Meeting the 555 Benchmark

Actionable Insights for Cloud Security Leaders and Practitioners
By Crystal Morin - JUNE 20, 2024


How long does it take your security teams to detect a potential threat, correlate relevant data, and initiate a response action? The 555 Benchmark for Cloud Detection and Response challenges organizations to detect a threat within 5 seconds, correlate data within 5 minutes, and initiate a response within 5 minutes. It is not just something you can implement or use to solve your cloud security struggles. It is about testing and improving your cloud security operations and processes. 555 is a framework by which you can shift your organization’s security mindset because you have 10 minutes or less to stop a cloud attack.

Sysdig published two guides to support and encourage organizations to strive for 10-minute incident response.

  • One is for the practitioners who work in and around the SOC, the ones who are in the trenches on the front line. 

“Tools alone are not enough to detect and respond to cloud attacks in real time. You must also adopt new mindsets about security — new skills, an updated outlook, and refined finesse.”
The 555 Guide for Cloud Security Practitioners

“Depending on an organization’s size and industry, the cost of unplanned downtime can vary between $138,000 and $540,000 per hour.”
The 555 Guide for CISOs

  • The other is for CISOs and senior security leaders – those providing strategic and tactical reports to other business functions or the board regarding security value, risk, and impact, and also leading teams through battle. 

“Depending on an organization’s size and industry, the cost of unplanned downtime can vary between $138,000 and $540,000 per hour.”
The 555 Guide for CISOs

With these two guides, security personnel at all levels can have discussions using shared language and hit shared goals by implementing changes that will modernize and speed up cloud security practices. 

Enterprise security is a symphony orchestra, with the CISO as the conductor. An oboist probably can’t do a violinist job, but there is a mutual understanding and respect for their responsibilities. The two contribute their unique skills to the overall performance, just as SOC analysts, developers, IT, infrastructure, and other business functions play unique roles in the overall security of their organization. The coordination and harmony between different elements are crucial for creating a seamless and secure environment, and just as important to establishing and maintaining speedy threat detection and response.

These guides facilitate all levels of security professionals in maturing and modernizing the SOC and incident response processes through proactive actions requiring collaboration, integration, and automation. 

  • Collaborate cross-functionally inside and outside of security and technical teams to bring new and innovative perspectives to security processes.
  • Integrate your existing API-driven security tools with modern cloud-native tools for visibility across your entire environment and simplification of security processes.
  • Automate as much of your detection, correlation, and response actions as possible. 

Fast and Automated Incident Response = Less Attack Risk = Lower Chance of Materiality = Business and Operational Value of Security.

If your organization is operating in the cloud, now is the time to up your game. You might be surprised to learn that there are ways to modernize your cloud threat detection and response processes without spending an exorbitant amount of money. Orchestrate your people, processes, and tools, and harmonize the security efforts of the business. 

Read and share the 555 Guide for CISOs and Security Leaders and the 555 Guide for Cloud Security Practitioners, and get ready to elevate your cloud threat detection and response to the next level. Start your journey towards better, faster security today by securing every second. 

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