Threat Intelligence

According to CERT-UK, Cyber Threat Intelligence is an "elusive" concept. Cyber Threat Intelligence is based on the collection of intelligence using open source intelligence (OSINT), social media intelligence (SOCMINT), human Intelligence (HUMINT), technical intelligence or intelligence from the deep and dark web. Cyber Threat Intelligence's key mission is to research and analyze trends and technical developments in three areas: -

  • Cybercrime

  • Hactivism

  • Cyberespionage (advanced persistent threat, APT or Cyber spying)

Benefits of tactical cyber intelligence: -

  • Provides context and relevance to a large amount of data

  • Empowers organizations to develop a proactive cybersecurity posture and to bolster overall risk management policies

  • Informs better decision-making during and following the detection of a cyber intrusion

  • Drives momentum toward a cybersecurity posture that is predictive, not just reactive

  • Enables improved detection of advanced threats


Challenges and Controversies on the value of cyber threat intelligence: -
There are also challenges that cyber threat intelligence research is facing, including some controversies on the value of threat intelligence and whether it really works. Different experts have voiced their concerns on whether Threat Intelligence is really effective in its current state. Conversely, others have argued that Threat Intelligence can help identify vulnerabilities and ways to resolve them.



Key Elements: -
Cyber threat data or information with the following key elements are considered as cyber threat intelligence:


  • Evidence based: cyber threat evidence may be obtained from malware analysis to be sure the threat is valid

  • Utility: there needs to have some utility for organization to have a positive impact on security incidents

  • Actionable: the gained cyber threat intelligence should drive security control action, not only data or information

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