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Threat Intelligence – Know Your Enemy: Learn, read, anticipate, take advice and prepare


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In today's cyber world, you often hear the phrase, ‘threat Intelligence', but what exactly is it all about?

Basically, threat intelligence is the output of analysis based on identification, collection, and enrichment of collated data and information and it falls into the key areas of, operational intelligence and strategic intelligence. Operational is produced by computers and strategic comes from human analysts.

It all boils down to evidence-based knowledge, including context, mechanisms, indicators, implications and actionable advice, about an existing or emerging menace or hazard to assets that can be used to inform decisions regarding the subject's response to that menace or hazard.

In corporate environments, a truly well-planned initiative has the potential to provide enormous benefits based upon the adoption of the following.

Learn to look globally or specifically into particular attack vectors, global warnings posted by various agencies and cyber-security providers. Whatever you do, conducting deep research online will be tremendously beneficial to you and your company.


Learning from the misfortune of others

Just like learning from the mistakes of others, the best time to acquire threat intelligence is when something happens to someone else. Recent cyber-attacks are prime opportunities to learn, so long as you can locate the information you need to protect your organisation.


Anticipate

Unsurprisingly, it's much easier to defend against an attack if you know it's coming. With that in mind, wouldn't it be a good idea to get ahead of the game? Know your enemy and the threats posed.


Prepare

For threat intelligence to be truly valuable, it must be a tool that enables you to take positive and proactive measures.


Learn from indicators of compromise

As threat intelligence becomes a more widely accepted necessity for organisations, the tools available to improve it are coming on in leaps and bounds. Not only are modern threat intelligence platforms capable of assimilating data from seemingly unlimited number of sources, recent technological advances such as machine-learning algorithms have enabled dramatically faster and more efficient data processing.


Observe adversary tactics, techniques, and procedures

Knowing your enemy and understanding the motives is an obvious advantage. If you know what the most likely attack routes are, you're much more able to defend against them. By prioritising your resources to defend against currently favoured attack vectors, you'll be dramatically reducing the risk of suffering a costly (and embarrassing) breach.

With that said, the internet is the single largest source of threat intelligence and from early-stage research to direct adversary threats, the web offers tremendous threat intelligence benefits supporting your own threat analysis and the counter-measures you can take.

We all know the phrase "stranger danger" but let's also adopt the phrase "threats mean danger".

Caretower is able to offer world class advice and solutions towards threat intelligence and deployment of counter-measure solutions. Please contact us for more information.

Steven Davies
MIET, MBCS, Security & GDPR Specialist



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