Cyber Threat Intelligence Overview
Cyber Threat Intelligence, often abbreviated as Threat Intelligence (TI), is the collection, organization, and analysis of information about potential or actual cyber threats.Using cyber threat intelligence can give organizations early detection of emerging cyber threats before they become widespread. This, in turn, gives organizations the potential to implement additional defenses or at least keep a closer, more watchful eye on vulnerable assets even if there is no current defense available.
Cyber threat intelligence can enable organizations understand emerging threats such as Zero-Day Exploits so as to respond quickly to limit vulnerability. A Zero-Day Exploit is the day on which the targeted party learns of the vulnerability, and for which no mitigation or patch is available. The fewer the days since Day Zero, the higher the chance no fix or mitigation has been developed. Rapid response is everything.
Another area of useful TI is learning about APTs (Advanced Persistent Threats). These are infiltrations in which a person or group gains unauthorized access to a network and remains undetected for an extended period. The "persistent" process suggests that an external command and control system is continuously monitoring and exfiltrating data from a specific target.
Cyber threat intelligence provides enough nuance and detail to enable organizations to, at a minimum, decide to attempt to protect themselves proactively rather than becoming an unknowing victim.
Cyber threat intelligence can be a powerful tool to support an organization's overall defenses. In the cyber world, attackers always have a first move advantage. Cyber intelligence can reduce, or even nullify that advantage.
Quantalytics has implemented MISP (Malware Information Sharing Platform), a Threat Sharing Platform. We have joined the EU’s CIRCL, the EU equivalent of the U.S.’s CERT, in order to obtain a window for our clients on emerging threats hitting the EU before they cross the Atlantic Ocean and hit our customers in North, Central, and South America. Threats include IoT and OT, as well as IT networks. CIRCL’s emerging threat monitoring spans the entire EU.
Access to MISP is by subscription only, using the login below. Please contact us for access details.