Threat Intelligence (TI) is very much needed as the market moves into Digital Transformation and into removing boundaries. TI is a very important tool to understand the threats facing every company. With the increase in attack vectors, also comes the increase in attackers with different motivations and the increase in the need for information. Customers now are looking to expand their reach of relevant and suitable TI sources, from OSINT to commercial sources.
Having said that, TI is not about IOCs alone. TIP platforms are not only IOC aggregators that would receive and disseminate. Threat Intelligence Platforms (TIP) need to satisfy the market needs now.
A successful TIP needs to be able to do at least the following:
A TIP is not just nice to have in a mature environment, it is a must-have to acquire a mature environment. As per Garter, TIP is part of a comprehensive SOAR function.
A successful TIP should be the go-to platform for information and analysis and should be usable and beneficial for the TI team, SOC team, IR team, TH team and the CISO.
While defining the use cases for a TIP is very relevant and tailored to the customer's requirements, building the right workflows and playbooks is totally dependent on different criteria, below are some sample use cases that can be common.
A TIP as a standalone component will be very valuable to an entity with the right teams and a mature approach, but the TIP has to be able to initiate and manage actions to add the right value. Hence, as per Gartner, TIP is tied up to SOA and IR to provide a SOAR functionality in its full power. The goal of every provider is to be able to maximise their offering, both by integrations and by building the functionalities within their platforms. The aim of any Intelligent Operations process is to provide the capabilities of understanding, actioning and learning as a continuous cycle of actions within any SOC.
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