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Cyber Threat Intelligence – Putting out Fires or Firefighting?
When it comes to fighting malware, combating nation-state threats, and securing digital assets, the information security industry has much to learn from firefighters. Though we fight online threats, and firefighters fight fires, both roles have reactive and proactive challenges. Optiv strongly advocates that organizations become firefighters: not only responding reactively but also strategically and proactively.
Reactively, we all do our best in the face of global outbreaks like the recent WannaCry ransomware threat. But, we sell ourselves short by “being busy” and moving on to other things once the crisis is over. A post-incident strategic response is mission-critical for any organization that wants to truly learn from their success and areas of opportunity. More importantly it positions the organization for maturity and growth over time like that of a firefighter.
What does a firefighter do during down time, when there isn’t a fire crisis threatening thousands of acres or homes? Below are a few anecdotal examples of how they prepare themselves and their assets for the next crisis and how you can apply that to your cyber threat intelligence risk management practices:
If we only react to information security crises and imminent threats, we are “low hanging fruit” to an attacker. To harden against an attack an organization must make strategic response an ongoing priority, not a one-off response to one crisis that got out of control. After-action reports or strategic “lessons learned” surveys and responses are a must for any organization seeking to mature over time.
If an organization is mature enough to have a cyber threat intelligence program in place, the need for firefighting is even greater due to the inherent nature of the process. Cyber threat intelligence can only be successful when built on top of and integrated with an enterprise risk management program. This type of strategic integration and operational capability cannot be reactive forcing more mature organizations to dedicate full-time resources to constant tuning, maintenance and development of cyber threat intelligence programs in a post-incident strategic response fashion. Any mature organization with cyber threat intelligence integration is – for sure – performing strategic response functions following the global WannaCry outbreak of 2017.
How does cyber threat intelligence help with security incident prevention, mitigation and response?
When properly positioned, matured and integrated, cyber threat intelligence enables action upon not only tactical threat response practices, but also strategic governance and priorities. Are you reactively putting out fires, or are you a firefighter?
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