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Why Threat Intelligence Is Like Teenage Sex
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5/9/2014 | 11:54:49 AM
Re: Why Threat Intelligence Is Like Teenage Sex
Jason, Thanks for the comment. It does (in fact, some OSINT checking would have told ME that the quote from Eric was actually used in an article about Big Data - so it's all the same thing!). 

I would say that most of the stuff I see being sold as threat intelligence is actually data feeds of "known-bad" IP addresses, email adresses - the stuff that use to be called blacklists. It's basically the same data, with a lot of companies going further to provide specific data that proveides context - like "known drop-sites" or "known-command-and-control" or the like. I totally agree with your comments about human analysis being the glue that brings and bonds this all together. 
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5/9/2014 | 7:22:07 AM
Re: Why Threat Intelligence Is Like Teenage Sex
The analogy is great and can see how it could also apply to most of the "buzz term" forerunners; like Big Data, Cloud, or Application Security.

Would it be a fair assessment to say that, for the most part, the Threat intelligence being sold is just simply packaged up eavesdroppers; sniffers, honeypots, crypto-whatever?

While it does facilitate, technology cannot put meaningful context on what is relevant from the mass amounts of being collected.  What seems to be forgotten is that the human factor is the glue that ties the entire Business/Security/Threat Intelligence together.
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
5/8/2014 | 3:00:19 PM
Love the analogy
So if, like teenage sex. there is more talk than action, in the practice of threat intelligience, how does an organization begin to define (then fund) a threat intellegience strategy?  Some examples of setting the bar not too low, but not too high would be nice.


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