Introduction to Threat Intelligence

Threat intelligence is a crucial part of any cyber-security program, and there is a global shortage of threat intelligence analysts that is continuing to grow. This course introduces you to the skills necessary to function in this critical role.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Oct 8, 2019
Duration
1h 10m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Oct 8, 2019
Duration
1h 10m
Description

Threat intelligence is a critical component of cybersecurity and a tool that many companies don’t fully utilize. In this course, Introduction to Threat Intelligence, you will understand how critical threat intelligence analysis is to a company's overall security posture. Additionally you will learn how threat intelligence analysts provide vitally important data that enables defenders, managers, and executives to make timely and accurate decisions. First, you will understand what threat intelligence is, how it enhances all facets of a company's cyber-security program, and how it can be a major differentiator in today's hyper-competitive global marketplace. Next, you will learn the phases of the intelligence life cycle and how each phase is used to provide intelligence to the teams and leaders that need it most. Finally, you will learn about the various frameworks typically used and how they help guide decisions, shorten the information aggregation and dissemination timelines, and ultimately help organizations defend their networks from attack. When you are finished with this course, you will have a good understanding of what threat intelligence is, why every company needs skilled, competent analysts and who could (and should) be consuming the information.

About the author
About the author

Chris is a lifelong learner and professional information technologist, trainer and IT Manager. Married with 3 children, Chris is interested in martial arts, working out, spending time with family and friends and being creative whenever possible.

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Course Overview
Hey everyone. My name is Christopher Rees, and welcome to my course, Introduction to Threat Intelligence. I'm both a Pluralsight author and a senior IT ops leader with over 20 years of IT experience, both creating training and teaching students around the world, as well as managing teams and infrastructure that serves millions of customers and spans multiple data centers around the country. Prior to my career in IT, I was a police officer and detective specializing in computer crime investigations. Threat intelligence is a critical component of cybersecurity and a tool that many companies don't fully utilize. Threat intelligence aggregated information that feeds all pillars of a company's cybersecurity infrastructure. This information reduces reaction times and enables a shift from being reactive to being proactive. It provides defender teams, as well as senior leadership with timely, actionable intelligence that they can use to make decisions that have a huge impact on a company's ability to stay ahead of the growing sea of threats that will only continue to get bigger. So in this course, we're going cover the importance of threat intelligence analysis, the major components, and why this skill is so critical to a company's cybersecurity program. Some of the major topics we'll cover include what is cyberthreat intelligence, and why is it so important; the different types of intelligence, tactical, operational, and strategic; threat intelligence classifications and the phases of the intelligence lifecycle; and then also, the growing cybersecurity skills gap and how it's only getting bigger; lastly, we'll cover threat intelligence frameworks such as the Cyber Kill Chain, Diamond Model, NICE, and CREST frameworks. By the end of this course, you'll have a good understanding of threat intelligence analysis and what it means to your organization, and how vitally important it is to maturing and strengthening a company's security posture. Before beginning this course, you should be familiar with the general IT and cybersecurity concepts. From here, you should feel comfort digging deeper into threat intelligence analysis, the frameworks, and the tools commonly used. I hope you will join me on this journey to learn threat intelligence analysis with the Introduction to Threat Intelligence course here at Pluralsight.