A Guide to Threat Intelligence Best Practices

Cyber threats are on the rise globally. News reports of data breaches are becoming more and more common, whether the affected party is a government agency, business, or an individual. If you need some motivation to take these threats seriously, check out these statistics:

  • The average cost of a data breach is $3.86 million.
  • It takes an average of 280 days to identify and contain a data breach.
  • 52% of data breaches were caused by malicious attacks, 19% were caused by compromised credentials and cloud misconfigurations, and nation-state attackers caused 13%.

It is no longer optional to prioritize the cybersecurity of your organization — it is crucial. As you develop your cybersecurity plan, threat intelligence will be a key part of your security posture.

What Is Threat Intelligence — and Why Is It Important?

85% of industry professionals say threat intelligence is essential to a strong security posture. Threat intelligence helps your cybersecurity team:

  • Prepare for new types of cyber attacks
  • Better understand who might attack your organization
  • Get inside the heads of cyber attackers and understand their motives, goals, and techniques
  • Make better decisions before and during any cyber attack

Threat intelligence also helps your management team better understand the evolving cyber risk and the stakes involved. Threat intelligence helps you invest more wisely in cybersecurity assets and be ready to act if and when an attack occurs.

6 Best Practices for Threat Intelligence

1. Assess

  • Stored employee and customer data
  • Financial information
  • Business forecasts
  • Other proprietary information

Physical assets consist of:

When evaluating your assets, detail where data is stored and physical assets are located. You also need to value each asset, so you’ll know the scale of any risks you identify.

2. Monitor

This part of your threat assessment is not a one-off activity. Your team needs to continuously monitor technology and industry developments to identify new and evolving threats.

3. Analyze

4. Plan

5. Integrate

6. Automate

Include Wickr’s Secure Communications in Your Threat Intelligence Assessment

Wickr provides completely secure messaging, audio and video conferencing, file sharing, and collaboration tools, all protected by end-to-end encryption. Contact us to discover how Wickr can fit into your threat intelligence assessment and reduce your cybersecurity risk.

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Originally published at https://wickr.com on March 12, 2021.

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