A cyber-attack not only impact an organization’s reputation, but also their stakeholder confidence, market share, revenue and profit, but could also result legal/regulatory noncompliance and financial penalties. Meanwhile the information that was compromised in now in the hands of Nation State, Advanced Persistent Threat (APT), or other type of criminal groups who is now using it to their advantage or selling it on underground forums. Each group has its own Techniques, Tactics, and Procedures (TTPs) they commonly use exploit vulnerabilities and existing security control flaws within the organization’s network they are targeting allowing them to compromise and exfiltrate confidential information.
In order to anticipate and respond to sophisticated cyber-attacks, organizations must be proactive. Many organizations fail to identify cyber threats, due to the lack of an effective Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) program. CTI helps an organization understand it’s exposure to risk based on the specific cyber threats targeting their industry and more specifically their organization. An effective Cyber Threat Intelligence Program has both a Tactical, and Strategical component. The Tactical side of Threat Intelligence involves leveraging known Indicators of Compromise (IOC’s), and offering strategic recommendations to enhance the organization security posture against known threats. As for the Strategic side of Threat Intelligence involves the assessment of valuable information from various sources that can helps guide an organizations ability to make important business-related decisions.
In order for an Threat Intelligence program to be successful it must provide the following:
- Accurate Intelligence - describes the activates of threats currently being observed.
- Actionable Intelligence – identified what can be done to learn more about the activities of a known threat or actor, as well as prevent or mitigate the threats they are associated with.
- Relevant Intelligence – describes the impact an identified threat could pose on an organization, and how they could be targeted.
- Timely Intelligence – Intelligence products must be delivered in a timely manner to ensure the risk of potential threats are effectively communicated, and preventative measure can be taken before an incident occurs.
InfoTransec can develop a Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) program, to provide your organization with actionable and strategic Cyber Threat Intelligence based on the risks and threats your organization is exposed to. This knowledge plays a significant role to empower organizations in taking proactive steps to enhance their security posture towards these threats.
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