Most enterprises are using some form of cyber security to protect their equipment and web-based assets. It’s no wonder why, considering that 60% of SMEs fail the year following a data breach. There is a faction of businesses who are altogether unprotected, however here we address the businesses using only out of the box SIEM and firewall technologies. Intelligence puts events into context.
Comparing evidence based threat intelligence to firewall log and other simple alerts is like comparing the meter on an electric fence to a panel of security monitors. Security applications such as SIEM and anti-malware rely on definitions and bad IP lists that must be in place ahead of the would-be virus or directed attack. These platforms are only effective for threats which have been identified and addressed via a patch, blacklisting, etc. and only if the update has been installed currently on your end. That is unless your SIEM and anti-malware can be enhanced by the benefit real-time threat intelligence.
Threat intelligence is a next level use of the data those tools collect. Such as ads and links in your social feeds “know” what you’re apt to read or buy, a threat intelligence platform is configured to identify known suspicious human behaviors within this environment. These other sorts of threats, Indicators of Compromise, are not singularly incriminating actions, rather behaviors and/or patterns which have been agreed upon by experts to be “tells” of enemy actions.
Your own system will draw in data from all facets; from email and local network to critical cloud files into one central application. Your security team can work with risk management personnel to define your own lists of probable threat actors. Every threat intelligence program is as unique as your files, web domain, and users.
Understanding what hackers are after can allow you to be better prepared for specific attacks against those assets, be they attempts to steal the data or sabotage it altogether. Being prepared will reduce your down-time in the event of an actual attack. This impedes operation which can cost an e-commerce site more and more business every minute the site is down. For other types of organizations, it is a great embarrassment.
Taking a proactive stance against hackers and the enemies who use their services is an obvious argument for using a threat intelligence platform to look for unusual activity. Don’t wait until after the fact to discover the Indicators of Compromise were there all along.
The ways in which threat intelligence will be of use to you are yet to be determined. You must see for yourself what sorts of unusual behavior is taking place, hidden in plain sight. There may be a user logging in from afar or “phishy” messages dispatched to email accounts as you read this. At the end of the day, you don’t know what you don’t know. You can’t know what’s lurking in your logs until you take a peek. Why wait to start finding actionable intelligence in your network traffic when the tools are available?
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