Cybercriminals attempt attacks on organizations every day. Most often, these attacks catch the victim organization off-guard, or underprepared. While cybercriminals do engage in random attacks, often, the victim has been targeted. In these cases, the hacker has most likely been plotting the attack for quite a while and knows their target perfectly. They know what they’re searching for, and over the past few years, these criminals have become more innovative in their approaches. By using new methods, they have been able to shake up even the most secure organizations and create malicious chaos.

 

As advanced threats continue, the need for holistic, multi-layered threat prevention becomes increasingly critical. The different layers of a security solution must work together cohesively to detect, announce and prevent attacks, and to protect organizations from the most crafty of threats. A key element in this solution is dynamic, real-time collaboration and threat intelligence.

 

Cybercriminals are teaming up to exchange exploits and malware, posing a greater threat than they ever had before. Possibly the most dangerous thing about them is that they’re working together every day: coordinating attacks via social media, buying and selling malware and sharing information on new attack methods. Collaboration is their greatest asset. As criminal networks expand at a dangerous rate, organizations need to come together to combat these cyber villains.

 

Collaboration is a hackers’ strongest asset, so why can’t it also be the strongest asset to combat cybercrime? Organizations must collaborate as well, sharing both threat data and new methods to fight these evil-doers. It’s almost impossible for a single organization to have a complete picture of the threat landscape, so working together to share real-time knowledge is the most effective route to full protection.

 

Collaboration in Action

 

The fact is that even the most experienced teams and best technologies cannot predict what cybercriminals have in mind for their next attack. However, through collaboration, organizations can identify new attack patterns and share intelligence data, helping everyone be better prepared for battling evolving criminal tactics.

 

While information on past hacking events is valuable, information alone does not protect against threats. This threat data needs to be interpreted and converted into actionable protection that can be implemented on the security gateway. This is where collaboration and intelligence sharing can improve security posture.

 

There is a solution that enables collaboration and sharing of threat intelligence via feeds that provide up-to-the-minute protection called ThreatCloud IntelliStore. This is the first cyber intelligence marketplace that actively provides real-time protection to organizations. Threat intelligence from multiple industry-leading experts provides a vast selection of intelligence feeds based upon industry, attack types and geography to allow enterprises to have a greater understanding of the threats in their sector. By providing reports and data with visibility into the effectiveness of the selected intelligence feeds, organizations are able to have a clear vision of their growing security posture and participating organizations learn of newly discovered threats in time to block those attacks at the security gateway.

 

It’s safe to assume cybercriminals will continue to evolve their attack methodologies. In order to beat them at their own game, it is critical that companies leverage collaboration and intelligence tools to provide continually updated protection against sophisticated attacks. This brings the greatest strengths of each contributor to fight as a united front against cybercrime.

 

Collaboration and threat intelligence are essential pieces to achieve a multi-layered threat prevention strategy.  Learn more about how organizations can strengthen their security through implementation of advanced threat prevention by reading Stopping the Next Massive Cyberattack:  5 Steps to Stronger Security.