We can’t emphasise enough how important cybersecurity is. As we become more and more reliant on technology, the threat that cyberthreats pose grows as well. This is why it’s important that you make use of an effective threat intelligence program. And while there is no shortage when it comes to these programs, it’s important to note that not all threat intelligence programs are created equal as some are better suited for your needs than others.


This can make choosing the right program rather difficult. This is why we thought it would be useful to put together a short run-through of the elements that you want to look for in a threat intelligence program. If you want to know more about this, read on for the three things that are present in every effective threat intelligence program.


Data Visibility


Data visibility is incredibly important when it comes to threat intelligence programs. It’s crucial that the inventory of data that is being fed into threat detection and response systems are continuously kept up to date. This data should come from all the systems that are potential threat vectors. These vectors include, but are not limited to, public cloud infrastructure, network equipment in your workspace, private clouds, corporate-issued and personal devices,  and dark web monitoring feeds. We can’t stress enough how important it is to include data from employees, customers, and cyber security operations. This is the best way to keep your business protected and free from cyberthreats.

Threat Modeling


Data is only one part of the solution. It’s also important to build a model that makes use of this data. Now, this will require data aggregation, normalisation, and correlation. It has to be said that this will also require the use of tools that can acquire all this data in the most efficient way possible.


It’s also important to use threat reports and intelligence feeds that come from external sources such as purchased lists, Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISAC), fellow chief information security officers, and published reports. The only way you can be truly protected is if all of the relevant data is used to prevent cyberthreats.


Delivery of Actionable Outcomes


Lastly, your threat intelligence program should be able to produce results. While visibility is important, the main point is to provide your business with the security that it needs. You’ll want a threat intelligence program that takes action and empowers cyber teams with the tools they need to best avoid cyberattacks. What’s great about this is that these tools can be used for cybersecurity awareness training, which will go a long way in preventing threats from compromising your business.

In case an attack does occur, you’ll also want a threat intelligence program that can mitigate as much damage as possible. This will put you in the best position to bounce back and recover quickly from cyberattacks.



You’ll want to be incredibly thorough when it comes to protecting your brand and your business. Hopefully, this article proves to be useful when it comes to aiding you to choose the right threat intelligence program that will best protect your interests. For more specific questions about this subject, feel free to reach out to us.


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