How Cyber Threat Intelligence Analysis Can Keep Your Business Secure

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As the technology businesses use to remain competitive become more sophisticated, so do the tools employed by cybercriminals. Staying ahead of these criminals means that a vigilant and modern approach to cybersecurity is a necessary component of any present-day business model.

Thinking like an Intelligence Agency Antivirus software, firewalls, and strong safety protocol, like two-step authenticity, can serve as the first bulwark of defense against cyber-threats, but they aren’t enough to keep your business safe. Federal intelligence agencies have long operated on the principle that knowledge is power and that combating a threat means being aware of the players and their motives. Businesses are beginning to incorporate a similar philosophy in the form of threat intelligence analysis. It takes two basic forms.

Operational Intelligence is the data collection and analysis that’s performed entirely by computers. This often takes the form of intelligent software and network protocol that’s designed to identify the signs of a cyber-threat before it occurs, prevent it, and, hopefully, trace it to its source. This can take the form of protocol that automatically detects a distributed denial of service attack.

Operational intelligence comes with a number of advantages. Since it’s overseen directly by computers, it can remain functioning at all times, and the quick computational capabilities of computers mean that they can identify a risk far quicker than human eyes. But, the limited intelligence of these operations means that they’re narrower and less creative in scope.

Strategic Intelligence, or that performed by human analysts, is more lateral and flexible in scope, since it can draw on the improvisational thinking of analysts who can understand the larger picture in far more nuanced terms. This approach to treating intelligence analysis typically takes into account every aspect of the business model, addressing the needs of clients, vendors, and employees, as well as targets like software and network infrastructure. They tend to focus more squarely on the big picture, putting together a comprehensive analysis of systems, identifying potential targets of attack, and employing safeguards and operational procedures to minimize the risk involved.

While internal threats or those perpetrated intentionally by someone inside your organization are a real risk, external threats constitute the clearest and present danger to a business’ infrastructure. The risks here are varied. Zero-day threats are potential flaws in software or firmware that exist from the beginning and are, currently, unknown to the business and could be exploited by an outside party. Something that is just as compromising are advanced persistent threats, in which an attacker infiltrates a network and stays there undetected, gathering information without the knowledge of security analysts.

But, criminals rely as much on human error as they do on clever malice. A 2017 report determined that two-thirds of malware breaches can be traced back to phishing scams. These are incidences where hackers trick unwitting employees into allowing criminals to access their company’s computer systems. That’s why education is one of the most important policies in threat analysis. Training employees on the most common methods of attacks and conditioning them to follow proper protocol can serve as one of the most effective methods for preventing successful attacks.

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