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I was part of a panel titled “Developing Security Strategies to Successfully Combat Sophisticated Threats to your Network, while Protecting Customer Privacy” at the TM Forum conference two weeks ago.  Given the topic, and the interesting conversation, I wanted to highlight some of the ideas expressed around sophisticated threats. Verizon’s Marc Spitler, and AT&T’s Brian Rexroad. Daniel O’Donnel from Network Critical and Ajay Uggirala from NetScout, and Martin Huddleston from United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defense (MoD) accompanied me on the panel. In essence, cyber-attack is big business.  In 2010, studies from Symantec's newest Norton Cybercrime Report sited that the financial losses resulting from cyber-attack were resulting in similar losses worldwide to the business of illegal drug trade – 388B. Recent studies from the UK Cabinet office state that cyber espiona... (more)

Threat Intelligence Platform Just a Tool? By @AdamDVincent | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Is Your Threat Intelligence Platform Just a Tool? “If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” Abraham Maslow Throughout the enterprise there are security personnel using a variety of processes and tools to conduct their incident response, network defense, and threat and risk analysis. Security team efforts haven’t been integrated, or if they are integrated, it is only through rudimentary technologies like email, spreadsheets, a SharePoint portal, or a ticketing system. These techniques, although better than nothing, do not scale as the team g... (more)

Iranian Cyber Army Hacks Twitter

Twitter on Ulitzer Last night Twitter.com was hacked by a group purportedly titled the Iranian Cyber Army, at least that is what people think based on the fact that this group advertised they were responsible by displaying a redirected web page with an Iranian flag and text that takes credit, saying "This website has been hacked by the Iranian Cyber Army". This morning another website (mawjcamp.org), which appears to be a Iranian Reformist website based outside of Iran was also found to have been hacked. This event comes at a time when the United States Government is saying that ... (more)

What is a Threat Intelligence Platform

Last week, Anton Chuvakin from Gartner wrote a blog about what he is calling an Intelligence Management Platform. He includes some thoughts by Facebook on how they are building their own platform.  He alludes to non-public sources and I’m sure ThreatConnect™ is one, so rather than keep you all in suspense, I thought this would be an opportune time for ThreatConnect to say what we think a Threat Intelligence Platform is. Rick Holland from Forrester said recently at a SANS conference that the threat intelligence platform is like the quarterback of your operations. The threat intel... (more)

Context (& Quality) Is King with Threat Intelligence By @AdamDVincent [#Cloud]

Recently, Forrester analyst Rick Holland brought up the point of quality vs. quantity when it comes to threat indicators. We agree, the focus should never be on the quantity of data, it should be on the quality of data. So the question becomes, where and how can you gather or make sense of this quality threat intelligence? As an industry, we need to work together to understand threat data better. Everyone needs quality data to make decisions. Just like marketing departments need quality data to determine who to market (and sell) to; the SOC, IR, threat, and network defense team... (more)