Integrate Threat Intelligence Into Your Security Operations

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A poorly structured intelligence program or the lack of one can result in:

  • A lack of situational awareness, leaving the organization vulnerable to threats.
  • A wasted investment.
  • False positives that misdirect management and organizational efforts.

A formalized threat intelligence program can help:

  • Improve effectiveness of internal defense controls such as SIEM, NGFWs, IPSs, SWGs, anti-malware, and anti-spam packages.
  • Increase operational efficiency in terms of asset management, human capital management, etc.
  • Reduce probability of breaches while improving internal network defences.
  • Improve standardization of data collection, analysis, and publication.
  • Increase accountability.
  • Enhance overall security posture.

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Module 1: Plan the Threat Intelligence Implementation Process

The Purpose

  • Assess current capabilities and define an ideal target state.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Develop a structured implementation roadmap that accounts for changes in people, processes, and technology.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Understand the basics of threat intelligence.
1.2 Assess your organization’s current threat landscape.
  • Defined Risk Tolerance Level
1.3 Map out your organization’s ideal target state.
  • Security Maturity Assessment
1.4 Establish your case to management for a threat intelligence program.
  • A Threat Intelligence Project Charter
  • Formalized Stakeholder Support
1.5 Satisfy organizational gaps with the appropriate threat intelligence team.
  • Assigned Project Responsibilities
1.6 Strategically map out your threat intelligence process.
  • Threat Intelligence Policies and Management Guide

Module 2: Design an Intelligence Collection Strategy

The Purpose

  • Design a threat intelligence collection strategy that best supports your organizational needs.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understand the various collection strategies and methodologies.
  • Aggregate reliable, credible, and actionable data.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Design a threat intelligence collection strategy.
  • Formalized collection strategy.
2.2 Normalize intelligence by adopting industry-recommended standards and languages.
  • Clarification on intelligence standards.
2.3 Understand the different collection solutions to identify which best supports your needs.
  • An evaluation of the various intelligence collection methods.
2.4 Ensure your collection methods produce actionable data.
  • Method to evaluate the credibility of gathered intelligence.

Module 3: Optimize the Intelligence Analysis Process

The Purpose

  • Understand the threat intelligence analysis process and responsibilities.
  • Identify how to optimize the analysis and action processes.
  • Identify how to integrate intelligence within your security operations.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Leverage multiple schools of thought for your analysis process.
  • Automate and optimize the analysis process.
  • Clarify the intelligence escalation process with runbooks to eliminate ambiguities and streamline the process.
  • Store and share valuable intelligence across the organization.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Understand the threat intelligence analysis process and responsibilities.
  • Understanding of threat intelligence analysis processes
3.2 Optimize the analysis process to increase operational efficiency.
  • A plan to automate analysis process
3.3 Act on the gathered intelligence.
  • A plan to ingest IOCs and defined escalation protocols
3.4 Develop top-priority intelligence runbooks.
  • A prioritized list of runbooks
3.5 Establish a comprehensive threat knowledge portal.
  • An established central knowledge portal

Module 4: Design a Collaboration and Feedback Program

The Purpose

Stand up an intelligence dissemination program.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Create valuable intelligence reports, alerts, and briefings.
  • Promote continuous improvement through simulated response exercises.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Understand the value of intelligence dissemination.
  • Understanding of the benefits of intelligence dissemination.
4.2 Begin producing actionable intelligence alerts, reports, and briefings.
  • A collaboration and feedback cycle.
4.3 Develop a continuous improvement cycle.
  • A plan for continuous improvement.
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