The Importance of Integrating Threat Intelligence into Security Operations Center Response Infrastructure

Cyber threat intelligence (CTI) is an advanced process that helps an organization to collect valuable insights into situational and contextual risks that can be chained with the organization’s specific threat landscape, markets, and industrial processes. Having said this, deploying a Threat Intelligence Platform alone is rarely sufficient enough to address the complexities experienced in today’s Security Operations Center (SOC) environment.

These sources of threat intelligence can be of significant value when assessing organizational vulnerabilities and provide the necessary insight into more than just infection vectors. Threat intelligence provides organizations with the knowledge to effectively correlate data from a number of disparate sources to anticipate attacks before they occur. This directly addresses the three issues most commonly facing responders today; the prioritization of incoming incidents, reducing response time and aggregating data from a number of sources to provide the clearest picture of an incident.  

Designing the most appropriate method of integrating threat intelligence into your information security infrastructure has never been easier. Orchestration and automation platforms such as IncMan SOAR from DFLabs has successfully been used to rapidly integrate threat intelligence into the incident response infrastructure, including Structured Threat Information eXpression (STIX), Trusted Automated eXchange of Indicator Information (TAXII) and other threat intelligence sources. These repositories are based upon community standards that enable the transportation of cyber threat intelligence between intelligence sources and IT security teams.  Further, they strive to facilitate the re-alignment of efforts in proactive IT security that are based on real-time information that exchanges threat information between commercial suppliers, the government, non-profit efforts and industrial partners.

These sources of threat intelligence, once integrated into an incident orchestration platform can now be leveraged to evaluate risks, assess potential damages and proactively correlate threat vectors. By doing so they can automate the prioritization of incoming incidents based on expert forecasts which will help assess the threat tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs), and provide the formation of a comprehensive incident response strategy by not only identifying the possible attack vector but possible actors as well.

Today’s cybercrime environment involves tactics and techniques that can wreak havoc within our networks in a very brief period of time. These threats have a far reach irrespective of industry or infrastructure classification. Given this speed, it is imperative that we implement a comprehensive threat intelligence program that leverages a centralized orchestration and response platform and permits organizations to aggressively address the constantly changing threat landscapes as a combined effort.