A Weekend in Incident Response #18: Sharing Threat Intelligence as One of the Crucial Components of a Strong Cyber Defense

Posted byDario Forte - 24th Feb 2017
Sharing Threat Intelligence as One of the Crucial Components of a Strong Cyber Defense

In many aspects, cyber crimes are similar to other, more traditional types of crimes. Forensic investigation and analysis of the evidence recovered at the crime scene are among the aspects that cyber attacks have in common with other crimes. These are some of the key components of a fast and effective solution to a crime of any type, but are especially important when it comes to cyber attacks. Being able to gather evidence and various data related to a cyber security event is crucial for detecting and preventing future incidents. Considering that government agencies, organizations, and businesses across many industries around the world are facing a growing threat of cyber attacks, sharing threat intelligence is becoming an increasingly important part of the global efforts for successfully tackling cyber crime.

Incident Response Platforms with Threat Intelligence Sharing Capabilities

Threat intelligence sharing is a major part of the broader cyber-security incident response process, and organizations are advised to pay special attention to it. Among other things, this means that when they start shopping around for a cyber incident response platform, it’s recommended that they look for a platform that can provide this capability, because trying to share cyber threat intelligence through other means can add an unwanted burden to their cyber-security teams and incur substantial costs.

There are a lot of cyber-incident response platforms that support various threat intelligence sharing tools and mechanisms, including TAXIISTIXSplunk, QRadar, and ThreatConnect, presenting a fast and simple method for sharing threat information among organizations.

These types of platforms allow you to notify other organizations, cyber threat analysts, threat sharing communities, and everyone involved with cyber defense, of every cyber security incident, sharing with them very important information, such as where a given attack has come from, attack patterns, and possibly identification of the attackers, among others.

Sharing Threat Intelligence Increases Response Plan Effectiveness

Sharing intelligence often proves to be crucial to resolving cyber incidents as fast as possible and containing the damage after an incident occurs. It can also help predict and detect future incidents, allowing organizations to prepare and adjust their cyber defense accordingly and take appropriate actions to mitigate the potential risks.

Ultimately, sharing threat intelligence can help lead to the development of more advanced incident response platforms and the creation of more effective response plans, further deterring cyber attackers and preventing breaches.