Indicators of Attack

The Importance and Difference Between Indicators of Attack and Indicators of Compromise

Introduction

The recent headlines attest that no organization is immune to targeted attacks launched by skilled, persistent adversaries. These highly sophisticated attackers gain unprecedented success against large and even well-equipped organizations across the world. The detection of these attacks is a daunting task. However, if you are well aware of the Indicator of Attacks (IoA) and Indicators of Compromise (IoC), then you can resolve issues with better outcomes. In fact, the IoA and IoC are the two methods of detection in the security marketplace.

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Cyber Threat Intelligence Framework

Undoubtedly, today’s cyber threats are very fast and sophisticated. Even their detection and prevention is no longer an easy task. To prevent organizations from being a victim of cyber threats and attacks, a proactive cybersecurity approach must be used. That is the reason the Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) framework comes into place. CTI has become a critical tool for organizations trying to protect their networks and infrastructure.

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What is Real-Time Threat Intelligence?

Would you sit back in your chair and do nothing while your systems are under attack? You may be, without even realizing it. Businesses are increasingly finding themselves under cyberattacks carried out by hackers or criminals. However, many of them fail to recognize that they have been attacked until it is too late to do anything. That is why timing is the most essential component of cyber security. Fighting attacks proactively instead of reactively can save your systems and networks. This is where real-time threat intelligence comes in handy.

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How to Use Data to Identify Trends, Attack Profiles, And Possible Threats?

How to Use Data to Identify Trends, Attack Profiles, And Possible Threats?

Data is a raw material, which is often unstructured, extracted in massive quantity, and requires processing before calling it an information and actionable intelligence. A good example is the Indicators of Compromise (IoCs). A big list of domain names or IP addresses can be ingested into the SIEM system to identify whether this list contains any malicious IP or not. If any suspicious IP is detected, then we can term this data as an actionable intelligence which has been evaluated from reliable sources, processed and enriched. Now, it can be used to identify trends, attack profile, and possible threats. In this article, we will see how data is gathered, processed, and act as an actionable delivery.

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The Importance of Threat Intelligence Feeds

The Importance of Threat Intelligence Feeds

Threat Intelligence Feeds, in fact, are an actionable threat data related to artifacts or indicators collected from any third-party vendors in order to learn from other company’s visibility and access to enhance your own cyber threat response and awareness. The example of these third-party vendors includes Kaspersky Threat Intelligence and Alient Vault OTX. Threat Intelligence Feeds concentrate on a single area of interest and they are delivered online. For instance, these data feeds can be about IP addresses, hashes, or domains.

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