Integrate threat intelligence into your security strategy

Two years of remote working and the explosion of digital transformation have increased the attack surface for organizations. Threat intelligence offers an opportunity to redress the balance.

Threat intelligence or threat intelligence is the use of data, processed as information, and then interrogated to tell a story that improves decision-making. Rather than answering simple questions directly, it provides insight that analysts use to answer more complex questions. Companies today have tons of data from multiple logs, traditional security checks (firewall, antivirus, email and web access gateways, etc.), technical information (threat lists, spam and malware), social networks, forums by industry, dark web sites and media. But without context, all of these streams of information overwhelm security teams, even as they are ingested directly into security tools and workflows. This results in fatigue linked to alerts, which exposes you to poor results or even burnout. To address this, threat intelligence platforms are able to process these huge sources of threat data, to produce only relevant and actionable intelligence, and thus support proactive security decision-making.

The three pillars of a threat intelligence strategy

To define its threat intelligence strategy and support proactive intelligence analysis, a company rarely has the necessary expertise, time or resources. However, collecting and monitoring various sources of information makes it possible to detect relevant threat indicators. This can include things like leaking company credentials, mentions of its products on the dark web, or looking up typosquats of its brands in domain name registrations. This type of intelligence helps inform IT about password resets, phishing by email targeting employees, and to expedite the verification of potential security incidents.

Integrating threat intelligence with existing security monitoring technologies reduces alert fatigue, automatically enriches metrics, and accelerates incident response. Good intelligence helps prioritize important alerts more quickly, enriches indicators from internal sources from the outside, and adds context to understand tactical, operational, and strategic viewpoints. This implies that the intelligence is contextualized, provided in real time via an API and readable by a machine with which the APIs can work.

Analysis is then needed to proactively identify emerging threats and take a closer look at the risks to the company, its industry and its suppliers. The CISO must be able to go beyond discovering new threats and delivering strategic value. They then move from a constantly reactive mode in the management of fires to a more serene proactivity in the identification, hunting and prevention of threats. They are thus equipped to ward 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 involvement of a technology partner expert in threat intelligence helps to enrich an initial strategy over time by identifying new business-critical use cases. This is how the implementation of proactive measures is built to confuse adversaries and ensure the security of people, systems and infrastructures.

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Integrate threat intelligence into your security strategy

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