilege levels by scoring their behaviors for threat and certainty, and a risk-level prioritization for them. This empowers security teams with the right information to take quick action against the malicious use of privilege across cloud and hybrid environments.

“The real-time assessment of trust is performed by continuously observing the behavior of user accounts, services and hosts on the network,” Dr. Jacob Sendowski, director of product management at Vectra.

“Now, when privileged credentials are compromised and abused, the new suite of Cognito PAA detection models are able to uniquely determine the malicious use of privilege in real-time.” Sendowski added.

PAA is available in the Cognito platform as a suite of detection models in Cognito Detect and as searchable security enrichments to network metadata in Cognito Stream and Cognito Recall. Enforcement can be accomplished through native integrations with endpoint detection and response (EDR), security information and event management (SIEM) systems and orchestration tools. Custom integration is available by accessing attributes through the Cognito REST API.