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Get Smart About Threat Intelligence

Is threat intel the best way to improve defenses and stay ahead of new and complex attacks? Nearly 400 respondents to Dark Reading's new Threat Intelligence Survey seem to think so.

Get Smart About Threat Intelligence

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JasonSachowski
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JasonSachowski,
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9/10/2014 | 6:42:21 PM
Re: Disconnect?
I wouldn't go as far to say this is attributed directly to the process aspect. Sure we could enhance our processes to make improvements on the flow of data between the doers and the decision makers; but there's also the challenge of data getting lost in translation. Not so much because of process, but because the doers speaking in a technical language (0&1) and the decision makers speak in a business language ($$$). By improving the way we communicate information, the process disconnect to improve data flow would somewhat fix itself.
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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9/10/2014 | 7:44:46 AM
Re: Disconnect?
@JasonSachowski, So you are saying that there needs to be a better process communicating tactical information from to the analysts who are developing defensive strategies and action plans.... 
JasonSachowski
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JasonSachowski,
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9/9/2014 | 8:22:55 PM
Re: Disconnect?
Sure @MarilynCohodas... As I mentioned before, threat intelligence is a collection of (somewhat) similar information to tactically mitigate individual an threat. And for the most part, those security analysts who are directly involved in taking action from this intelligence aren't necessarily those senior professionals who are involved in decision making. However, the tactical intelligence collected and disseminated by the security analysts can be correlated and become a large contributor to strategic road maps developed by senior professionals.
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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9/8/2014 | 9:26:42 AM
Re: Disconnect?
@JasonSachowski, you wrote that security practitioners need "to take what we learn from threat intelligence and feed that into a larger form of security intelligence.." to move from the tactical to the strategic.  Care to give an example of what that would look like?
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JasonSachowski,
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9/6/2014 | 12:38:59 PM
Re: Disconnect?
The way threat intelligence is delivered to us is that it is mostly information about individuals threats. It provide us with the information we need to safeguard against each threat and is mostly tactical. If we really want to get ahead of the game, we need to take what we learn from threat intelligence and feed that into a larger form of security intelligence. This way, we can get away from the tactical/linear approaches and develop more strategic/cyclical methodologies.
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RyanSepe,
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8/31/2014 | 8:44:17 AM
Re: Disconnect?
This is disheartening. One of the main principles of information security is that analysis/scans without action/adaptation is a useless practice. Threats evolve so the security in turn and strategies needs to evolve. A waterfall approach cannot be taken with an agile vector.
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Bprince,
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8/15/2014 | 8:47:51 PM
Re: Disconnect?
Yeah I find that an interesting stat too. I guess that means the threat intel is confirming what they know already and have already been preparing for. Or it could be that they are not digesting that intelligence well.

BP
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
8/15/2014 | 9:12:34 AM
Re: Threat Intel
Yes, it's overall an encouraging report. I find it interesting (not totally surprising) that socal media is getting scant attention from respondents. jJust 13% of respondents said they are looking at FB, Twitter and blogs. I wonder if that will change over the next year?
RiskIQBlogger
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RiskIQBlogger,
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8/14/2014 | 12:48:41 PM
Threat Intel
Interesting information, it seems like threat intelligence is becoming a more prevelant strategic initiative.  Things are hopefully headed in the right direction!
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Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
8/13/2014 | 1:56:13 PM
Disconnect?
85 percent of respondents says threat intellegience plays some role in their security activities but 90% says that threat intel analysis has't changed their defense strategy. What's up with that?
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