Bethesda, Md. – When it comes to the use of cyberthreat intelligence (CTI), organizations are scrambling to deploy and use these capabilities, even though they don't even vaguely understand what cyberthreat intelligence is or how it ties in with their defensive and response systems.
According to the SANS Cyberthreat Intelligence Survey, 69% of respondents report implementing CTI to at least some extent.
"Organizations are struggling to gain insight into attacker techniques and tools, and cyberthreat intelligence (CTI) may be able to help security teams understand what to look for in their environments," says SANS Analyst and instructor Dave Shackleford who authored the report. "Unfortunately, only 27% of organizations have fully embraced CTI today, although more are starting to focus on CTI and make investments in technology and staff to help with this."
Survey results show that 75% find CTI important to security of their assets, with 55% using security information and event management systems and 54% relying on intrusion monitoring platforms to aggregate, analyze and present CTI information to analysts. Sources of intelligence vary. However, 76% get intelligence from the security community, while 56% use vendor-driven intelligence feeds.
Says Shackleford, "The great news is that teams actively using CTI data in their detection and response programs are seeing immediate benefits."
Those benefits include improved context, accuracy and speed in monitoring and incident handling. He adds, "Over 60% of respondents felt that CTI has improved their visibility into attack methodologies within their environments, and over 50% believed that CTI significantly improved their detection and response accuracy."
Full results, along with best practices advice from the author and sponsors, will be shared during a two-part webcast at 1 PM EST on Tuesday, February 17 and Thursday, February 19, sponsored by AlienVault, Arbor Networks, BeyondTrust, Bit9 + Carbon Black, SurfWatch Labs, and ThreatStream, and hosted by SANS.
Those who register for the webcast will also receive access to the published results paper developed by SANS Analyst and cybersecurity expert, Dave Shackleford.
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