While virtually all security solutions deliver what they call actionable intelligence, they do not all provide it to the same extent, level, quality, and degree. So how do you know if the intelligence supplied by your security solution is truly actionable?
Here are five questions to ask about actionable intelligence – now, not later – and if the answer to each of these is not an unqualified “yes”, it might be time to re-evaluate your security solutions.
- Can we identify compromised assets within the corporate network, as well as beyond the corporate network (i.e. remote employees, 3rd party vendors, distributed sites, etc.)?
- Are we able to use indicators of compromise for further analysis?
- Can we easily retrieve analysis results to get additional insight into network activity?
- Can we correlate indicators from compromised devices with other security-related events?
- Can we integrate all of our actionable threat intelligence into our legacy security solutions so that we get the protection we need?
In an increasingly confusing threat landscape, business executives in today’s digital enterprises need to understand the cause and effect of a range of actors, assess attack campaigns and philosophies, and incorporate the impact those can have into their business strategies and decision-making. The aim for any organisation should be to move from a reactive state to a more proactive approach to be able to get ahead of cybercrime.
The use of intelligence data must go beyond simply blocking an attack before it can breach the network. The objective must include disrupting its ability to achieve its desired goal, which means your cyber intelligence programme and systems need to provide actionable intelligence.