The Importance of Cyber Threat Intelligence

Enterprise Security Magazine | Monday, January 16, 2023

Cyber Threat Intelligence consists of numerous benefits for organizations, such as enhancing the efficiency of the security team and eliminating risk, and data breaches can be prevented.

FREMONT, CA: As a result of collecting, analyzing, and processing information security or cybersecurity — data, cyber threat intelligence is compiled into aggregated knowledge and insight. In order to shift a company's cybersecurity stance from a reactive to a proactive stance, an organization must analyze threat actors' behavior (both passive and active), attack targets, and motives. When addressing cyberattacks, threat intelligence allows organizations to make quick, data-driven, real-time security decisions. With this advanced knowledge, the security team can make preemptive changes before an attack actually crosses the threshold of an organization, creating custom barriers specifically for the suspected attackers.

The importance of cyber threat intelligence can be summed up as follows:  Cybersecurity can become proactive by utilizing threat intelligence instead of being reactive.

Security teams benefit from cyber threat intelligence in such ways:

In acquiring a better understanding of their adversaries.

In making sure individuals are ahead of threat actors before they cause an incident.

If the threat actor breaches the network, it is wise to respond faster.

The best threat intelligence solutions incorporate automated data collection and processing, which allows more information to be processed into actionable intelligence in a timely manner. Additionally, it integrates IOCs and TTPs of threat actors with the organization's data to provide a comprehensive threat profile. 

Threat intelligence consists of the following types:

Management of vulnerabilities: In the legacy threat environment, vulnerability management was based on patching everything as often as possible. Using threat intelligence, the security team can determine which vulnerabilities pose the greatest risk to the organization.

Security Operations: Cyber threat intelligence enhances security operations (SecOps) in several ways. Firewalls and other threat intelligence feeds bombard security operations centers (SOCs) with alerts that need to be triaged and managed. It is common for genuine alerts to get lost in the shuffle due to the overload. 

Threat intelligence informs the triage of alerts and threats faster and filters out false alarms. By recognizing patterns, analysts can avoid alerts for attacks that are less likely to target their organizations and move away from alerting for benign actions instead of malicious ones. As well as integrating threat data to flag known attack types such as ransomware, threat intelligence can also be used to flag advanced persistent threats and ransomware.

Management of risks: An attack's likelihood and associated attack actors can be determined using cyber threat intelligence. Business decisions can also be informed by threat intelligence regarding risks and implications.

A well-rounded risk profile for various attack types and cyber events can be built by asking the right questions about data and applying detailed information to the security strategy. An organization's cybersecurity policy will be comprehensive if it understands its risk profile and uses threat intelligence to make informed risk management decisions.

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