information technology threats

How to Detect IT Threats

IT Desl

It’s all well and good knowing about the different kinds of IT threats you can come across and how to deal with them, but before you can do that, you must first be able to detect them on your servers.

Spotting a threat early, or even just a vulnerability that can lead to a threat means that you can consistently keep your systems safer and more secure. Detecting them soon is integral to maintaining servers and systems that remain immune to the effects of threats and can keep running smoothly without any issues.

Even the most secure of security systems can have small things slip through the cracks, so it’s essential that you know to spot them.

Threat Intelligence

There have been many cyber-attacks and security breaches over the years, and you can use the information on these attacks to your advantage. Technologies like antivirus protection utilize this information to detect and inform you of any known threats.

This type of data is perfect for detecting attacks from known sources or threats, but you will need to combine it with other detection techniques to be able to identify unknown threats.


EDR, Endpoint Detection, and Response is an effective security tool and solution which detects and analyses suspicious activity on a host or endpoint. It not only analyses individual threats but as an ongoing solution, it also identifies patterns within risks to better detect other threat activity. This allows it to detect threats faster which means you can resolve the threat before it becomes a real issue for your data.

Installing EDR from McAfee to your network is a great way to detect oncoming threats. It will even send you an automated response to notify you of any threats that it does detect.

Threat Search

Unfortunately, sometimes waiting for a threat to appear in your system can be too late. If you actively search for a threat, you can test it against your current protection method, and you will know if your detection methods are working accurately. However, this is an advanced tactic and it should be approached with caution. 


A firewall is probably the most common and well-known type of threat detection and prevention and it is worth making use of one. It is an appliance that screens for dangerous activity or unauthorized access and automatically undertakes the appropriate reaction and solution. This type of detection is perfect for protecting the network itself and actively blocking any potential threats that it comes across.


Individual threat detection components will not be able to cover your entire network and servers by themselves, which is why it is important that you employ a combination of technologies to make sure that all of your bases are covered and prepared for any kind of attack.

Speed is integral to detecting and blocking all types of cyber threats, which is why protection systems that also possess the ability to automatically notify you or operate a counterattack towards detected threats are an essential part of your security system.