Threat Intelligence: Why It's Needed

Threat Intelligence is like any other form of intelligence—if you have contextually relevant, timely information, you’re at an advantage. The advantage in this case is the ability to identify the adversary, a threat actor, a campaign, or a cyber attack.

Until recently, security groups within an organization would rely on the on-premise security solutions to harden their defenses against cyber threats. With breaches against large entertainment, retail, and healthcare corporations, it is clear that internally-focused defenses alone are not sufficient. The ability of these defenses needs to be expanded and enhanced to detect and act on a threats that can potentially target your business and infrastructure. You need the threat intelligence advantage.

The Value of Threat Intelligence

Investing in threat intelligence is fast becoming a necessity that organizations are taking seriously. The value of threat intelligence is realized every time.

  • Financial losses are prevented
  • IT staffing resources are efficiently utilized
  • Informed decisions about investing infrastructure and your business are made

Preventing Financial Losses

Every time you are able make an informed decision in a timely manner, you prevent system downtime, thwart the theft of confidential data, protect your intellectual property, and save your organization’s reputation and customers. Not only would these incidents costs your organization upfront, but the post-incident remediation and restoration costs can run in the millions of dollars.

Efficiently Utilizing IT Resources

Generating threat intelligence is a time consuming and resource intensive process. Most organizations, do not have the staffing resources required to generate contextually relevant, in time, intelligence. Instead of engaging internal resources to organically generate this intelligence, leveraging platforms that are designed to automatically generate and integrate this intelligence in an organizations’ infrastructure can free up the staffing resources for other needs—saving an organization hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Investing Wisely in your Infrastructure

Threat intelligence helps you make informed decisions about investing in your infrastructure and business. For example, when you notice an increase in the number of outgoing Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) connections from a specific geographic location of your organization’s office, you can focus on investing in a tool to counter the issue.