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How Kloudless Benefits UEBA Software

*This article is part of the Kloudless Guide to Cloud Security, A comprehensive guide to all things Cloud Security in 2020 for security software of all verticals.

Hackers pose a very real threat to modern enterprise businesses. Firewalls can be broken into or legitimate credentials can be procured that allow hackers to incur significant damage. Emails or messages with malicious attachments disguised as innocuous documents can result in data breaches of millions of dollars in lost capital. As a result, IT security software must take comprehensive measures to ensure that an organization can detect users and other entities that look to compromise the systems that they try to infiltrate.

One such means of ensuring that an organization is protected against these forms of harm is User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA). UEBA is a type of cybersecurity that analyzes the normal conduct of users in order to detect behavior that deviates from the standard operating procedures. For example, a user that downloads a very small amount of files regularly suddenly switching to downloading vast amounts of data would trigger the system to alert an organization of this irregularity. UEBA does this by using a combination of machine learning, algorithms, and statistical analysis to detect these deviations in behavior.

The Importance of UEBA

Because of its ability to detect normal user behavior versus malicious behavior, UEBA is one of the most important components of IT security. UEBA is not only for end-users, though. A large number of the behaviors that UEBA tracks are insider threats, ranging from employees that have been compromised to users with access to a system that may be planning to carry out targeted attacks on servers, applications, or more. 

Compromised accounts are another security threat that is monitored by UEBA. If a user unknowingly installed malware on their machine, they can unwittingly cause irreparable harm to an organization they are a part of. UEBA can help to search out compromised or spoofed accounts before they have a chance to do any real, lasting harm.

Brute-force attacks are another threat that UEBA protects against. Hackers target cloud-based entities and authentication systems in an attempt to overwhelm them and gain access to the data within. UEBA can detect these attempts and then block access to these entities.

Superusers or admin users are generally given a higher level of access to a system and the data contained wherein. A major benefit of UEBA is the ability to detect the creation of superusers and gauge their legitimacy or monitor if accounts were given permissions that they should not have been endowed with.

Another very important feature that UEBA provides is simply the ability to detect when protected data has been accessed. Users that access protected data are logged and then accounted for, notifying the system of any possible intruders or users that are accessing data they should not.

All of these use cases make up just a handful of the things that UEBA can provide when it comes to IT security. What all these things have in common, however, is that they are all a way of monitoring users and data.

A very large part of UEBA is the ability to trigger event notification when something out of the ordinary occurs, and this is often carried out by a vast array of real-time event monitoring hooks to report events that may seem out of the ordinary. 

Kloudless Supports UEBA With Unrivaled Event Monitoring

To provide large-scale threat protection, UEBA software needs to connect to SaaS apps to gain visibility into user behavior and data. Kloudless offers the ability to connect with over 100 cloud services in the same development time it would take to connect to a single one, so the ability to connect with a users’ preferred services is a quick and painless process for your development team. Kloudless also has you covered with tools like our Unified OAuth flow for individual accounts as well as admin accounts for org-wide access. The Kloudless Activity Monitoring API provides UEBA software with all the tools necessary for thorough user and entity behavior analytics so that your software can identify and track threats in real-time. We offer org-wide activity monitoring of all connected cloud accounts with our Team API and EventBridge support.

Kloudless Activity Monitoring enables security solutions like UEBA, by providing audit log level detail in a consistent and uniform manner via Amazon EventBridge. Kloudless monitors org-wide activity in connected cloud accounts using admin credentials regardless of whether the cloud service requires polling, listening to webhooks, crawling for data, or custom protocols. Once an application using Kloudless is aware of a change via EventBridge, it can take action using Kloudless’ Unified APIs to access, modify, or delete files and objects, collaboration settings, or user and group data.

Securing a Peace of Mind

Threat intelligence and threat detection ensure peace of mind for data centers that very well may mean the difference between an organization succeeding or failing due to compromisation. With the growing suite of SaaS app integrations and powerful toolsets built right in, Kloudless supports UEBA software in every facet of their important job. 

To learn more about how Kloudless can help your UEBA software with its API integration needs, please visit our security solutions page or write to hello@kloudless.com

*This article is part of the Kloudless Guide to Cloud Security, A comprehensive guide to all things Cloud Security in 2020 for security software of all verticals.

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David Hallinan

David Hallinan is an Integration Strategist and Head of Marketing at Kloudless. He enjoys painting, JavaScript, vintage synths, drum machines and forcing his sports allegiances on his children.

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