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How to Make Threat Intelligence Work for You?

Empower your SOC and bolster your organization's cybersecurity with Threat Intelligence

Rajarshi Mitra
Post by Rajarshi Mitra Oct 20, 2017

As a cyber security professional, you know that even a small loophole can be easily exploited by attackers. There’s no room for ambiguity around SOC operations with thousands of threat actors just looking for a way in. However, IT teams often lag behind in keeping up with the security due to the exhaustive amounts of data and speed at which it keeps coming at youThis is why threat intelligence has proved to be such a boon to organizations 

In this article, we’ll discuss: 

  • What is threat intelligence? 
  • The cyber threat intel lifecycle 
  • How organizations benefit from threat intel 
  • Importance of sharing threat intel data
  • Netenrich’s actionable and data driven insights  
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What is Threat Intelligence? 

Gartner defines threat intelligence as, “evidence-based knowledge, including context, mechanisms, indicators, implications and actionable advice, about an existing or emerging menace or hazard to assets that can be used to inform decisions regarding the subject’s response to that menace or hazard.” 

It is not just a bulk of raw data that needs to be carefully analyzed to identify actionable insights. On the contrary, it is what becomes of raw data – processed, analyzed, and actionable information.   

Lack of threat intelligence results in spending and allocating resources to safeguard unimportant IT assets or on lengthy vulnerability assessments instead of mitigation and problem resolution. 

The Cyber Threat Intel Life Cycle 

Threat intelligence life cycle typically consists of planning, collection, processing, production, and dissemination of information. With the actionable and intelligent data within their reach, decision makers need to implement right solutions within their security framework. If used strategically, threat intel should help your organizations decide: 

  • How to appropriately allocate the security budget? 
  • What areas should their SOC focus on. 

You know that being reactive to cyber attack is not winning against the threats. This is where the threat intel lifecycle empowers you with actionable insights to facilitate taking proactive solutions. As a decision maker, you get timely insights about the threat landscape to help you determine right solution for your organization.  



How Organizations Benefit from Threat Intelligence

Tactical threat intelligence deals with collecting network information, analyzing it, identifying threats, and giving analysts indicators of compromise (IoCs) to use in the search for evidence of an intrusion. Thus, only when the scope of threat intelligence is clearly defined can an organization: 

  • Foster realistic expectations from threat intelligence implementations. 
  • Identify how the organization can extract the maximum value from it. 
  • Align it to the organization’s overall cybersecurity goals. 

Organizations research a lot about their competitors’ website, business model, market presence, and so on. A good competitor research helps organizations to stay relevant and take the right business decisions.  

When it comes to threat actors, a known enemy is much better. Not all of the threat actors are silent about their activities. If you know where you have to look, what you have to look for, you can protect yourselves from adversaries.  

Importance of Sharing Threat Intelligence data

Of late, organizations are slowly opening up to the idea of sharing attack data to help the broader community. Knowing your adversary and your IT loopholes allow an organization to build its defenses. Aggregating attack data from thousands of companies, organizations, industries, and governments can become a rich repository of information. It enables security professionals to prepare for attacks and prevent them, rather than discover and react. 

Threat information sharing helps cybersecurity professionals access information in real-time and improves your ability to respond to emerging threats. It saves thousands of hours of investigation, and combined with advanced analytics, helps predict trends. 

Netenrich’s Actionable and Data Driven Insights

Watch KNOW in Action


This is the reason why Netenrich’s KNOW platform is open and free to use. KNOW is news aggregator for the hottest news and activities in cyber space. The platform extracts continuously evolving cyber threat insights from billions of data points. KNOW has a dedicated threat intel dashboard that shows you the most trending threats, vulnerabilities, threat actors, and similar such pointed intelligence reports. It automatically correlates relevant intel from all this data, along with taking input from expert analysts.  

Empower your SOC team to easily discover and KNOW more on relevant threats before-the-fact. Interested? Then subscribe to our KNOW platform. The best part? It’s completely free. 

Rajarshi Mitra

About the Author

Rajarshi Mitra

Rajarshi is a creative and accomplished writer who made his mark in the blockchain space before stepping into cybersecurity. When he is not working, he is busy chilling with his wife and cat.

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