May 26, 2016
Joe Franscella

The Threat Intelligence Tools Your Business Needs

<p>Your business needs professional-grade cyber security regardless of size. Threat intelligence tools are not created equally. It is paramount to select the appropriate level of protection about the value of your data and the likelihood it can come under attack. Even small businesses need protection. Recent <a href="" target="_blank">studies show 75% of professionals</a> polled believed cyber threat management to be critical to enterprise security. Of those, 69% reported they are currently using such applications.</p><p>A combination of passive and pro-active tools can work together. Threat intelligence software uses complex means to gather and make sense of online traffic in anticipation of an attack. Developers have worked continuously over the last few decades to design threat intelligence tools able to identify and respond to cyber-threats. These programs begin by <a href="">cataloging information</a> about the identities, motivations, characteristics, and methods of attackers. This knowledge is put in context against real-time activity to identify invasive behavior with evidence-based knowledge.</p><p><a href="">Security analysts</a> must understand how cyber criminals operate. Developers innovating threat intelligence tools must stay abreast of new tactics like social intelligence or command and control (C&C) servers all while continuing the war against the earlier methods. Scanning for bots, suspicious IP addresses or classic malware programs is an enormous undertaking despite a tendency to characterize older threats as rudimentary. Understanding which problems are random and which are planned is an important part of guarding against future threats. The best threat intelligence tools help you distinguish different levels of threat.</p><p>Threat intelligence tools must be sophisticated enough to meet your individual needs. Alert customization allows the most advanced tools to be tailored to suit your network. Threat alerts should be informative, not just alarming. When your data is under attack, you may have questions you hadn’t thought to ask: was this a random virus or is this personal? In the event of an attack, you may be somewhat reassured to discover if your data is the object of someone’s desire or if your network was simply unlucky.</p><p>Secure company email will empower your employees to communicate safely. Personal email and mobile data create countless vulnerability. It is possible to block all non-professional traffic however that may push employee activity into the shadows and outside the discussion of policy. The reality of today’s always-connected pace is that your staff will be sorely inconvenienced if they cannot get any outside messages during work hours. Tomorrow’s workforce is comprised of <a href="" target="_blank">digital natives</a> who feel that accessing their messages on break is paramount to their dignity. Employees, particularly parents, have a genuine need to be reachable.</p><p>Accommodate realistic staff needs with fair yet firm policies, such as allowing staff to send messages to family using their secure email, or relegating all personal traffic to a separate network. Distractions in the workplace did not begin with the advent of the social network, and the wisdom of keeping employees on-task still works with an accommodating personal Internet use policy.</p><p>Cyber <a href="" target="_blank">threat management will continue to grow</a> exponentially as does the criminal climate driving it. Threat intelligence tools will be of increasing importance as we move into the future. As data moves into more aspects of our lives, we must continue to guard against greedy or malicious attackers. Protecting our privacy and our intellectual property may soon become a top priority.</p><p>Download the Security Intelligence and Information Sharing Strategy whitepaper and learn more about the new approach to threat intelligence using trusted collaboration.</p><p><span class="hs-cta-wrapper" id="hs-cta-wrapper-79cc3352-61a2-44b7-8b7c-6f25d759918c"><span class="hs-cta-node hs-cta-79cc3352-61a2-44b7-8b7c-6f25d759918c" data-hs-drop="true" id="hs-cta-79cc3352-61a2-44b7-8b7c-6f25d759918c" style="visibility: visible; display: block; text-align: center;"><a class="cta_button " cta_dest_link="{page_3458}" href="" id="cta_button_458120_4f082f1c-a704-4df4-a627-a030c2f8e351" style="margin: 20px auto;" target="_blank" title="Download Here">Download Here </a> </span> <script charset="utf-8" src=""></script> <script type="text/javascript">hbspt.cta.load(458120, '79cc3352-61a2-44b7-8b7c-6f25d759918c', {});</script> </span></p>

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