Climbing the Threat Intelligence Maturity Curve

Creating a Successful Threat Intelligence Program

Cyber threats are relentless and constantly evolving. Staying ahead requires advanced automation and a holistic threat intelligence program (TIP), which lead to a strategic advantage. There are three main pillars to help your organization advance up the maturity curve: people, process, and technology. 

People: Identify stakeholders for reporting and feedback in mapping out a process that will effectively channel intelligence. 

Process: Processes that take threat intelligence to a more strategic level must be developed and agreed upon cross-functionally.

Technology: The technology used should deliver on the processes outlined to ensure it supports organizational goals.  

Climbing the Threat Intel Maturity Curve

While all organizations are at a unique level of development in their threat intelligence program, take general steps to determine where you are now and what is needed to evolve your program.

Threat Data Collection

Raw data collection is the beginning of any intelligence-gathering process. The relevancy of the data is critical, coming from external and internal sources, including open source and commercial threat intelligence feeds. External data may include reports on IoCs (e.g., ISACs, Dark Web, vendors, clients, etc.) relevant to organizational vulnerabilities. Internal data is just as necessary as it informs intelligence with business-specific threats. Even at the beginning stage of a program, feedback from internal teams that have experienced a security incident should inform threat intelligence feeds to ensure they are relevant to the business.  

Threat Data Processing

Processing or curating the data of relevant threats based on the complete environment is the next stage of development. Even w ..

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