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What is a Threat Intelligence Feed and Why You Need One

Updated: Mar 14

Threat intelligence feeds matter. In the cybersecurity world it's vital to be able to predict future cyber attacks with the highest possible level of confidence, and prepare and plan properly. Luckily we can do it thanks to Big Data and AI. Because we can crunch and analyse such vast amounts of cyber threat data, we can prioritise our responses to attacks, speed up the decision-making process, boost response times, and improve overall system security.


A threat intelligence feed underpins all this, a stream of data about the latest potential and current threats to an organisation's security. It provides users with constantly-updated potential sources of attack, giving you a much richer, deeper, broader understanding of what's happening outside your own network, out there in the Wild West!


Threat intelligence feeds are brilliant for effective cyber defence. Here's what you need to know about threat intelligence.


More about threat intelligence


Threat intelligence feeds collect and analyse information about past, current and future cyber threats. The data sets used are huge beyond imagination, which means the insight you get from it is reliable in a statistical sense. The AI knows a real threat when it sees one, and that's a whole lot better than trying to guess where your cyber security priorities lie.


Analysis is key to everything. Say you've managed to compile a list of the millions of data breaches that took place over the past year and the malware behind them. So far so good, but a list is just a list. Now you have to blend this historical knowledge with data about current threats, vectors, existing loopholes and exploited vulnerabilities. Plus specific threats to your sector and anything else relevant. Lastly you need to analyse and compare the data, and out pops your cyber intelligence. Until big data came along, and the AI that interrogates it, all this would be impossible.


So cyber security is becoming more proactive than ever before. We can protect ourselves in advance to a degree we've never been able to achieve before, and that's really exciting. As long as our actions are relevant, quick and actionable, we have a good measure of control. Finally, we can give cyber threat intelligence context. It's more evidence-based and useful than ever.


Types of threat


There are four main kinds of threat intelligence. Strategic threat intel delivers a big picture of past, current and future trends within the threat landscape. Operational threat insight goes into the specifics behind the nature and purpose of attacks and the attackers who create them. Tactical threat intelligence focuses on the techniques, tools and tactics used, and technical intelligence is where threat intelligence feeds come in.


Thanks to a threat intelligence feed you can:


  • Plan an effective defence

  • Prioritise resources and budget

  • Remove false positives

  • Rely on the power of Big Data and AI for reliable insight

  • Recognise advanced threats and exploits you're the most vulnerable to, and protect yourself

  • Know whether your current defences are good enough

  • Spot loopholes and close them

  • Save money

  • Speed up recovery if your security is breached

  • Help your IT security people do a better job


Stay safe, know your cyber security


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