SANS Report: Why Organizations Need Tailored Cyber Threat Intelligence

As cyber attacks continue to grow in size, scope and complexity, organizations across the world are forced to find new ways to protect themselves and mitigate these cyber threats. This has given rise to many Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) solutions and services, which all serve the purpose of helping organizations identify and mitigate new cyber threats. However, each solution has its unique benefits and challenges that organizations need to consider before they begin using.

The Challenge with Cyber Threat Intelligence

CTI can be considered a double-edged sword. While the information is critical to managing risk and detecting attacks, it can also be incredibly overwhelming to manage due to the sheer size of the cyber threat landscape.

As new attack tools, techniques and procedures (TTPs) are developed, organizations get barraged with alerts, new vulnerabilities and IOCs that make it very difficult to understand what threats are relevant to their specific organization and which should be prioritized.

In addition, most CTI solutions rely on Indicators of Compromise (IOCs). The problem here is that something must be compromised before an alert can be generated. As a result, cyber security teams are often forced to react to attacks that may already be in progress, rather than anticipating attacks that are in the planning phase.

What To Look For in a CTI Solution

Instead of ingesting generic threat feeds and alerts, organizations should look for a solution that provides cyber threat intelligence with the following characteristics:

  1. Tailored - Every organization has its own unique assets, risk areas and priorities. Therefore, they can’t treat every alert the same. Your CTI solution should use your unique company assets (domains, IPs, brand names, team members etc.) to provide threat alerts that are most important and relevant to your organization and industry.
  2. Proactive - Rather than waiting for a network or environment to be compromised, cyber teams need help anticipating attacks. This can be done by monitoring chatter and hacker activity across the Deep, Dark and Surface web to identify Indicators of Attack (IOA), rather than using Indicators of Compromise (IOC).
  3. Prioritized - Security teams already have a lot to deal with. Therefore, they shouldn’t be responsible for connecting the dots between different alerts, vulnerabilities and threat feeds. Security teams need help prioritizing which threats pose the largest risk.
  4. Actionable - After identifying a relevant and specific threat, you need to take action. A CTI solution should allow you to automate mitigation tasks and easily remove threats found across the Deep, Dark and Surface web. This will help your team work more efficiently and reduce the time to threat mitigation.

SANS Product Review: Tailoring Intelligence for Automated Response

SANS recently completed a functional Product Review of the IntSights Enterprise Threat Intelligence and Mitigation Platform to understand how we help organizations manage cyber threats by providing alerts tailored to their specific environments and key company assets.

If your organization is suffering from “information overload” and needs help managing your various sources of threat intelligence, check out the SANS Product Review to learn how IntSights may be able to help.

SANS Product Review: Tailoring Intelligence for Automated Response

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