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Executive Summary: The 2024 State of Threat Hunting Report

The 2024 State of Threat Hunting Report offers new insight into the challenges that today’s threat hunters are up against and illuminates opportunities for security leaders to provide support. In this executive summary of report findings, learn more about the significant impact of AI and automation on threat hunting, the challenges associated with false positives and the identification of unknown assets, and the need for better communication with stakeholders.

Tailored for decision-makers contending with the complexities of managing security in dynamic organizational environments, justifying cybersecurity budgets, and navigating intricate regulatory frameworks, this executive summary also highlights strategic opportunities to advance technology integration and team development for a fortified cybersecurity posture.

Key Takeaways for Strategic Decision-Makers:

  • Tools: The use of AI and automation are rising, and threat hunters are finding these tools valuable. Only 7% of threat hunters did not use an AI-based tool to aid their work in the last 12 months.
  • Challenges: Threat hunters struggle with high rates of false positives (about one-third see over 20% false positives) in their threat intelligence as well as the discovery of unknown assets tied to their attack surface.
  • Opportunities: Threat hunters could use help communicating with stakeholders. Less than half feel confident communicating news about threats to Legal/PR teams.

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