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Cyber threat intelligence

How is cyber threat intelligence used?

Cyber threat intelligence, sometimes referred to as CTI, is used to enhance an organization’s security posture by informing decision-makers about emerging threats and vulnerabilities. It aids in:

  • Identifying potential security threats and vulnerabilities
  • Enhancing incident response and decision-making processes
  • Improving security awareness and training
  • Informing the development and implementation of security policies and protocols
  • Enhancing the effectiveness of security tools and technologies

Who uses cyber threat intelligence?

Cyber threat intelligence adds value across the security team:

  • SOC teams use threat intelligence to monitor, detect, and respond to security incidents in real-time.
  • Cyber threat intelligence is used for third-party risk management to assess and mitigate risks associated with vendors and partners.
  • CISOs leverage cyber threat intelligence to inform strategic decision-making and enhance overall security posture.

What are the types of cyber threat intelligence?

There are three main types of cyber threat intelligence:

  • Tactical intelligence focuses on understanding the specific tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) of various threat actors.
  • Operational intelligence uses collected data and information to adequately respond to a cyber incident in progress.
  • Strategic intelligence seeks to improve long-term decision-making regarding emerging threats and the evolving threat landscape.

What is the difference between cyber threat intelligence and SpyCloud’s Cybercrime Analytics?

Cyber threat intelligence mainly gathers publicly available data and information to be used in threat hunting. It delivers broad context about the threat landscape, but is less focused on specific, actionable information to stop threats to a particular enterprise and its users.  Cybercrime Analytics from SpyCloud is a generational step forward in threat intelligence: continuously delivering specific, actionable data from the deepest layers of the dark web, providing the most up-to-date and actionable information that criminals are using to target your business via account takeover, ransomware, session hijacking, and other attacks.

How to implement cyber threat intelligence into a cybersecurity program

There are six key steps in implementing cyber threat intelligence into your cybersecurity program:

  1. Identify objectives: Determine the specific goals and objectives of integrating cyber threat intelligence.
  2. Select sources: Choose reliable sources of threat intelligence.
  3. Analyze data: Utilize tools and technologies to analyze and interpret data.
  4. Disseminate information: Share intelligence insights with relevant stakeholders.
  5. Take action: Implement measures to mitigate identified threats and vulnerabilities.
  6. Review and improve: Continuously assess the effectiveness of cyber threat intelligence and make necessary improvements.

What is the difference between a cyber threat intelligence platform, solution, and feed?

Platform: A comprehensive system that provides tools and features for collecting, analyzing, and managing cyber threat intelligence.

Solution: Specific tools or services designed to address particular aspects of cyber threat intelligence, such as analysis or dissemination for security professionals to help determine threat attribution.

Feed: A stream of real-time data related to cyber threats, often provided by third-party sources.

How does SpyCloud help organizations gain insights into cyber threat intelligence?

SpyCloud’s Cybercrime Analytics provides a modern cyber threat intelligence approach that continuously makes raw data from the darknet actionable at a massive scale. SpyCloud swiftly recaptures exposed authentication data, offering enterprises automated insights and remediation for compromised credentials and session cookies of malware victims and data breach victims. This timely next-generation intelligence empowers organizations to bolster their defenses, preemptively mitigating the risks of account takeover, identity theft, and online fraud before criminals can exploit the stolen data.

Curated digital identity data recaptured from the criminal underground also delivers valuable perspective into threat actors’ identities, behavior, campaigns, infrastructure, and patterns of life – streamlining CTI teams’ and analysts’ efforts to investigate the actors behind cybercrimes affecting individuals and businesses.

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