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

One of the most compelling questions asked today by security operations is, “Can we enable our analysts to make security decisions that will have a positive impact on the overall security posture of our organization?” The short answer is, “Yes. But it’s not easy.”

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Enterprise security leaders are faced with a dilemma. Missing just one attack can result in a catastrophic data breach. Forced to defend their enterprise with strained resources, limited intelligence and an excess of security threats, companies need a new approach to cybersecurity that focuses on getting the most out of their available resources.

Following our webinar with guest speaker Forrester Senior Analyst, Joseph Blankenship, we asked him to address some of the questions from the audience around the challenges organizations face as they look to enhance their cybersecurity programs. Below are his responses.

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Breaches disclosed in the media foster conversations within organizations on how to protect critical assets and enterprise infrastructure. Loss of intellectual property, financial data and customer confidence have produced tangible evidence of an evolving threat landscape that, in turn, has elevated the conversation to the board room.  

This cyber awakening has many organizations evaluating current security measures including tools and technology – and the options available in the market are endless!    

On May 11, 2016, I joined Greg Masters of SC Magazine for an evaluation of new cyber technologies in the marketplace. In my role as Chief Technologist for Lockheed Martin’s commercial cyber business, I’m focused on evaluating the latest trends in the market in order to advance our own defense strategies. 

In the following on-demand webcast, I analyze a variety of cyber technologies that can enhance your defenses including: Threat Intelligence Platforms, Security Operations (SecOps) Tools, Endpoint Detection and Response as well as User Behavior Analytics. 

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Traditional security operations centers (SOCs) have done well in the past protecting against the traditional attacks, but in the threat landscape we face today, characterized by advanced persistent threats (APTs), a traditional SOC misses the mark. We now require a heightened level of security that brings intelligence analysis and knowledge management to the forefront. A security intelligence center (SIC) empowers organizations to address these threats before they cause harm, rather than merely reacting to them. If the data has been taken, a reaction will only do so much.

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As previously discussed (TIP Defined blog post), a properly employed Threat Intelligence Platform can enable an organization to take a more effective approach to computer network defense. In this post we will delve a bit deeper into how a Threat Intelligence Platform (TIP) can act as a tool for incident response and investigations, becoming a central hub for SOC operations performing with an Intelligence Driven Defense®mindset.

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After reporting that hackers had stolen more than 500 million financial records worldwide in 2014, the director in the FBI’s Cyber Division issued a warning saying, “You’re going to be hacked. Have a plan.” -Heartland Blog

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Arguably one of the most important aspects of cybersecurity is Threat Intelligence. Yet despite its importance, this particular discipline as part of a solid security posture is often underestimated in terms of importance.

The consulting company, Forrester, defines threat intelligence as the details of the motivations, intent and capabilities of internal and external threat actors. Forrester extends their definition of Threat Intelligence to include specifics on the tactics, techniques and procedures that hackers and Advanced Persistent Threats employ within their attacks. - Threat Intelligence Buyer’s Guide SANS CTI Summit, 10 February 2014.

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