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FireEye’s Tom Topping: Cyber Threat Intelligence Could Help Agencies Zero In on Adversaries

Tom Topping

Tom Topping, senior director of strategic programs at FireEye (Nasdaq: FEYE), has said agencies should leverage cyber threat intelligence to manage risks and protect information technology systems from adversaries.

Topping wrote that security teams can determine potential attackers as well as their tactics, techniques and procedures used to compromise data or systems through cyber threat intelligence.

“Cyberthreat intelligence also reveals how threat actors have operated in the past, how they are operating now and how they will likely operate in the future,” he added.

He called on agencies to specifically identify systems and data that adversaries want to target and understand the possible consequences once those assets are breached.

“From an operational point of view, if an agency understands who’s going to come after its assets and how they’re going to do it, the IT team can make decisions about how to align its defensive cyber operations, tools and people against those risks,” he noted.

Topping said agencies should conduct an “internal review” to determine if their threat intelligence data helps achieve their desired outcomes.

They should also work with industry partners, the Department of Homeland Security and other government organizations to tap into their cyber threat intelligence, he added.

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