Our rapidly growing reliance on cyberspace for various activities ranging from personal use to business operations has increased the need for cyber situational awareness. The cyber systems that we rely on every day are often exposed to security threats such as malware, vulnerabilities, breaches, or more. Such threats impact everyone from mere individuals to global organizations. In this scenario, it has become more important than ever to monitor and anticipate cyber threats. By analyzing such threats, decision-makers can take effective measures to protect their organization's critical assets.
Today’s leaders recognize the significant threat posed by malicious cyber actors. However, the path towards gaining accurate and actionable cyber insights is often unclear for the decision-makers. With a wide gamut of threats and a lot of noisy information, it becomes challenging to manage and respond to cyber risk for an organization. Despite the existence of many threat information sources and threat intel providers, the afore-mentioned challenges remain. This has created the need for a new concise and clear approach to creating cyber situational awareness and streamlining security operations.
The Right Tool for the Right Job
For effective command and control, security teams and decision-makers at various levels need to leverage advanced technologies aimed at sharing situational threat intelligence. To establish all-round situational awareness, organizations need various capabilities such as crisis communication, real-time threat alerts, Intel sharing, incident reporting, secure communication, and more. Cyware Situational Awareness Platform (CSAP) provides a novel approach to enable this transformation.
The senior leadership of an organization requires a higher-level understanding of relevant cyber threats to assess its impact on the organization and plan their future strategy. On the other hand, certain roles in an organization require an operational understanding of threats so as to implement defensive measures. CSAP caters to these requirements by acting as a personal threat mailbox for employees at various levels. It becomes a single point of collection source for macro-level threat insights. It provides a single pane of glass view with automated Intel and alert ingestion from external entities including Threat Intel Providers, Malware and Vulnerability advisory sources, Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) , RSS Feeds, etc. Moreover, CSAP also connects with internally deployed security tools like SIEM, IDS, IPS, Firewall, etc. to provide real-time strategic and operational intel.
After the ingestion of threat intel, the next step is to filter out the most relevant information for employees in specific roles. Security teams need to keep track of emerging threats and alert their organization to take preventive measures. CSAP enables this with automated creation of alerts that can be shared with the right people in real-time over mobile, web and email. Using this, the decision-makers can reach out to appropriate security teams and personnel so as to take timely actions to mitigate threats. Since, CSAP delivers real-time alerts based on the recipient’s role, location, and business unit, this improves all-round situational awareness by filtering out noise and allowing employees and executives to focus on the most relevant threat alerts. By assimilating various Intel sources and all the stakeholders, CSAP works like a central hub of all the available threat information. Security teams can use it as a centralized and searchable database of all alerts, thereby decluttering the process of threat discovery and analysis.
At times, third-party cyber risks can also pose a significant threat to business operations. CSAP allows organizations to manage their third-party risks by allowing the exchange of strategic and operational threat intel with their high-risk suppliers and vendors. Organizations using CSAP can also form their own trusted sharing communities with clients, stakeholders, peers, and others. They can leverage CSAP’s integrated secure Discussion Board for quick discussions and resolution of any cyber threat and track mitigation measures.
The Bottom Line
Cyber situational awareness plays a crucial role in prioritizing security efforts and shaping the overall security strategy. With numerous threat information sources and multiple business units posing cyber risks, decision-makers require a consolidated view of the threat environment to improve their security posture. CSAP plays the role of a unified and integrated threat mailbox to enable organizations to effectively guide their security strategy as well as provide an effective threat response. It accomplishes this by providing enhanced visibility over threats along with rapid communication and actioning capabilities.