What is Threat Engineering?
In the field of cybersecurity, detection engineering and threat engineering are terms that may sound similar but that actually serve different, unique purposes. Detection engineering focuses on developing, implementing, and fine-tuning systems and tools, such as intrusion detection systems (IDSs) and security information and event management (SIEM) platforms, in order to quickly identify any potential threats and as possible, respond to malicious activity.
Threat engineering, on the other hand, takes a broader, more proactive approach that involves leveraging threat research to identify potential threats and vulnerabilities in systems, networks, and software; developing countermeasures and mitigation strategies; and continuously monitoring and updating these measures to stay ahead of emerging threats.
Threat engineers work closely with developers and security teams to address weaknesses in systems and applications and help ensure that they are robust and resilient to attacks. With the goal of increasing threat mitigation effectiveness across an organization’s security portfolio, threat engineers may run advanced malware, exploit new vulnerabilities, and measure resilience over time. This process can help, for example, weed out products that may be underperforming and ultimately, could be removed without compromising protection but while also potentially lowering operational costs or opening up budgets to adjust and enhance the capabilities of the current cybersecurity technology stack.
By continuously monitoring network traffic and analyzing patterns, the Resolution Intelligence Cloud™ platform can detect and provide real-time insights into potential threats, helping threat engineers identify vulnerabilities within their organization’s infrastructure and security solutions and develop effective strategies to counter them.