Malicious Attackers usually rely on their Capabilities, intent and opportunity to be able to carry out an attack on their prey successfully. While the organisations can hardly do anything with the first two attributes, it’s the opportunities on offer that they can leverage their intelligence upon to apply intelligence-driven security across their infrastructure and operations. And with the increasing buzz around threat intelligence, it is important for masses to realise the use and value of strategic and operational cyber threat security.

Strategic Intelligence helps the organisation in defending its overall cyber security posture with the aid of tools aimed at defending against a threat’s capabilities. It enables them to respond tactically when a threat arises, where their response is backed by intelligence driven strategies. Operational information performs real-time powerful business analytics which helps in obtaining the details of the specific incoming attack and assess the ability of the organisation to determine future cyber threats. The discovery of tactical and operational risk issues help in generating tickets and track actors to predict adversary attacks.

The cyber threat intelligence needs to be tailored according to the requirements of the users. The strategic and operational intelligence can feed many risk management related tasks and security processes. The cyber defenders for instance with the help of cyber threat information can make sure that they have the right plan for the adversaries when a threat presents itself. When a breach occurs, they have to research and understand the scenario about the path, threat and means the violation took place. And with the help of CTI, the defenders can have further more contexts to answer these challenging questions.

Threat intelligence can provide Vulnerability management teams with insights into the mitigation of specific threats eventually leading to vulnerability removal. It can help with prioritising which risks need to be fixed first. Strategic threat intelligence can provide risk analysts with a bigger picture to get insights into the trends of how other users are being targeted to evaluate specific risks. It can help in making the boards and the executives realise the threats of a particular risk compromised with the organisation’s cyber security by quantifying the threat regarding the impact the possible breach or attack would mean to the business.

“The key here is that how the Strategic and Operational Cyber threat intelligence can augment with the already going on processes to create a robust safer cyber environment.”

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"As a child, I was always looking at cyber security news because it interested me immensely. Growing up, I developed a habit of surrounding myself with other like-minded people and this helped shape me as a cyber security enthusiast. By constantly indulging in cyber security related forums, my love for the topic has snowballed."

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