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- Breaking barriers between siloed security teams: To enable effective security collaboration within an organization, security leaders need a platform for real-time intel sharing and seamless, secure communication between traditionally siloed teams and security practitioners like SOC teams, incident responders, threat intel teams, threat research units, and threat hunters.
- Standardizing workflows for unified operations: A vendor-agnostic orchestration module can enable security teams to build bidirectional integrations between existing IT, security, and DevOps tools and design workflows to standardize processes across cloud and on-prem environments. Playbooks to standardize workflows can also be used to automatically trigger detection, investigation, and response actions.
- Operationalizing threat intelligence: Organizations can significantly improve security outcomes like the mean time to detect, remediate, and respond by operationalizing threat intelligence at every level - prevention, detection, analysis, and response. A modern threat intelligence platform enables this by automating the threat intelligence lifecycle and leveraging orchestration for real-time actioning of high-confidence intel.
- Sector-specific security collaboration communities: Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISACs) are sector-specific threat intel sharing centers that collect and analyze information about threats, incidents, and vulnerabilities relevant to specific sectors and disseminate finished intel to member organizations. This can be done using a hub-and-spoke model where the central ISAC hub receives and processes threat information from external sources and all member organizations, and disseminates relevant, contextualized intel to all connected entities (member organizations).
- Cross-sectoral collaboration and intel sharing: Cross-sectoral security collaboration is enabled by ISAC-to-ISAC intelligence sharing where multiple industry-based communities and their members can share information about attack trends, cyber threats, and vulnerabilities in real-time. A collaboration platform that allows real-time alerting and secure information exchange between users can make this process easier and enhance all member organizations’ situational awareness.
- Sharing networks based on other affiliations and shared interests: Sharing networks and ISAC-style communities can also be built based on geography, supply chain ecosystems, job functions, shared interests, and a range of other common factors. For example, a large enterprise may want to build a sharing network with all its business units and subsidiaries across continents, or small and medium businesses within a certain city or region may want to come together to fight common threats. Organizations are also increasingly showing an interest in building sharing communities with supply chain partners for enhanced visibility and early detection of threats.
- Faster threat detection and response: Real-time cross-functional collaboration and a common view of active threats enables security teams to bring down detection, investigation, and response times significantly.
- Improved strategy decisions and resource allocation: Closer collaboration and a complete picture of organizational risk based on insights from across teams help business leaders and budget holders make better security-related strategy and resource allocation decisions.
- Improved predictive security capabilities: Intel sharing across teams enhances organizations’ understanding of the most serious risks to their environment and improves their predictive capabilities and proactive defense.
- More time to focus on longer-term objectives: Improved collaboration, streamlined workflows, and the smooth flow of threat information across teams leaves SecOps teams with more time to further fine-tune processes and better align the security program with the larger business mission.
- Shared knowledge to deal with common threats: Threat actors exploit vulnerabilities and security weaknesses in products and apps that are used across organizations and sectors to carry out attack campaigns. External collaboration helps individual organizations learn from the collective research, experience, and threat response strategies of other businesses that may be dealing with the same threats.
- Greater visibility into supply chain ecosystem: Real-time threat intel sharing with other entities in their supply-chain ecosystems can give organizations greater visibility into their extended attack surface and help them build more effective proactive defenses.
- Better protection against sector-specific threats: Threat actors often design campaigns to target specific sectors. With organizations in the same sector exchanging intel about threats and incidents in real-time, effective mitigation strategies developed by one organization can be replicated by others in the same sector without having to reinvent the wheel.
- Improved situational awareness and predictive security: External collaboration and intelligence sharing improve businesses’ situational awareness and help them understand the larger context around threats. This improves individual organizations’ predictive capabilities.
- Stronger defenses to protect critical infrastructure: Cross-sectoral intel sharing is essential for protecting critical infrastructure from state-sponsored and other well-funded attack campaigns. Organizations can build better defenses and reduce systemic cyber risk by drawing from the collective intelligence of a larger, trusted community.
- Support for small and medium enterprises: Small and medium businesses may lack the resources and security infrastructure needed for effective defense against sophisticated threats. By collaborating with other organizations in their industry sectors, regions, or third-party ecosystems, they can access a collective knowledge base of threat research and mitigation strategies to fight threats more effectively.
Avkash has 12+ years of experience in the Information Security domain. Avkash has experience in SOC/CSIRT Management, Cyber Fusion, Red team, Cyber Resiliency, Threat Hunting, Threat Intelligence and research, Enterprise Security Architecture, Cyber Security governance, Network Security management. Previously worked as a Senior Manager, Information security at HDFC Bank.
Posted on: July 20, 2022
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