4 Simple Steps for an Effective Threat Intelligence Program

4 Simple Steps for an Effective Threat Intelligence Program

Threat intelligence is a critical part of an organization's cybersecurity strategy, but given how quickly the state of cybersecurity evolves, is the traditional model still relevant?

Whether you're a cybersecurity expert or someone who's looking to build a threat intelligence program from the ground up in 2021, this simple framework transforms the traditional model, so it can apply to the current landscape. It relies on the technologies available today and can be implemented in four simple steps.

A quick look at the threat intelligence framework

The framework we'll be referencing here is called the Intelligence Cycle, which breaks down into four phases:

This is the traditional framework you can use to implement a threat intelligence program in your organization. Let's take a deeper look at each step, update them for the modern day, and outline how you can follow them in 2021.

To do this, we'll leverage a use case of credential leakage as an example, which is a very important use case today. According to Verizon's 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report, credentials remain one of the most sought-after data types, and it's this type of data that gets compromised the fastest. As such, credential leakage is an area organizations of all sizes should be aware of and familiar with, making it an optimal choice for illustrating how to build an effective threat intelligence program.

1. Set a direction

The first step in this process is to set the direction of your program, meaning you need to outline what you're looking for and what questions you want to ask and ..

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