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How to Use Threat Intelligence to Make Data Breaches Nearly Impossible

September 24, 2017

These days, the threat of a data breach hangs heavy over the head of many an IT decision-maker. Your customers no doubt worry about data breaches just as much as any other enterprise and for good reason. The last several years' string of newsworthy data breaches has hammered home the potential consequences: millions in lost profits, further millions in lost share value, severe brand damage, and often the removal of top executives and IT leaders. It's a lot to worry about. Luckily for enterprises and their trusted security advisors, modern threat intelligence databases and technology can do a great deal to prevent data breaches. Here are three ways.

1. Dodging traps

The Internet is full of traps for the unwary. Malicious websites lie in wait, ready to launch a payload of malware at any machine that connects. That malware can open the doors for massive data breaches, either by directly compromising the corporate networks behind the infected machines or by giving cybercriminals access to users' authentication credentials and other sensitive data, which are then used to gain entry into corporate systems. The best threat intelligence services maintain extensive, up-to-date databases of known malicious websites and domains. When tightly integrated with security solutions such as Web and email content filtering, they can leverage those databases in order to prevent end users from ever navigating to dangerous websites in the first place.

2. Gaining safety in numbers

The modern threat intelligence database is built on the idea of crowdsourcing. No longer are individual security firms or enterprises limited to their own experiences and data. With the big data analytics and large threat intelligence databases that many security solutions and services now leverage, customers can benefit from the accumulated data of hundreds or thousands of other organizations. That means far higher chances of recognizing and quarantining threats as they appear. Once a piece of malware is detected at one organization, for example, it enters the database and becomes instantly detectable by every other user of that database. 

3. Detecting intruders

Data breach prevention goes far beyond simple antivirus and malware detection, of course. Targeted attacks and Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) are cause for plenty of fear in IT circles, due to their greater likelihood of penetrating an enterprise's defenses and opening it up to data breaches and data leaks. It can be difficult or even impossible to detect such attacks using conventional means, such as matching signatures to known threats. Threat intelligence databases, however, can help speed up the identification of such attacks by analyzing behaviors instead of signatures in order to spot suspicious or malicious activity and keep enterprise data secure.

As you can see, threat intelligence is a key weapon in the fight against the modern cybercriminal, and resellers are in a strong position to guide their customers toward the right threat intelligence services and integrated network and data security technologies to take advantage of them.

Are you ready to learn more? Speak to an Ingram Micro Networking and Security specialist today in order to get up to speed on the latest in the threat intelligence landscape.