Hackers are intelligent, quick on their feet and always willing to push the envelope when it comes to orchestrating attacks. Why would an enterprise use Information Technology that isn’t intelligent enough to keep up with modern hackers? Threat intelligence is so important when it comes to creating and implementing an IT security plan that shields an enterprise from the dangers of ransomware and other cyber risks. However, enterprises in various industries don’t necessarily have the time or resources to devote to rigorous in-house IT security measures or undertake the costly, time-consuming task of acquiring data regarding the latest threats.
The good news is that they don’t have to. Network administrators and IT security officers can subscribe to threat intelligence services that use serious investigative capabilities and proprietary algorithms to deliver intensive reports about the latest threats.
Gathering Threat Intelligence Information
Cyber threat intelligence companies enable enterprises to utilize the data-gathering capabilities to gain access to target lists that can provide protection to Internet-connected networks and devices. Where does the information on target lists come from? It is gathered from a number of threat-intelligence sources that are both public and proprietary. Sources may include SRI’s Cyber Threat Analytics Project, Internet Identity Inc., the Internet Systems Consortium (ISC), Shadow Server, Abuse.ch, DSHIELD and much more.
The information is then used to create a custom algorithm that identifies bad domains, IP addresses and networks. Users can access information regarding those malicious entities based on the kinds of threats they pose. This is especially useful for businesses because corporate ransomware attacks now account for close to half of all attacks.
How to Turn Threat Intelligence into a Security Plan
Information is only as good as its ability to be put into action on a large scale. A cyber security service turns acquired intelligence into something actionable. Users can tap into real-time updates to keep their networks secure from active and evolving threats. The data used to create real-time reports is continually evaluated to assure validity. Threat intelligence is also tested against proven whitelists of known and trusted sites. This step is important because it guards against botnet controllers that deliberately attempt to make IP reputation ineffective.
These whitelists are maintained according to strict evaluation standards. Such trustworthy data makes it possible for enterprises to take advantage of sophisticated algorithms that are capable of identifying malicious domains and IP addresses. In addition, invalid data is continuously removed for the sake of fluidity and efficiency. This means that network administrators won’t waste time trying to investigate threats that are no longer relevant. The end result is a program that is optimized to minimize false positives without overlooking serious threats. All of this technology is delivered in an easy-to-use, highly supported environment that can be implemented across a network. A system administrator can stay on top of every threat simply by monitoring the reports that are delivered by threat intelligence software.
The effectiveness of threat intelligence against the growing cyber threats and ransomware applications that exist today is proof that it takes intelligence to fight intelligence. Only up-to-date, real-time data and actionable resources are smart enough to fight today’s worst security threats.