Cyber threat intelligence is information about a cyber threat that is prevailing or evolving that can be distributed by threat intelligence partners to organizations to strengthen security against cyber-attack vectors. Cyber threat intelligence data can include rogue IP addresses and known malware hashes. It may also include attachments and other core threat identifiers. These data could also contain other important information about a threat activity such as Indicators Of Compromise (IOCs), Indicators Of Attack (IOAs), methods used in attack, motivation, or even the ID of the attacker. Threat intelligence sharing community platforms and tools allow organizations to share cyber threat information between them and prevent attacks from ever happening. Threat intelligence can be a valuable tool in Incident Response (IR), and preventing future attacks. Intelligence is used for identifying the activities of threat actors. This intelligence is of great benefit to cybersecurity because the threat landscape is so complex and the adversaries are varied. Information security is often overlooked, and it is often not considered a core objective because of its high cost. As a result, security awareness training is very limited. This section will explain how cyber threat intelligence can make a difference to your organization. * Mitigating risk: Infiltrators are constantly finding new ways to penetrate organizations. Threat intelligence gives you visibility into the security risks that exist and will help you to reduce them. It also helps you to avoid financial loss. A threat intelligence tool can help you make informed, timely decisions to prevent system failures and the theft or compromise of confidential data. It can also help you to protect your intellectual property and your brand’s reputation*. Increasing operational success: Threat intelligence assists in the creation of an efficient security team. Automated threat sharing platforms can be used to validate and correlate threat information, and to integrate that data into your organization. This will improve your security posture and reduce your IR time. It will also make your organization’s operational workforce more efficient and save money. It processes threat data to better understand attackers, respond quickly to incidents, and prevent future attacks. External threat intelligence can help reduce costs. To determine the Priority Intelligence Requirements, start with a “planning & direction document”. Start with open source/free if you have a limited budget. You should be aware that vendor collection scopes may overlap, but could differ in terms of quality or quantity. There is no single vendor that can do everything.