Data mining is the buzzword today. Any business that has an online presence, a website, or accepts electronic payments, has access to massive amounts of data. This data is a goldmine of information.  All this data can benefit the business and improve the company. But while we make strides in data-mining, there is another aspect of data that cannot be overlooked- the security of all this precious data. The more data we have access to, the higher the requirement for security intelligence.

What is security intelligence, and how can it help in this age of data? How can you ensure that your data has the best security?


What is security intelligence (SI)?

SI is not one, but several things:

Security intelligence (SI) is the collection of intelligence or information that is required to protect your business from internal and external threats.
Security intelligence is the real-time collection, evaluation and response to all the data that is generated on a business’ network that is undergoing potential security threats.

SI is a comprehensive approach to security and integrates processes, policies and tools that have been created to gather and analyze that information.
The ‘intelligence’ in SI refers to actionable information. This actionable information provides the organization with a strategic advantage and decision support.

Key elements of security intelligence

There are certain key elements that define security intelligence. Every SI must include the following key elements. If any of these elements is missing, then the chances are that the SI platform is not reliable.

1. Real-time analysis

Data must be present data and not historical data. You must know what is happening at this very moment across your entire network. Access to real-time data has many advantages. Timing is the key to threat intelligence. The organization has:

Immediate insight into threats faced and associated risks to the business.
Current information that is required to make immediate decisions as to which threats must be addressed first and how best to address them.
Access to information regarding emerging threats.
The ability to track ongoing activities of cyber-criminals and hackers in your industry.
Active intelligence to identify and prevent security breaches in real-time.

2. Pre-exploit analysis

With modern security analysis, it is possible to blend “pre-exploit vulnerabilities” with real-time analysis. Identifying risks before they become breaches helps organizations to prevent attacks before they occur.

3. Collection, normalization, analysis

Data is gathered/collected from every relevant device/system in the business network. The data is then normalized so that it is possible to compare data across devices – across locations. Analytics are applied, and the activity is correlated to rule out false positives that are one of the biggest problems that every security analyst must put up with. With false positives out of the way, the results are plain and simple.

The results can be presented clearly and in a simple way. All the data is used to enrich your view of the organization’s security incidents – contest drives insights and discoveries. Your system may be already breached, but you won’t be able to see it if your security intelligence solution cannot intelligently correlate, analyze and present the data to you in an intelligent manner.

Actionable insight

It’s not enough to collect, evaluate and log data; a proactive security solution is as important as well. A reliable SI is also known for searching and finding threats, removing false positives, and presenting potential threats to your security analysts.

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A security intelligence service must also be able to grow with your business. In the past, security tools and platforms have not been able to keep up with the growing bulk of an organization’s data. Today, intelligence solutions are designed to scale and seamlessly handle the ever-growing volumes of data. These new systems make use of purpose-built databases to collect and analyze large amounts of data in real-time.

Adjustable size and costs

There was a time when only large organizations had to worry about security threats. But today, no matter how large or small an organization, or which industry it belongs to – every business is at risk of security breaches. A security intelligence service must be able to meet the requirements of both large organizations and small ones. The security intelligence service should be adjustable in terms of both its size and cost. Extensive implementation, a large amount of customization, and the need for a large team of skilled personnel and large budgets are a thing of the past; today’s security intelligence solutions are built to fit an organization- no matter its size and/or industry.

Data security and risk

To ensure that your organization’s reputation is protected and maintained, you must be able to secure data and intellectual property from attackers. The main goal of security intelligence is to protect the data the organization has by gathering all that data and scrutinizing as much of it as possible.

The work of a security intelligence service does not end. That is because the cyberthreat landscape is forever changing. Attacks are more sophisticated today than they were in the past. Now, threats and high-impact threats are emerging. It is up to individual organizations to stay ahead of the curve and tackle cyber threats proactively. No matter how large or small your organization is, it’s never too late to take steps to ensure your data is secure.

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