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Integrate Threat Intelligence Into Your Security Operations

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  • Josh Lefkowitz, CEO, Flashpoint
  • Tom Knickerbocker, Global Head Cyber Intelligence, Financial Services
  • Chris Camacho, Cofounder & Chief Executive Officer, NinjaJobs
  • Anthony Vitello, Senior Vice President Global Information Security, Citigroup
  • John LaCour, CEO PhishLabs, Cyber Security
  • Jeff Combs, Recruitment Leader, Cyber Security
  • Andrew Richardson, Associate Director, EY
  • 8 Senior Executives in the financial services, computer network and security, and telecommunications industry
  • Organizations have limited visibility into their threat landscape, and as such are vulnerable to the latest attacks, hindering business practices, workflow, revenue generation, and damaging their public image.
  • Organizations are developing ad hoc intelligence capabilities that result in operational inefficiencies, the misalignment of resources, and the misuse of their security technology investments.
  • It is difficult to communicate the value of a threat intelligence solution when trying to secure organizational buy-in and the appropriate resourcing.
  • There is a vast array of “intelligence” in varying formats, often resulting in information overload.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  1. Information alone is not actionable. A successful threat intelligence program contextualizes threat data, aligns intelligence with business objectives, and then builds processes to satisfy those objectives.
  2. Your security controls are diminishing in value (if they haven’t already). As technology in the industry evolves, threat actors will inevitably adopt new tools, tactics, and procedures; a threat intelligence program can provide relevant situational awareness to stay on top of the rapidly-evolving threat landscape.
  3. Your organization might not be the final target, but it could be a primary path for attackers. If you exist as a third-party partner to another organization, your responsibility in your technology ecosystem extends beyond your own product/service offerings. Threat intelligence provides visibility into the latest threats, which can help you avoid becoming a backdoor in the next big data breach.

Impact and Result

  • Assess the needs and intelligence requirements of key stakeholders.
  • Garner organizational buy-in from senior management.
  • Identify organizational intelligence gaps and structure your efforts accordingly.
  • Understand the different collection solutions to identify which best supports your needs.
  • Optimize the analysis process by leveraging automation and industry best practices.
  • Establish a comprehensive threat knowledge portal.
  • Define critical threat escalation protocol.
  • Produce and share actionable intelligence with your constituency.
  • Create a deployment strategy to roll out the threat intelligence program.
  • Integrate threat intelligence within your security operations.

Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should implement a threat intelligence program, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

2. Design an intelligence collection strategy

Understand the different collection solutions to identify which best supports needs.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is an eight call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - Plan for a threat intelligence program

Call #1 - Project kick-off call
Call #2 - Plan your ideal target state

Guided Implementation #2 - Design an intelligence collection strategy

Call #1 - Conduct organizational intelligence needs assessment
Call #2 - Map internal/external data sourcing to intelligence needs

Guided Implementation #3 - Optimize the intelligence analysis process

Call #1 - Optimize your analysis process
Call #2 - Develop an intelligence action plan

Guided Implementation #4 - Design a collaboration and feedback program

Call #1 - Design an intelligence collaboration plan
Call #2 - Facilitate delivery of the cyber attack simulation

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