Giacomo Lanzi

Coordination between CTI and SOC: how to further raise the defenses

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

The Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) and a Security Operations Center (SOC) are two important parts in a company’s security process. They help identify and mitigate the risks involved in the digital world. CTI is a proactive measure that helps identify potential threats, while SOC is a reactive measure that helps detect and mitigate an attack. Together, CTI and SOC are two important tools in the IT field.

The CTI helps organizations identify potential threats by collecting data from various sources such as social media, dark web , malware database, etc . It then analyzes this data using advanced analytics tools such as machine learning algorithms and provides useful information to decision makers.

A SOC, on the other hand has a more responsive approach in that it detects and mitigates an attack as soon as it occurs. SOCs use various methods such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems, log management systems, etc.

The relationship between CTI and SOC can be described in one sentence:

The CTI provides valuable information to the SOC, while the SOC provides the CTI with relevant feedback.

CTI and SOC

CTI and SOC: what are they?

Before collaborating in security management, CTI and SOC are two distinct things that have different roles and purposes. Let’s see them briefly together.

What is the CTI

Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) is the process of collecting, analyzing and disseminating information on cyber incidents to help identify and combat cyber threats. It is an intelligence discipline that deals with the identification and analysis of cyber threats. The CTI can be used to prevent future attacks on an organization by identifying potential vulnerabilities in the system .

Cyber Threat Intelligence can be considered a form of proactive cyber defense . With CTI, organizations are better able to protect themselves from various types of cyber attacks. There are three main types of cyber threat intelligence:

1) Cyber Attack Intelligence: information on methods and reasons of the attacker

2) Cyber defense intelligence: information on defender vulnerabilities and how they can be exploited by attackers

3) Cyber Threat Intelligence: information about the threat agent’s strategy, intent, capabilities and resources

What is a SOC

A Security Operation Center (SOC) is a central security hub for an organization . It is a place where all security operations are monitored and managed. The SOC can be considered an organization’s cybersecurity “command center”, where all security operations are monitored and managed.

We offer SOC as a service for our customers ( SOC aaS ), relieving them of initial implementation costs and constant infrastructure maintenance costs. Furthermore, our SOCaaS uses a NextGen SIEM system which guarantees speed and punctuality of responses.

CTI and the constant evolution of online threats

Cyber threat intelligence is the key to understanding the evolution of cyber threats and how they are changing. The constant evolution of threats makes it difficult for organizations to keep up with the latest security developments. Cybersecurity teams need to be able to respond quickly and efficiently to avoid damage.

In this ever-changing dynamic environment, Cyber Threat Intelligence comes into play. The CTI is the key element that allows you to understand how to protect yourself from various cyber attacks. In practice, this means that, thanks to a careful series of analyzes, it is possible to actually understand how to avoid becoming a victim of attacks.

The CTI therefore helps in identifying potential threats and provides this valuable information to the SOC, which can then implement specific controls for the threats detected.

It is important for companies to have their own Cyber Threat Intelligence to keep up with the constant evolution of threats. Companies need to understand what is happening in the area of cyber threats, and understand the path taken by various cyber terrorist groups.

The Security Operation Center and Threat Detection

The Security Operation Center (SOC) is the central hub for monitoring and managing IT security. In theory, this is a physical place where IT engineers and technicians work to defend the corporate infrastructure. However, it is not uncommon now to find SOC offered as a service (SOCaaS).

The first step in threat detection is to create a threat intelligence program . This program should be able to collect, analyze and share information about cyber threats and attacks with all interested parties in the organization. This step is carried out by a CTI team, and becomes an integral part of the SOC work process.

The second step is to develop a strategy to respond to these threats and attacks. The third step is to implement the strategy in operations through designed procedures, policies and tools. for a quick response when an attack occurs.

Security Operation Centers (SOCs) are responsible for monitoring networks and systems for any signs of cyber attacks or system failures that could lead to data breaches or other malicious events. Threat detection proactively engages both of us.

CTI and SOC cover

SOC and its importance in the CTI process

Therefore, the relationship between CTI and SOC represents a combination that must always be present if you want to be sure that operating online is an optimal type of operation to perform.

The interesting thing is the interaction that is created between these two tools, thus becoming an increasingly powerful solution in the field of IT security.

The SOCaaS we offer, in fact, contains a behavior analysis tool, very useful in identifying suspicious behavior and connecting them to potential threats, even afterwards. This aspect creates an internal source of information for the CTI, which can then add the results of the SOC behavior analysis to its search clues.

CTI and SOC feed each other, we can say, with information and solutions to support corporate security.

Our SOC and CTI services

As we’ve seen, SOC and CTI complement each other, so to speak. These two services are both offered by us and we are confident of the positive impact they have in the fight against cyber threats for companies.

