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Operationalize Threat Intelligence with Security Validation to Improve Cyber Defenses

Organizations can gain a deep understanding of their threat landscape through threat intelligence but often struggle to translate it into meaningful security improvements.

May 28, 2020
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How confident are you that your defenses can stop attacks from determined adversaries?

Do you want to proactively understand your posture against the current threat landscape?

Does your leadership want proof that you are ready for the latest new and emerging attacks?

If any of these questions sound familiar to you, then most likely you leverage cyber threat intelligence in your security program. Organizations can gain a deep understanding of their threat landscape through threat intelligence but often struggle to translate it into meaningful security improvements.  

Intelligence-led Security Validation

As organizations work to optimize defenses, they need to know as much as possible about the threat actors and attacks targeting them. Security validation informed by threat intelligence enables organizations to measure the performance of their controls against the most imminent threats and implement measurable improvements to their security controls and cyber preparedness specifically aimed at their adversaries.

Here’s an example of the Security Validation informed by Threat Intelligence:  A health care customer discovered inconsistencies with their defenses in different parts of their network from attacks by APT41, a dual espionage and criminal threat actor that commonly targets the health care industry. With capabilities such as real attacks, comprehensive threat coverage, and adversary visibility, the Mandiant Security Instrumentation Platform with the Threat Actor Assurance Module enabled the customer’s security team to focus on improving defenses against this attacker and better demonstrate their preparedness to the company’s leadership.

Security Validation – Key Outcomes

For our health care customer, leveraging intelligence with security validation provided the evidence to ensure their readiness against this specific threat actor and their attack behaviors and prove so to company leadership. Key outcomes include:

  • Preparedness against key adversaries that the company regularly defends against
  • Proven security effectiveness against adversaries targeting health care industry
  • Evidence of protection against newly emerging APT attacks

Through security instrumentation, organizations are able to continuously validate that their security controls are working the way they’re supposed to. By combining security validation, Threat Actor Assurance Module and industry leading cyber threat intelligence, organizations can more easily maximize and maintain their defenses against newly emerging adversary attacks, monitor for any decline in these defenses against these attackers as they evolve, and gain continuous, detailed evidence of their cyber readiness moving forward.

Want to know how you can start validating your controls against current and emerging APT attacks, key adversaries targeting your industry, and those you are regularly defending against? Click here for a DEMO NOW.

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