Threat Intelligence Can Help Enterprises Fight Cyberattacks

Tempy Wright, Senior Segment Marketing Consultant, Dell SecureWorks | 11/14/2012 | 60 comments

Tempy Wright
In the past few years, targeted cyberthreats have emerged as one of the biggest information security issues for enterprise companies. Targeted threats are designed to infiltrate and harm a particular company or organization. Not surprisingly, these threats represent a much higher risk to enterprises than traditional, or commodity, threats.

Recognizing that these advanced threats are an increasing challenge for enterprise IT and IT Security leaders, Dell SecureWorks has launched a portfolio of Targeted Threat Intelligence services that complement its existing Global Threat Intelligence offering. These services are designed to give organizations practical intelligence about cyberthreats specifically targeting their organizations.

The Targeted Threat Intelligence services can help enterprises identify and assess targeted threats and the actors behind them, get detailed insights into ongoing exploits, and give them clear guidance so leaders can take proactive steps to defend against them. The portfolio of services includes Enterprise Brand Surveillance, Executive Threat Surveillance, Targeted Threat Intelligence, and Targeted Threat Surveillance.

Commodity threat actors might be compared to pickpockets in a busy city. They may take your wallet, but it’s typically a random crime that doesn’t target anyone in particular, and the losses are usually fairly minimal. Targeted or advanced threat actors, however, could be compared to criminals who plan an elaborate bank heist over the course of several months or even years. The latter tend to be more calculating and may use a combination of methods to insinuate themselves into an organization, perhaps even using their friends or family as a means to infiltrate it.

The same holds true for cybercriminals going after enterprise companies. There is much more potential risk from a targeted, dedicated attacker who may infiltrate your network for a period of time or target one of your executives than from everyday malware and exploits, although advanced threat actors may use such tools in their strategies.

There’s no shortage of stories of companies whose networks have been thoroughly infiltrated by malicious hackers for months or even years, often going unnoticed until a third party notified them that they been compromised. The actors behind these threats are driven by specific motives and objectives, which include financial gain, competitive advantage, intelligence collection, intellectual property theft, and embarrassment or harm to your organization. Actors include hacktivists, cybercriminals, nation-states, and cyber-espionage groups, for example. Advanced Persistent Threats, also known as APT, are the most organized, sophisticated, and tenacious of these.

While most enterprise IT security organizations understand how and why they need to fight commodity threats, and have taken steps to protect their networks, they need different capabilities and methods to identify advanced threat actors and their motives. They need to better understand their Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTP) to effectively prevent them from achieving their objectives. This is where Dell SecureWorks Targeted Threat Intelligence services can help. By extending security teams’ visibility into threats that are specifically targeting their organizations, security teams can be better prepared to address them.

What about your organization? Do you have the visibility you need into both day-to-day security concerns, as well as more serious threats?

Learn more about Dell SecureWorks Targeted Threat Intelligence services.

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Nomi   Threat Intelligence Can Help Enterprises Fight Cyberattacks   4/15/2014 10:54:36 AM
Re: Delegation of responsibility
@ Broadway

There may be a committee/section for centralized gathering of data, its subsequent analysis and to recommend counter measures. The members of this committee must be direct to CEO to minimize any hierarchy pressure.

Rich Krajewski   Threat Intelligence Can Help Enterprises Fight Cyberattacks   4/12/2014 1:30:45 PM
Re: Cloaked attacks
Tempy Wright

"I agree."
Rich Krajewski   Threat Intelligence Can Help Enterprises Fight Cyberattacks   4/12/2014 1:26:30 PM
Re: Cloaked attacks
Somehow I feel as if I have walked in on the drafting committee of the UN human rights commission, about an hour after the doughnuts were served.
Anand   Threat Intelligence Can Help Enterprises Fight Cyberattacks   4/12/2014 11:03:03 AM
Re: Nation-State Advanced Threat Actors
It is true that cyber threats and attacks have tremendously increased over the passed years. But it is up to the organizations to boost their security systems since this is known security problem all over the world. Therefore it I advisable for an organization to update their security systems as frequent as possible even going as far as exchanging them.
Broadway   Threat Intelligence Can Help Enterprises Fight Cyberattacks   4/9/2014 8:55:32 PM
Re: Delegation of responsibility
@Nomi, sounds like a cross-silo committee needs to be put together to handle this task, much in the same way is done to help enterprises come up with data standards.
Anand   Threat Intelligence Can Help Enterprises Fight Cyberattacks   4/9/2014 3:08:52 PM
Re: Cloaked attacks
I would like to add a little to this very informative piece that it is often better to hire experts when it comes to the subject of targeted threat intelligence and targeted threat surveillance. In my opinion, the actual number of targeted attacks that get reported is usually much lower than the ones that actually occur. This is because many of the current cybercriminals still incorporate channels that may look like commodity attacks but are actually just cloaked targeted attacks. They only get noticed for what they really are after they become repetitive.
Nomi   Threat Intelligence Can Help Enterprises Fight Cyberattacks   4/8/2014 4:13:39 PM
Re: We do!
@ Shamika 

The high standard of security are not only essential for financial organizations but also equally important for systems like EHRs, individual data base as well as controlling agencies like traffic systems, airport servies etc. Therefore the first and foremost thing is to priortize the vulnerabilities and scrutiny of threat.

batye   Threat Intelligence Can Help Enterprises Fight Cyberattacks   4/7/2014 4:33:49 PM
Re: Delegation of responsibility
yes, I trust you are right...
Nomi   Threat Intelligence Can Help Enterprises Fight Cyberattacks   4/7/2014 4:29:23 PM
Delegation of responsibility

A famous saying is "Every body's responsibility is no body's responsibility'. The gathering of intelligence data while utilizing IT is very  critical. Therefore there must be section in organizations responsible for not only gathering of intelligence but also take appropriate counter measures.

batye   Threat Intelligence Can Help Enterprises Fight Cyberattacks   4/3/2014 1:11:45 PM
Re: Nation-State Advanced Threat Actors
Rich... :) I'm thinking - you never know... what if...
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