Advanced cyber attackers are impacting organizations around the world by disrupting business operations, stealing intellectual property, and causing billions of dollars' worth of damages globally. To combat this growing trend, the cyber security community has been asking for a more inclusive and effective way to securely share threat information between organizations. ThreatConnect provides this much needed capability as part of its integrated threat intelligence platform. Current products in the marketplace offer platforms and services designed to collect intelligence from customers using their own monitoring products and through internal research. ThreatConnect significantly broadens this approach and allows the community to participate in the exchange and benefit from the result.
"We are excited to offer ThreatConnect to anyone dealing with advanced cyber threats. Now everyone can work together to understand advanced threats and protect themselves. ThreatConnect intelligence is generated by a combination of community and automated analytics. It is this combination of human and computer intelligence that enables our platform to provide insights never before available from a single source," says Adam Vincent, CEO of Cyber Squared Inc., the company behind ThreatConnect.
Core to the platform are ThreatConnect Communities which allow organizations to participate in social networking-type exchanges within broad customer, industry specific, and privately created communities. This core feature allows organizations to control who sees their information and the flexibility to participate in communities on topics of interest. Social media-type feeds allow users to see the latest posts about advanced threats, drill into the technical details where they can add their own analysis for the community, and export into their on-site cyber security products. ThreatConnect supports both attributable (named) or anonymous sharing, so organizations have the ability to protect their privacy while still engaging with the community and sharing incident data.
ThreatConnect is a cloud-based service which allows for immediate access after an identity verification process. However, ThreatConnect is also available as a private cloud version for selected customer groups, or can be deployed on-premise. ThreatConnect's three month open pilot included more than 750 users, dozens of Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies, and many small to medium sized businesses. This speaks to the unique value offered by ThreatConnect: a platform that is useful to both sophisticated research analysts as well as those with little security expertise who wish to join in the conversation and be more informed on advanced threats.
ThreatConnect's offering includes an Intelligence Research Team (TCIRT) that is continually discovering and analyzing threat information. The team actively monitors numerous threat groups worldwide. These groups include major nation-state hacking groups responsible for attacks on the New York Times and major media outlets, critical infrastructure such as energy and power, and large financial institutions. The TCIRT participates in ThreatConnect's moderated communities, contributing their latest research and playing a supporting role on challenging issues.
"TCIRT is there when expert researchers hit a wall, or when a business doesn't have the requisite skill set in-house to conduct their own analysis. People can think of TCIRT as their own personal threat intelligence capability, available when you need it, and without the significant expense that comes from having this as an organic capability," according to Richard Barger, TCIRT Director and Cyber Squared's Chief Intelligence Officer.
The analysis capabilities of ThreatConnect enable users to compare suspicious data within their networks to what the community is seeing, thus assisting in determining the level of danger posed by this activity. The platform tracks advanced cyber threats and maintains history, so that organizations know where threats are today and where they may go tomorrow.
ThreatConnect, a Cyber Squared Inc. solution, offers yearly subscriptions to the platform which include the ability to import and export data, conduct manual or automated analysis, participate in numerous communities, receive advanced threat data from the TCIRT, and collaborate with trusted partners and organizations. Future features will provide integration with a wide range of popular security products, allowing ThreatConnect customers to immediately utilize the intelligence produced in the community.
The ThreatConnect Community can be accessed by visiting www.threatconnect.com.
About Cyber Squared
Cyber Squared, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, stops sophisticated cyber threats by putting actionable threat intelligence into the hands of cyber defenders. The company is founded on the premise that working together with trusted community partners is critical in mounting a predictive cyber-defense. ThreatConnect, Cyber Squared's flagship solution, provides clients with a tailored, affordable, cloud-based threat intelligence analysis and sharing platform. Cyber Squared empowers its clients through ThreatConnect and expert security analysis services, giving them an unparalleled ability to detect, characterize, and counter targeted cyber attacks.