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Unified Detection

The traditional way of operationalizing security content is forward-looking, by disseminating the content to the detection edge where they can act, e.g., network sensors or endpoint agents. If the roll-out relies on periodic pulling, then there's an inherent minimum delay from the time a detection was available to the time when it can act. In addition, if there is no historical telemetry at the edge, the detection must also be applied to the SIEM out-of-band. The diagram below illustrates this:

Live Detection Live Detection

What we really want is a unified approach for operationalizing security content: automated push-based dissemination with a negligible propagation delay and installation at the detection edge, so the that future telemetry streams through the engine. When keeping telemetry at the edge, the new detection should also immediately trigger a retro scan:

Live & Retro Detection Live & Retro Detection

This architecture decouples the arrival of new security content from the execution of the detection. VAST runs in production with this use case for detections in the form of tactical indicators. We are in the process of extending this mechanism to more advanced stateful detections, e.g., Sigma correlations or machine-learning models.

Suricon 2021

Check out our talk with DCSO at Suricon 2021 on how VAST supports this architecture with Suricata telemetry and security content in the form of STIX indicators.