Cybercriminals are working overtime. Your security organization needs to stay ahead of threats, understand your organization’s vulnerabilities, and remediate threat events quickly. However, it often takes too long to go through all the external threat feeds and internal security systems. The manual task of sifting through all those threat incidents involves long hours, and often leads to false positives AND false negatives—factors that lead to overwhelming your security team. What if you could take the most laborious tasks, and automate them?
A threat intelligence platform, or TIP, brings your security team the automation it needs. The three key performance functions of a TIP are to:
- Correlate threat indicators
Utilizing those key functions, a TIP aggregates intelligence from various sources, analyzes it, processes it, and then presents it to the team for further analysis—providing actionable threat intel to your team. And since the TIP provides both the context and data of analyzed threats, it gives your team the ability to prevent and take care of threats faster and more effectively.
Process. Deduplicate. Correlate.
A TIP enables your threat intelligence program. By gathering all the threat information into a centralized location, it allows the analyst to take that information, process it, and make it actionable for your organization. This creates a ‘single pane of glass’ scenario for your threat intelligence.
Most organizations have a small team, or even just a single person, that collects the threat data and processes it. How much more efficient would your security team be if you had an entire army of analysts combing through threat data? You likely have several different intelligence sources, and each speaks its own language in regard to risk scoring, what type of threat it is, how active it is, etc. And, with so many different streams of intel, there are bound to be redundant threats. A person can spend a significant amount of time combing through these threats, removing redundancies, scoring risks, and analyzing. A TIP, however, will:
- Collect data from multiple feeds (internal and external)
- Process the data: Remove irrelevant or redundant information, sort it, and compare it with curated information to find patterns and correlations
- Add context to the sorted data: Eliminate false positives, add additional data (network, IP address, blocklists)
- Integrate with existing security tools to maximize information, sending the analyzed threat data to the proper personnel/department
The platform will also analyze common threats in your industry area, allowing you to insert safeguards to stop malicious activity before it happens. The TIP results in your security moving from a reactive space to a proactive space.
In the cybersecurity community, the analysis and sharing of threat intel is invaluable. With a TIP, you can generate our own threat intelligence, and share it with the security community. There is no need to set up the infrastructure, as a TIP is built to assist in the dissemination of information—helping your organization to assist in the proactive prevention of breaches and exposures.
It’s all about gathering data and turning it into operational intelligence!
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A TIP provides insights, saves money, and offers a proactive view into the threat landscape. Cybercriminals may be working overtime, but your team shouldn’t have to. Stay ahead of threats, know the common vulns, and effectively take care of threats with the assistance of a threat intelligence platform.
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