Cybersecurity Blog: The Cyber Scene is evolving, are you?

Recently, I discussed the importance of situational awareness to Security Operations Center (SOC) effectiveness. Without anticipatory intelligence and context surrounding cyber-threats, SOCs receive a lower return on investment on tools such as threat feeds and endpoint solutions.

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As a manager of a Security Intelligence Center (SIC), I can say first hand that few things are more frustrating than investing in a cybersecurity product that fails to deliver what your security team truly needs to be successful when it comes to true situational awareness.

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Find out how one analyst used social media to collect enough intel in five hours to breach a Fortune 500 company.

What is open-source intelligence (OSINT)? Quite simply, its intelligence collected from publically available information such as Facebook, LinkedIn and even the dark web. Are you using information available from these sources? Adversaries are!

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The need for visibility, control and awareness now extends beyond your network.

There is an old adage “loose lips sink ships”. Is your organization providing cyber-criminals information for free? You’d answer, “Of course not!". On the face of it this question seems ridiculous to even ask. However, cyber-criminals are becoming more sophisticated. As an adversary’s tactics and strategies evolve, cybersecurity organizations need to be aware of the unwitting exposure of secure information on social media. This approach is on the rise and fast becoming the preferred strategy for many cyber-criminals to perform the “reconnaissance” step in an analysis framework, such as the Cyber Kill Chain®.

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