May 20, 2016
Joe Franscella

4 Traits To Look For In Cyber Intelligence Companies

<p>Online security is more important than ever. Enterprises of all sizes are increasingly vulnerable to attacks. The security industry is expected to grow exponentially as we head into the future where smarter criminals seek bigger prizes. Threats are moving to a new landscape called <a href="" target="_blank">the Internet of Things</a>: the class of data coming from smart watches, smart cars - basically, smart-everything contributes data to the IoT.</p><p>Business-savvy cyber intelligence companies all promise peace of mind. Some pitches vary in the amount of technical talk against touting ease of use. Based on those claims, how can you compare them? It can be a lot to take in especially when the product descriptions are redundant.</p><p>Objectively looking at cyber intelligence companies and their offerings is the best way to choose reliable cyber threat protection. Consider some simple questions about your needs and current situation. Read these simple points before shopping for an online security service and you will easily be able to tell actual features from general claims. Ask yourself:</p><p><em>Who will be using the product? Do they need help?</em><br/> Support – There may come a time when you need help from a human. Quality customer service and product support can suddenly become a crucial factor in how an attack plays out. If your business does not have a <a href="" target="_blank">dedicated IT security team</a>, vendors with the best customer service reputations belong at the top of your list.</p><p><em>What has this company done <strong>lately</strong>?</em><br/> Innovation – Perpetrators of online attacks are continually looking for new ways to evade detection. Similarly, the best cyber intelligence companies strive to outpace them. When researching threat detection software, evaluate the company’s commitment to developing the most advance threat intelligence tools.</p><p><em>Am I shopping for a turnkey system or customized threat intelligence streams?</em><br/> Options – Cyber intelligence companies offer products to serve different size enterprises from international banks to individual home computer users. In some cases, you may want a service that <a href="">integrates with another system</a>. Like Goldilocks, investing in the scale of threat intelligence services “just right” for your needs should be easy. Threats come in different sizes, too. Consider the sorts of attacks which are typical of similar users and networks. Whether you fear simple malware scripts or targeted large-scale breaches look for a threat intelligence service which fits your needs.</p><p><em>How confident can I be that we will use the intelligence correctly?</em><br/> Precision – <a href="{page_3219}">Accurate threat warnings</a> are necessary for online security plan to be successful. Well-crafted algorithms and up to date intelligence improve accuracy for each indicator of compromise.</p><p>Inaccurate threat intelligence wastes staff time and diminishes confidence in the product. Fewer false positives help your staff respond to possible threats immediately. After too many bad leads, warnings lose their urgency. Soon staff will deprioritize responding to legit warnings or threats may be altogether ignored until it is too late.</p><p>Choosing a cyber-security vendor is the beginning of an important business relationship. It is worth the effort to research a sampling of cyber intelligence companies and evaluate them side by side. <a href="">Contact us</a> if you would like more information about different security products.</p><p>Questions about how to build your own threat intelligence program? 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