Being secure in the industry that a business is operating within is not easy, but possible. These days, cyber threats are on the rise, which means that every business entity’s responsibility is to keep up with the security patches being released and keep the threats at bay. Many threats and exploits are out there just waiting to infect a system and, eventually, destroy a business.
It is quite difficult to know which vulnerabilities will result in an actual exploit and cause damage to a system. Deciding early can help security managers be informed early about possible threats and thereby act appropriately following the industrial security systems vulnerability management.
The top four threats include:
Direct risk (targeted or named; institutional vulnerabilities)
Indirect risk (service, vendor, or technology dependencies)
Actors, tools, tactics, or campaigns, that target a company or sector
Internal inquiry (leadership, technical areas or corporation communications)
By focusing industrial security systems’ threat intelligence objectives on these four issues, first and foremost, a business will then be able to maneuver its program in the proper direction and be able to assist threat analysts to target the most pressing matters. Threat intelligence tools can be modified to better suit specific parameters.
Also, through being aware of what is happening within an industry, a business can then prepare for such attacks if it arrives. Remember that minimal damage is more acceptable than a total loss. Things to watch out for are many, such as:
Affecting multiple businesses in a given sector.
Affecting a large company or leader in a given sector.
Affecting a direct peer (by market size, holdings, or geography).
In 2012, the banking sector was open to a cyber-attack named Operation Ababil, though it only resulted in a minimal website disruption.
With the right cyber-attack intelligence goals, these additional threats can be addressed:
Mass campaign (significant volume, widespread, or high level of success).
Has, or expected to have, significant media attention (inquiries expected).
New or significant actors, tools, tactics, or campaigns.
Any relevant information that is able to give significant alarm when large-scale attack comes should not be ignored. Organizations must keep track of everything that is happening, especially those that involve the profit and their clients. Always be on a lookout when an exploit goes into the wild, when the media reports about a negative campaign, or when a particular threat player quickly becomes more active. Data will be available when proper searches are done with the use of the Internet. Anything that is unfamiliar should be kept afar.
Again, be strategic upon setting your threat intelligence goals. It is the first step of many in driving down the business risks. Giving emphasis on assimilating tools and technologies is also a major strength of information discovery.
Reliable network security companies have the ability to integrate the appropriate tools with SMART goals, priorities, and plans. Listen to specialists and invest appropriately, employ meticulous threat analysts, and strategically use and share threat intelligence in order to be within the parameters of SMART threat intelligence goals.