Threat intelligence is often the primary factor in making sound investments, negotiating a good deal, defeating a competitor, or heading off an attack. As part of cybersecurity consulting services, cyber threat intelligence (CTI) provides meaningful insights about known and unknown risks, industry and organizational IT security challenges, and more. It arms businesses with proactive, actionable intelligence to make informed decisions, and is a significant competitive advantage.
The lack of cyber threat intelligence leaves companies adrift. Organizations make poor cybersecurity decisions (typically from a lack of information) that are not often realized until disaster strikes. They are hit with ransomware, burdened with massive regulatory fines, or pushed out of the market space by a competitor. Fortunately, many cybersecurity attacks are preventable with the right actionable cyber intelligence.
A cyber intelligence report is compiled through information-gathering within a six-step process. The threat intelligence lifecycle consists of:
Although almost all threat intelligence is gathered using the six steps above, the information can typically be categorized into three types of threat intelligence. Each type has a different use case, is relevant to different audiences, and varies in both the amount of time and money needed to collect and analyze.
Combining the three types of intelligence with the threat intelligence lifecycle, we offer two tailored reports — Advanced Threat Targeting and Mergers and Acquisition Cyber Risk Analysis. Each threat intelligence report contains a custom analysis of the threats and risk factors facing an organization, industry-based information and metrics for comparison and consideration.
The Advanced Threat Targeting report will contain all the reconnaissance and research a sophisticated attacker would conduct and gather before attacking your organization. This threat intel report is a combination of open and closed source cyber threat intelligence, human intelligence, and other sources. The cyber threat report contains an in-depth analysis to inform you of the tactics, tools, methods, malware, and chains of attack hackers are most likely to use against your organization. This knowledge will equip you to identify problems and shore up, modify or change technology and process before the hackers can strike. Advanced threat intelligence determines how vulnerable your organization is to an advanced hacker who wants to steal your data or disrupt your operations.
Cyber criminals are raking in $1.5 trillion every year, which is three times the $514 billion Walmart makes annually.
Hackers have been known to sell stolen data to the victim’s competitor or to the highest bidder, making the stolen data becomes publicly accessible. Hackers not only steal the revenue your business already earned; they seek to siphon revenue out of the organization over the long term. Similar to how a bank robber cases a bank, they use the information they acquire to launch successful attacks against the institution, as well as target senior executive leadership, and owners. This puts your organization in a vulnerable position to potentially pay hundreds of thousands, if not millions, in ransom and potentially more to remove threats from your network to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Do you need a bargaining chip to raise your acquisition price or to acquire at a discount?
Buying and selling companies is already a risky prospect, but in the digital age, a new risk factor complicates the deal – cyber risk. Cyber risks in Mergers and Acquisitions is the stalker lurking in unknown vulnerabilities, the depths of shadow IT, frightening web application configurations and undetected breaches, siphoning off valuable intellectual property. You cannot establish the real risk and value of a company without understanding its information security process, infrastructure and status.
The M&A Cyber Risk Analysis threat intel report will detail the cyber risk factors inherent in purchasing or selling a specific organization. Risk will be quantified based on a variety of influencing factors. The following are just a few factors: