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What is Threat Intelligence?

Threat intelligence refers to the cybersecurity data collected and leveraged by an organization to better understand past, present, or emerging threats. This information provides context into what is happening within your network and helps to both identify potential threats and stay ahead of new ones.

The three common types of threat intelligence are as follows:

  1. Strategic: A high-level analysis of trends typically meant for a non-technical audience (i.e. stakeholders)
  2. Tactical: The real-time identification of indicators of compromise (IOCs) that allows responders to search for and eliminate specific threats within a network
  3. Operational: Technical details that aim to answer the “who?”, “what?”, and “how?” of specific attacks and campaigns of the past in order to inform future threat intelligence

The nature of cyberthreats is to evolve, so organizations must rely on cyber threat intelligence to develop a strong cybersecurity program and work proactively to avoid falling victim to cybercrime. Applying insights obtained via security data allows cybersecurity teams to make faster, more educated decisions so they can stay one step ahead of cybercriminals.

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