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How to Implement Threat Intelligence at an Organization 

In the game of cybersecurity, the stakes are growing ever higher as organizations put more and more of their sensitive data and critical operations and applications on networked infrastructure, a practice that greatly improves efficiency, but, at the same time, also significantly increases the risks of security breaches. Protecting the enterprise’s data and network assets now requires sophisticated threat intelligence technologies. Here are some ways to implement them at your customers’ organizations.


1. Understand the threats against the organization

Risk assessment is the cornerstone of all solid cybersecurity strategies, and it is especially critical when it comes to implementing threat intelligence at a customer organization. Different types of organizations will face different types of threats. Public-sector organizations and large technology corporations are likely targets for state-sponsored cyberattacks, for example, while organizations that deal in large volumes of consumer financial or personal information make tempting targets for cybercriminals dealing in the theft and sale of personal data for identity-theft purposes. A number of different threat-intelligence databases and providers already exist in the market, and knowing your customer’s particular risks and threats will help you choose the right countermeasures to implement.


2. Ensure that the manpower is there to respond to alerts

The best of the threat intelligence technologies can provide organizations with real-time alerts of suspicious activity within their networks and on their devices, but even the most timely, accurate, and actionable alerts will eventually fall short without the appropriate personnel to respond to them. Automated actions can only go so far, after all. As the Target breach shows, a failure in human response can lead to a massive disaster. Assess and, if needed, train your customer’s IT or security teams in order to prepare them. And if your customer’s internal staff is insufficient to handle the task, consider offering managed security services, either through your own employees and contractors or through your distributor.


3. Choose the right security technology to best leverage threat intelligence

Now that you’ve identified which threat intelligence database(s) best suit your customer’s needs and decided how your customer will handle the need for human response to security alerts, it’s time to select the right security technologies to leverage threat intelligence across your customer’s network and data environments. Here you should have a wide variety of options, some with their own threat-intelligence databases and services built in. What you should look for here are solutions that integrate well with your customer’s specific requirements, whether those focus on mobility, big data, or extensive cloud investments.

Implementing threat intelligence can demand a large-scale rethinking of the customer’s security architecture, since threat intelligence requires access to data flows across as many devices and connection points as possible in order to most rapidly and accurately detect anomalous or suspicious activity. Do you feel up to the task of evaluating your customer’s security architecture with an eye toward implementing threat intelligence?

If you need a hand, speak to a John Snow Labs Cyber security specialist today for training and resources to get you on your way.

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