Most security solutions focus on what happens in an organisation’s environment and aim to warn that organisation of an attack and put up perimeter defenses to attempt to block it once it occurs. With threat intelligence, organisations receive intelligence about an attack before it enters the environment. As such, threat intelligence is a vital component of any organisation’s security stack and can help them prevent and prepare for attacks, something the majority of other solutions do not do well, if at all.
When it comes to preparing for your inevitable cyberattack, there are two main ways threat intelligence can help.
In the first instance, organisations need a solution that collects data from the internet (OSINT), including the clear, deep and dark web, from sources such as cybercrime forums, black markets, and social media, in order to identify warning signs or potential attacks against the business. These can include an array of elements such as phishing domains, stolen data, credentials exposed in the wild, sensitive documents or code that is being exposed somewhere on the web. This is what we call external threat intelligence, or digital risk protection. An important element of this type of intelligence is that is it tailored to an organisation, meaning that the security team are notified when a cybercriminal is talking about their company or their data, or suggesting a plan to attack that particular organisation, for example.
The second way that threat intelligence can help is to monitor for particular cybercriminal characteristics, helping organisations to prioritise indicators of compromise (IOCs) on their network and only focus on the most common or malicious threats targeting them. In the same way that criminals who break into a building are likely to leave fingerprints, so do cybercriminals. Threat intelligence can identify these and advise organisations on what threats, campaigns, or attack types are targeting them and therefore which ones to prioritise.
The UMBRA Collection Platform provides real time comprehensive view of collected intelligence from various sources. The system allows for more effective operation management by allowing the operators to control all available intelligence gathering tools from a single, unified dashboard. By allowing centralized control, alongside presentation of key intelligence and insights the overall operational effectiveness is significantly increased.
The UMBRA Analytics Platform system fuses all field intelligence meta-data and cyber intelligence content, as well as other data sources, to highlight and identify suspicious activity, important events and analyze suspects’ relationships and communications. The system can provide in-depth operational understanding in near-real-time to the field operations teams.
The UMBRA delivers global threat intelligence.
From the Shadow Emerges Knowledge