Who Can Gain Advantages from Threat Intelligence?

Enterprise Security Magazine | Friday, January 21, 2022

Threat intelligence is an indispensable resource for cross-functional teams in every organization due to its numerous applications.

FREMONT, CA: Digital technology is central to most industries today. Cyberattacks have introduced a risk to the world's economic and cultural institutions, which have been revolutionized by automation and greater connectivity. Intelligence on threats is information that allows enterprises to prevent or reduce attacks. Data-driven threat intelligence gives context—such as who is targeting them, their motive and skills, and what indicators of compromise to look for in their systems—to make informed security decisions.

Today, the cybersecurity sector faces several obstacles, including increasing persistent and cunning threat actors, a daily deluge of data containing unnecessary information and false alarms across many, disconnected security systems, and a severe scarcity of qualified people.

Some businesses attempt to incorporate threat data streams into their network, but they don't know what to do with all the extra data, which adds to the workload of analysts who may not have the skills to determine what to prioritize and what to disregard.

A solution for cyber threat intelligence can solve each of these concerns. The best solutions use machine learning to automate data collection and processing, integrate with the existing solutions, consume unstructured data from disparate sources, and connect the dots by providing context on indicators of compromise (IoCs) and the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) of threat actors.

Threat intelligence is actionable because it is timely, offers context, and can be understood by decision-makers.

Cyber threat intelligence is commonly believed to be the province of elite analysts. It provides value across all security functions for businesses of all sizes.

When threat intelligence is considered a separate function inside a broader security paradigm instead of an essential component that augments every function, many of the people who might benefit most from threat intelligence do not have access to it when they need it.

Typically, security operations teams are unable to evaluate the alerts they get. Integrating threat intelligence with the security solutions businesses already employ can automatically prioritize and filter alerts and other dangers. With access to external insights and context offered by threat intelligence, vulnerability management teams can prioritize the most significant vulnerabilities more precisely. And fraud prevention, risk analysis, and other high-level security processes are enriched by threat intelligence's understanding of the current threat landscape, including critical insights on threat actors, tactics, techniques, and procedures, as well as other information from web-based data sources.