Many organizations invest in threat information services such as reputation or signature feeds to enhance their security posture and stay updated on recent attacker targets, tactics and technologies.
While these investments allow organizations to react to previously seen methods and tactics, they don’t truly keep them ahead of attackers. In many situations, security teams still end up one step behind.
Even when teams do have access to more forward-looking threat resources, they can still struggle to apply it across their organization effectively and quickly.
What It Takes to Truly Stay Ahead of Threats
Enabling a forward-looking cyber security approach that can quickly implement new protections and changes requires that organizations pursue two key capabilities:
- Threat intelligence practices built on actionable expert forecasts and insights. Threat information reports are valuable—but an organization is better served by intelligence reports that bring together data from a variety of places, including researchers and products in the field, to make forecasts and deliver deeper insights. Relying on thorough predictive analysis empowers organizations to understand where trends are going and what attackers are likely to do next.
- Strategic implementation practices that can put intelligence into action rapidly. Security teams need to be able to quickly apply threat intelligence across workflows, technologies and infrastructure.
Why an Intelligence-to-Action Approach is Critical
Aligning security operations with the Intelligence-to-Action framework provides several benefits to an organization:
- Know your threat profile more intimately: The wide net cast by many threat information services is not specific to one business. True threat intelligence helps organizations understand the unique risks to their business and what is actually relevant.
- Operationalize faster: The right capabilities investments allow organizations to efficiently ingest intelligence information—and put it into practice before circumstances change or vulnerabilities are exposed.
- Become less reactive: Better anticipate threat actors’ new tactics and motivations by relying on expert forecasts.
- Optimize your security spend: Investing in intelligence and implementation capabilities in tandem maximizes each one’s value and facilitates cost-effective protection.
While the benefits are impressive, it’s important to keep in mind that there are varying levels of intelligence-led security maturity.
Organizations may already have investments in place, or they could be entirely new to threat information or intelligence services. Regardless, reaching the highest level of Intelligence-to-Action sophistication doesn’t happen overnight. It’s an evolutionary process.
Get Key Considerations for Enabling an Intelligence-to-Action Approach
FireEye and our partners at Sirius have prepared resources that detail the benefits of adopting the Intelligence-to-Action approach. To learn more:
- Attend our live webinar on April 28.
- Get an advanced copy of our white paper, Intelligence to Action: Selecting the Right Partners for Intelligence-Led Cyber Security, when you attend the webinar.
If you’re considering a threat intelligence investment, having trouble measuring intelligence effectiveness or struggling to get more out of your investment, be sure to join us.