With the advancements in data reporting gleaned from security information and event management (SIEM) tools and adjacent solutions, every security team today can face information overload and paralysis. To gain clarity within this murk, the practice of threat analysis has emerged and continues to evolve with time. With it, security professionals can find and fix the most pressing issues among the incidents reported daily.
Noisy vulnerability management tools can generate too many tasks. Poorly tuned threat intelligence systems may not filter signal from noise and provide too much data that can keep teams occupied with repeated, low-value tasks. The dozens of point security solutions require specific knowledge and mastery, which takes time to achieve and maintain. Add the ongoing shift from a perimeter defense mindset toward compliance and risk-based approaches. It becomes clear why teams find it harder than ever to focus efforts on threats that can generate the worst impact.
Threat Analysis: Past, Present and Future
Businesses and governments have analyzed threats to find and sort potential risks. The basic questions of threat analysis remain the same:
Impact — How much harm could be caused?
Motivation — Who is behind the threat?
Probability — What capability does the threat actor have to deliver an attack?
Skills — How serious is the threat, and what is the objective?
The more attacks and data there are, the harder it becomes to answer these questions quickly. While SIEM cybersecurity can be a benefit, it can also make this problem worse.
Cyber Threat Actors
With the rise of IT networks and the internet, threats to businesses and other entities have moved into cyberspace. In the past five years, sources of cyber threats have rapidly evolved.< ..