Talking Strategic, Operational and Tactical Threat Intelligence

Cyber threat intelligence has become increasingly popular over the past few years. With that rise comes a variety of questions around the different types of intelligence that is available and how that intelligence can be best implemented by organizations looking to mitigate their cyber risk.

According to SurfWatch Labs chief security strategist Adam Meyer, there are three main types of threat intelligence — tactical, operational, and strategic — however, a focus has recently emerged on strategic threat intelligence.

“Strategic is where a lot of the business alignment can happen,” Meyer said this week on the Cyber Chat podcast. “You’re translating the capabilities out there, intentions out there, of adversaries — how they’re targeting things — and comparing it against you as an organization.”

That type of intelligence has proven to be a good starting point to answering a key question that organizational leaders may have: “Are we well-positioned for cyber risk or are we not? And if not, why not?”

On the Cyber Chat podcast, Meyer discusses a variety of topics related to cyber threat intelligence, including:

  • the difference between tactical, operational, and strategic threat intelligence,
  • how that intelligence can help manage an organization’s cyber risk,
  • what organizations should look for when evaluating threat intelligence,
  • and how threat intelligence will likely evolve in the coming years.

“The intent is to deliver finished and evaluated intelligence and put it on the desk of the decision maker. That helps them make better decisions,” Meyer said. “If you’re not doing that, you’re not technically in my book doing intelligence.”

Listen to the full Cyber Chat podcast below:

Author: Jeff Peters

SurfWatch Labs editor and host of SurfWatch Labs Cyber Chat podcast. Focused on using threat intelligence and data visualization in order to bring cybercrime to life and help make organizations safer.

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