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.