Cyber Threat Intelligence, more than a requirement today – An overview of the threat landscape

An expanding horizon of cyber threats and risks like phishing, zero-day vulnerabilities, data breaches, and insider threats, is the key factor driving the development of the global cyber threat intelligence market. Moreover, expanding interests in R&D exercises for improved threat intelligence security solutions by a few associations and growing government sustenance for the advancement of cutting edge threat intelligence security solutions are projected to open novel opportunities for the growth of the market. Nonetheless, significant expenses associated with the execution of threat intelligence solution is expected to impede the market development during the estimated time frame. Crowdstrike defines threat intelligence as the data that is collected, processed, and analyzed to understand a threat actor’s motives, targets, and attack behaviors. Threat intelligence enables us to make faster, more informed, data-backed security decisions and change their behavior from reactive to proactive in the fight against threat actors.

In the realm of network security, APTs and defenders are continually attempting to outsmart one another. Organizations are progressively perceiving the estimation of the threat landscape, with 72% wanting to expand threat intelligence spending in impending quarters. Be that as it may, there is a contrast between perceiving esteem and accepting worth. Most associations today are zeroing in their endeavors on just the most fundamental use cases, for example, incorporating threat intelligence with existing organization, IPS, firewalls, and SIEMs — without exploiting the experiences that insight can offer. Threat intelligence profits associations, all things considered, by aiding threat data to more readily comprehend their attackers, react quicker to incidents and breaches, and proactively stretch out beyond an attackers’ best course of action. Then again, organizations with huge security groups can lessen the expense and required abilities by utilizing external threat intel and make their experts more viable. [Reference]

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The process is a cycle since it recognizes knowledge holes, unanswered inquiries, which stimulates new collection prerequisites, in this manner restarting the cycle. Threat intelligence investigators and purchasers decide knowledge gaps during the spread and re-assessment stage.  In cyber threat intelligence, analysis often hinges on the triad of actors, intent, and capability, with consideration given to their tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs), motivations, and access to the intended targets. By studying this triad it is often possible to make informed, forward-leaning strategic, operational, and tactical assessments. [Reference]

Security operations team are regularly unable to handle the alarms they get — threat intelligence coordinates with the security solutions as of now, helping naturally focus on and channel cautions and different threats. Vulnerability management can all the more precisely focus on the main vulnerabilities with access to the external bits of knowledge and context given by threat intel. What’s more is, fraud prevention, risk analysis, and other high-level security processes are enriched by the understanding of the current threat landscape that threat intelligence provides, including key insights on threat actors, their tactics, techniques, and procedures, and more from data sources across the web. [Reference]

Cyber threat intelligence has demonstrated gainful to each degree of state, local tribal and territorial, (SLTT) government elements from senior heads, like Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), police bosses, and strategy creators, to those in the field, for example, information technology specialists and law enforcement officers. Additionally, it offers some benefit for different specialists also, for example, security officials, accountants, and psychological warfare and criminal experts. Appropriately applied CTI can give more noteworthy understanding into digital threat landscape, considering a quicker, more focused on reaction just as asset improvement and distribution.  It can provide transparency into the threat environments of the third parties you work with, providing real-time alerts on threats and changes to their risks and giving you the context you need to evaluate your relationships.

Article by Kaushik Sundararajan

I am a security professional specializing in network security. With vivid experience in different industries, I am looking to explore the current cyberspace and discuss the ideology of certain ideas from a different perspective.

Published by The Art of Cyber-Space

I am a security professional specializing in network security. With vivid experience in different industries, I am looking to explore the current cyberspace and discuss the ideology of certain ideas from a different perspective.

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