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What is Cyber Threat Intelligence?

What is Cyber Threat Intelligence?

Cyber threat intelligence (CTI) is a collection of current and historic data regarding cyber threats and attacks on an organization. CTI helps cybersecurity teams analyze past and present threats to protect an organization's digital and physical assets.

What is Cyber Threat Intelligence?

CTI is the detailed collection and analysis of information about past, present, and potential cyber threats and attacks that helps organizations understand and mitigate risks to their systems and applications. In the healthcare industry, where data breaches carry significant risks, CTI provides a strategic advantage by safeguarding institutions against cyber threats and providing secure interoperability.

Types of Cyber Threat Intelligence

CTI is categorized into several types based on its application within a business:

  • Strategic cyber threat intelligence provides high-level insights into the broader trends and motivations behind cyber threats to keep non-technical stakeholders informed.

  • Tactical cyber threat intelligence focuses on the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) used by threat actors so security teams have immediate, practical knowledge they can use to implement effective defensive mechanisms against threats like ransomware.

  • Operational cyber threat intelligence is in-depth information about specific attacks or campaigns, their nature and timing, and the potential implications of imminent or ongoing threats.

  • Technical cyber threat intelligence is the most granular type of intelligence. It focuses on indicators of compromise (IoCs) such as malicious URLs, IP addresses, hashes, and malware signatures.

Benefits of Cyber Threat Intelligence in Healthcare

Adopting CTI in healthcare IT can significantly enhance an organization's security posture and protect EHR and EPM systems by providing:

  • Proactive threat prevention. CTI allows for early detection and mitigation of potential security threats.

  • Resource optimization. Cyber threat intelligence helps organizations use, optimize, and effectively allocate security resources.

  • Enhanced compliance. With CTI, healthcare organizations can improve compliance with health data protection regulations like HIPAA.

Cyber Threat Intelligence Best Practices

These best practices can help your organization maximize the benefits of cyber threat intelligence:

  • Understand which assets are most critical to your business and the types of threats most likely to target your sector.

  • Integrate CTI across all functions so threat data informs:

    • Threat detection

    • Response strategies

    • Risk analysis

    • Preventive measures.

  • Establish a review process to continuously improve your threat intelligence capabilities. 

  • Use automated tools to generate solid data and human analysis to accurately interpret and contextualize the data.

Let TempDev Support Your Cyber Security Strategy

TempDev understands today's organizations' healthcare security concerns. Unsure about your EHR, EPM, or ERP systems? Our NextGen consultants, developers, and trainers are here to support your cybersecurity needs as you as you implement or upgrade; no matter how complex. Whether you're looking for systems that can provide threat intelligence, network security, or data privacy, we can help you find the best solution with the features you need.

Contact us online or call 1.888.TEMP.DEV   (888.836.7338) to learn how we can help you protect your healthcare organization from tomorrow's threats today.

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