Threat intelligence: only for the 1%?

Analyst: Scott Crawford

Threat intelligence has become a booming area of information security, and with good reason. Attackers have the luxury of exploiting whichever weaknesses in a target best serve their intent. Defenders, on the other hand, must make the most of limited resources to defend all the most vulnerable aspects of critical information assets. Understanding the nature of current threats and adversary intent is essential to knowing how and where to place the most effective bets on defense.

But this insight comes at a price. Organizations must invest in researching the threat landscape, identifying adversaries and techniques, and communicating this wisdom to intelligence consumers. The value – and thus the cost – of this insight increases with the level of effort and expertise required to gather, analyze and provide this information.

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