By Tejas Shah
Empowering Organizations with Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) & Dark Web Monitoring services powered by Eventus Threat Labs
In today’s ever-evolving digital landscape, organizations face a multitude of cybersecurity threats. Defending against these threats requires proactive measures and strategic approaches as cybercriminals become increasingly sophisticated. To stay one step ahead of malicious actors, organizations are increasingly turning to threat intelligence and dark web monitoring. These proactive measures empower businesses to identify and mitigate risks, strengthen their security posture, and safeguard critical assets.
Understanding Threat Intelligence
Threat intelligence is the process of collecting, analyzing and sharing information about potential cyber threats and vulnerabilities. It involves gathering data from various sources, including security feeds, public forums, malware samples, incident reports and more. This information is then analyzed to provide actionable insights and help organizations make informed decisions about their security measures. Threat intelligence provides a deeper understanding of the threat landscape, including emerging attack vectors, vulnerabilities, tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) employed by threat actors. It enables organizations to proactively detect, prevent, and respond to potential threats, reducing the risk of successful cyberattacks.
The 3 types of Threat Intelligence:
- Strategic threat intelligence focuses on the broader landscape of cyber threats and their potential impact on an organization’s overall security posture. It involves analyzing trends, geopolitical factors, emerging technologies and regulatory changes that may influence the threat landscape.
- Operational threat intelligence uncovers the hacker’s toolbox, revealing their automated systems like Trojans and persistent manual intrusions known as advanced persistent threats (APTs). It provides valuable insights into hacker tactics classified under the operational domain. One key aspect is TTP (Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures) intelligence, which arms system defence tool designers with crucial information. SOC teams, MSSPs, XDR-SIEM vendors and more leverage this intelligence to enhance their detection rules and coverage. By creating threat profiles based on TTPs, organizations can fortify their tactical controls. Unlike the rapidly changing tactical class, operational threat intelligence focuses on new exploits in widely used software and emerging attack strategies.
- Tactical threat intelligence provides actionable insights about threat actors, their motivations, and their tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs). It involves gathering information about hacking groups, their affiliations, and past activities. Monitoring the dark web for tactical threat intelligence enables organizations to identify potential threats targeting their industry or specific organization. This knowledge helps security teams understand the motives behind attacks and assists in devising proactive defence strategies. With the complete information about the cyber kill chain in the MITRE ATT&CK matrix format, Eventus Tactical Threat Intelligence accelerates the response time. By understanding the attack stages, businesses can quickly identify and eliminate threats, ensuring the security of their network.
Significance of Dark Web Monitoring Using Threat Intelligence
The dark web, a part of the internet hidden from traditional search engines, is notorious for hosting illegal activities, including the sale of stolen data, hacking tools, drugs, and other illicit goods and services. By monitoring the dark web, organizations gain insight into ongoing cybercriminal activities, such as data breaches, leaked credentials and discussions related to targeted attacks. This allows them to assess their exposure and take proactive measures to protect sensitive information before it falls into the wrong hands. Dark web monitoring also helps organizations identify and track threat actors, providing valuable intelligence for law enforcement agencies and cybersecurity professionals.
Combining the benefits of threat intelligence with dark web monitoring empowers organizations to fortify their cybersecurity defenses and maintain a proactive stance against the ever-changing threat landscape:
- Early Threat Detection: Threat intelligence provides real-time insights into emerging threats, enabling organizations to detect potential risks at an early stage. When combined with dark web monitoring, businesses proactively identify hidden threats, minimizing surprises.
- Contextual Understanding: Threat intelligence adds context to potential threats, offering valuable details about the motivations, tactics, and techniques employed by threat actors.
- Targeted Mitigation: Threat intelligence + dark web monitoring = Efficiently countering critical threats with focused efforts.
- Strengthened Incident Response: The combination of threat intelligence and dark web monitoring equips organizations with valuable information to respond promptly and effectively to cyber incidents.
- Proactive Defense: With threat intelligence and dark web monitoring in place, organizations can adopt a proactive defense strategy. They can anticipate potential attacks, identify vulnerabilities, and fortify their security measures, reducing the chances of successful cyberattacks.
- Enhanced Threat Visibility: Threat intelligence and dark web monitoring provides a comprehensive view of the threat landscape, including both surface and deep web threats, ensuring better preparedness against potential risks.
- Informed Decision Making: Armed with timely and accurate threat intelligence, organizations can make informed decisions about their cybersecurity strategy, resource allocation, and risk management.
In conclusion, the powerful combination of threat intelligence and dark web monitoring equips organizations with actionable insights and proactive defense strategies. Leveraging various types of threat intelligence enables businesses to stay ahead of cybercriminals, detecting potential threats and safeguarding their valuable assets. Real-time insights facilitate early threat detection and a deeper understanding of threat actors’ motivations. Targeted mitigation and strong incident response capabilities further enhance cybersecurity posture, minimizing damages and reducing the likelihood of successful cyberattacks. With comprehensive visibility and timely threat intelligence, organizations can make informed decisions, fostering a proactive and secure environment in the face of evolving cyber threats.
(The authors is Tejas Shah, Practice Lead – SOC, Eventus Security, and the views expressed in this article are his own)