What is cyber threat intelligence?
This basic knowledge of cyber threats is known as Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI). With CTI, organizations try to better understand and anticipate the actions of attackers, whether they are criminal groups, hacking operatives or nation states, and better protect their IT systems based on this information. Constant collection and evaluation of threat data is essential because cybercriminals are constantly improving their skills and arsenal of malware.
The information typically collected and evaluated as part of a CTI includes, among other things, technical information such as IP addresses and file names that can help identify attackers, as well as details about the attackers’ motives or skills, including their tools, techniques, and procedures.
To be considered relevant to cyber defense, threat statements must be evidence-based, have a positive impact on the outcome of a security incident, and lead to concrete actionable actions.
Sources of security-related information are varied and range from empirical values from past incidents to public warnings from government agencies and data from the dark web. In addition, there are commercial threat feeds, information from social media, testimonies from people (eg from the attackers themselves) and device logs.
What does CTI Professional offer?
The data obtained through CTI enables companies, government agencies, and other organizations to develop a proactive and robust cybersecurity strategy. At the same time, general risk management as well as cybersecurity guidelines and individual security measures can be strengthened.
Thanks to CTI, IT managers can quickly and reliably identify risks and threats, prioritize them and initiate effective countermeasures. Executive level members receive an overview of the threat situation, understand the risks to their organization and learn about options to reduce the impact of cyberattacks and other security incidents.
As CTI and all related knowledge is constantly being exchanged, cybersecurity professionals and researchers as well as business and society benefit in this way. Thus, cybercriminals face a wide front of defenders and countermeasures.
The importance of CTI for 8com
Information on current threats and developments in the field of cybersecurity is also of great importance to the work of the security professionals at 8com’s Security Operations Center (SOC). It helps us to reliably predict attack scenarios and respond in time by initiating optimal protection measures. To manage vulnerabilities, for example, we not only rely on our professional technology partners, but collect data from a variety of sources. These include current official reports, industry news websites, and social networks. The information obtained in this way is then evaluated by our experienced SOC operators in order to identify vulnerabilities that attackers can actually exploit – in some cases even before a formal assessment of severity has been conducted.
Making the CTI public is an important prerequisite for success in combating cybercrime, particularly with regard to security gaps. For affected software and hardware manufacturers, this initially means bad publicity when vulnerabilities in their products become known. But the sooner we and other cybersecurity companies find out, the faster we can respond and protect our customers from harm.