Incorporate threat information into your security strategy

Two years of remote work and the advent of digital transformation have increased the attack space for organizations. Threat information provides an opportunity to mend the balance.

Threat intelligence or threat intelligence is the use of data, processing it as information, and then interrogating it to tell the story of an improvement in decision-making. Rather than answering simple questions directly, it provides insight that analysts use to answer more complex questions. Today, companies have a lot of data from multiple logs, traditional security controls (firewalls, antivirus, email and web access portals, etc.), technical information (threat lists, spam and malware), social media, and forums. Industrial, dark web sites and media. But without context, all of these information flows overburden security teams, even when they are directly absorbed into security tools and workflows. This results in fatigue associated with alerts, exposing you to poor results or even fatigue. To address this, threat intelligence platforms are able to process these massive sources of threat data, to produce only relevant and actionable intelligence, thus supporting proactive security decision making.

The Three Pillars of Threat Intelligence Strategy

To define a threat intelligence strategy and support proactive intelligence analysis, the company rarely has the necessary expertise, time, or resources. However, the collection and monitoring of various sources of information makes it possible to discover relevant threat indicators. This can include things like leaking company credentials, mentioning their products on the dark web, or finding typos for their trademarks on domain name registrations. This type of intelligence helps inform the IT department about password resets, phishing campaigns targeting employees, and also speeds up the investigation of potential security incidents.

Integrating threat intelligence with existing security monitoring technologies reduces alert fatigue, automatically enriches metrics, and speeds up incident response. Good intelligence helps prioritize critical alerts more quickly, enriches indicators from internal sources from outside, and adds context for understanding tactical, operational, and strategic perspectives. This means that the information is contextualized, presented in real time via an API and is readable by a device with which the APIs can work.

Analysis is then needed to proactively identify emerging threats and take a close look at the risks to the company, its industry and its suppliers. CISOs must be able to go beyond new threat detection and deliver strategic value. They then move from a constantly reactive mode of fire management to a more calm proactive one in identifying, hunting and preventing threats. Thus, they are equipped to fend off threats before they have an impact on the company.

An effective threat intelligence strategy integrates and enhances existing security controls. It relies on collecting and analyzing technical sources across the open web and dark web, and even converting foreign language content into a usable format. In addition, the participation of a technical partner expert in threat intelligence helps inform an initial strategy over time by identifying critical use cases for new business. This is how proactive measures to confuse adversaries and ensure the security of people, systems and infrastructures are implemented.

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