CISO essentials: Agile threat intelligence can unleash your budget ROI. Here's how.


Let's admit the truth: being a CISO is hard. You have to help ensure enterprise growth through leveraging technology and figure out how to provide a secure way to enable enterprise programs for growth, stop incidents before they impact your company and deal with regulatory compliance, business continuity planning and disaster recovery. Above all - you have to demonstrate the ROI of security programs and spending.

In addition to dealing with WFH -which exponentially increased exposure - increasing number of endpoints, with difficulty in aligning IR processes with policies, and assessing team performance or efficacy - there's the constant dread of the devastating effect of incidents upon stock price, profit, consumer trust, and regulatory penalties.

And to top it all off, you need to demonstrate to your board of directors and executives the meaning and the business value of your security and IR programs.

And so it begs the question, is it possible to achieve all this, and if so, what's the shortest path?

The answer lies in agile threat intelligence. In order to understand what is threat intelligence, let's look at the common situation today.

Today's security organizations simply cannot effectively manage the huge amount of data points they need to digest. Whether you are a financial institution trying to cope with the constantly increasing volumes of leaked credit cards, a hospital looking to patch its critical vulnerabilities or an enterprise hoping to prevent the next data breach--the current approach is becoming more obsolete by the minute.

The world is shifting left. Agility is everywhere. Business is moving at breakneck speed. So why are we still using cold-war methodologies when it comes to intelligence? It doesn't matter how you define threat intelligence, the bottom line is that it must be based on hard data; it must be predictive, not reactive.

Sixgill's Continuous Investigation Continuous Protection - or CI/CP uses automation tools that empower security teams to collect, to monitor, to research, and to respond after each intelligence development as seamlessly as possible. It's a way to link between the tactical incident and the strategic picture. Besides acting upon IOCs from the deep and dark web (blocking, triggering playbooks) you can use our investigative portal to profile the actor and answer questions like who are they? What are their expertises? What techniques, tactics and procedures have they been using? And so on.

The investigation will have effects on the way we collect info, digest it and act upon it.
The process is continuous and iterative, and every action leads to the other in an automated way.

So what does it mean for you as a CISO?

Well first, due to automation, you are minimizing your MTTR, improving analyst productivity and response as well as accelerating threat detection, improving integration and workflows.

Second, you dramatically raise your FTE gained due to automation. This helps you with the cybersecurity skills shortage and has an effect on many aspects of your organization including legal and government reporting, compliance, and of course, your budget.

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