Threat hunting is arguably one of the most overused and misunderstood terms in security.

If you were to get a dozen security professionals in a room, heated debate would likely ensue over the exact definition of threat hunting. To be clear, the point of this post is not to wade into that debate; instead, what I would like to focus on is the result of “threat hunting.” In simple terms, the result of effective threat hunting is finding new, unknown and emerging threats before they cause harm to your organization.

So, what are some of the barriers and challenges that make achieving this result difficult for organizations? While there are many worth mentioning, the top one is the lack of skilled human resources. Most organizations lack enough seasoned security analysts to bring a formal threat hunting function in-house. Unfortunately, this means that hidden threats remain hidden, and the business remains at risk.

The good news is that there are new options SOCs can explore that significantly decrease the dependency on skilled security personnel to realize the value of threat hunting. For example, we have many customers who use the Siemplify Security Operations Platform to perform automated threat hunting without adding staff to their team. In the above short video, you can explore two common scenarios Siemplify customers regularly use that help them gain the benefits once thought only possible with an internal threat hunting practice.

Senior security analysts will always been needed to perform complex threat hunting actions –  no technology will ever eliminate this need, nor should it try. That said, every organization can realize the benefits of threat hunting – reduced risk, fewer successful attacks, increased security posture – by automating  their threat hunting. Happy hunting!

Steve Salinas is director of product marketing at Siemplify.