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How to Grow to Strategic Threat Intel Consumption?

By Anton Chuvakin | August 24, 2016 | 4 Comments

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Here is a bitchingly hard question: how to get organizations to move up the maturity scale of using threat intelligence (TI), from blindly [ok, not always blindly] dropping indicator feeds into tools to [at least] appreciating and utilizing strategic threat intelligence?

Now, a cynicist [and …well…aren’t we all?] may say “why help people who won’t help themselves?” For once, this is my job 🙂 But more importantly, there seem to be enough organizations that want to get there, but don’t see a path – so we can provide that.

In essence, how to teach people addicted to instant noodles to appreciate caviar? BTW, my esteemed colleague have used the caviar metaphor first in his recent TI paper, but as a native Russian I totally own all caviar metaphors! 🙂

So, I touched on why they may not be using better intel in the past, but now the question is: how to get them to? BTW, we are NOT talking about the internally-sourced intel, its value is of course indisputable, but the effort is generally even higher than what we are talking about in this post.

Here is an idea of how to start the journey: look at this TI use cases table. Specifically, the column on strategic intel. Pick ONE box, say “Security architecture and monitoring planning based on long-term threats and relevant actor capabilities” and find THREE ways how it is valuable to your organization. Convinced? Then start doing it… BTW, Augusto has great additional ideas here in this post.

P.S. If this seems incomplete, you are not wrong … as usual, we have to save enough juicy stuff for our upcoming TI paper

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  • Andre Gironda says:

    If you want people eating cardboard to start appreciating caviar then a start might be to get them to dress, think, and act differently.

    1) Change the name; change the game: Drop the term infosec. Utilize the terms Cyber Operations (Cyber Ops), Cyber Defense, and Cyber Investigations. This doesn’t mean you have to stop using ISO 27k but it does mean that you’ll start using NIST CSF.
    2) Develop, document, and get sign off regarding the mission, vision, and values. Put it in a charter and get full-executive support.
    3) Enact governance with respect to the quantification of risks for senior-management reporting. The quantification must show what and how to invest. Prioritize actions based on return on mitigation.

    • Sorry for a delayed response; a writing deadline looms. Thanks for a great comment re: the name. But risk quantification? Really? What would stop this from being an exercise in calling rnd()?

  • Sydney Tran says:

    Hello Anton – is there an easy way to subscribe to your blog?