If your company is looking for information on how to best protect the IT infrastructure from cybercrime, contact us for advice or to ask for more information, we will be happy to answer any questions.

Useful links:

Share


RSS

More Articles…

Categories …

Tags

RSS darkreading

RSS Full Disclosure

  • BACKDOOR.WIN32.DUMADOR.C / Remote Stack Buffer Overflow (SEH) April 19, 2024
    Posted by malvuln on Apr 19Discovery / credits: Malvuln (John Page aka hyp3rlinx) (c) 2024 Original source: https://malvuln.com/advisory/6cc630843cabf23621375830df474bc5.txt Contact: malvuln13 () gmail com Media: twitter.com/malvuln Threat: Backdoor.Win32.Dumador.c Vulnerability: Remote Stack Buffer Overflow (SEH) Description: The malware runs an FTP server on TCP port 10000. Third-party adversaries who can reach the server can send a specially […]
  • SEC Consult SA-20240418-0 :: Broken authorization in Dreamehome app April 19, 2024
    Posted by SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab via Fulldisclosure on Apr 19SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab Security Advisory < 20240418-0 > ======================================================================= title: Broken authorization product: Dreamehome app vulnerable version:
  • MindManager 23 - full disclosure April 19, 2024
    Posted by Pawel Karwowski via Fulldisclosure on Apr 19Resending! Thank you for your efforts. GitHub - pawlokk/mindmanager-poc: public disclosure Affected application: MindManager23_setup.exe Platform: Windows Issue: Local Privilege Escalation via MSI installer Repair Mode (EXE hijacking race condition) Discovered and reported by: Pawel Karwowski and Julian Horoszkiewicz (Eviden Red Team) Proposed mitigation:...
  • CVE-2024-31705 April 14, 2024
    Posted by V3locidad on Apr 14CVE ID: CVE-2024-31705 Title : RCE to Shell Commands" Plugin / GLPI Shell Command Management Interface Affected Product : GLPI - 10.X.X and last version Description: An issue in Infotel Conseil GLPI v.10.X.X and after allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code via the insufficient validation of user-supplied input. […]
  • SEC Consult SA-20240411-0 :: Database Passwords in Server Response in Amazon AWS Glue April 14, 2024
    Posted by SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab via Fulldisclosure on Apr 14SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab Security Advisory < 20240411-0 > ======================================================================= title: Database Passwords in Server Response product: Amazon AWS Glue vulnerable version: until 2024-02-23 fixed version: as of 2024-02-23 CVE number: - impact: medium homepage: https://aws.amazon.com/glue/ found:...
  • [KIS-2024-03] Invision Community <= 4.7.16 (toolbar.php) Remote Code Execution Vulnerability April 11, 2024
    Posted by Egidio Romano on Apr 10------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Invision Community
  • [KIS-2024-02] Invision Community <= 4.7.15 (store.php) SQL Injection Vulnerability April 11, 2024
    Posted by Egidio Romano on Apr 10-------------------------------------------------------------------- Invision Community
  • Multiple Issues in concretecmsv9.2.7 April 11, 2024
    Posted by Andrey Stoykov on Apr 10# Exploit Title: Multiple Web Flaws in concretecmsv9.2.7 # Date: 4/2024 # Exploit Author: Andrey Stoykov # Version: 9.2.7 # Tested on: Ubuntu 22.04 # Blog: http://msecureltd.blogspot.com Verbose Error Message - Stack Trace: 1. Directly browse to edit profile page 2. Error should come up with verbose stack trace […]
  • OXAS-ADV-2024-0001: OX App Suite Security Advisory April 11, 2024
    Posted by Martin Heiland via Fulldisclosure on Apr 10Dear subscribers, We&apos;re sharing our latest advisory with you and like to thank everyone who contributed in finding and solving those vulnerabilities. Feel free to join our bug bounty programs for OX App Suite, Dovecot and PowerDNS at YesWeHack. This advisory has also been published at https://documentation.open-xchange.com/appsuite/security/advisories/html/2024/oxas-adv-2024-0001.html. […]
  • Trojan.Win32.Razy.abc / Insecure Permissions (In memory IPC) April 11, 2024
    Posted by malvuln on Apr 10Discovery / credits: Malvuln (John Page aka hyp3rlinx) (c) 2024 Original source: https://malvuln.com/advisory/0eb4a9089d3f7cf431d6547db3b9484d.txt Contact: malvuln13 () gmail com Media: twitter.com/malvuln Threat: Trojan.Win32.Razy.abc Vulnerability: Insecure Permissions (In memory IPC) Family: Razy Type: PE32 MD5: 0eb4a9089d3f7cf431d6547db3b9484d SHA256: 3d82fee314e7febb8307ccf8a7396b6dd53c7d979a74aa56f3c4a6d0702fd098 Vuln ID: MVID-2024-0678...

Customers

Newsletter

{subscription_form_1}