Now that you know what threat intelligence is and why it matters, let's take a look at the four main types of analyses. Strategic, tactical, technical, and operational intelligence all work together to keep your business safe on all fronts. Read on to learn more about these reports!
Strategic intelligence of cybersecurity threats is a broad term. It usually is reserved for less technical audiences and uses detailed trend/risk analyses to create a full picture of both the risks and possible ramifications of a cyberattack. It's intended to show the worst that can happen in the event of a security breach and therefore looks at broad impacts of threats.
Tactical threat intelligence is a bit more technical and specific than strategic intelligence is - it's meant to go to the people within an organization who focus specifically on protecting data and network information. It gives specific details on the tactics, procedures, and techniques of threat actors. Its primary purpose is helping organizations identify how hackers go about breaching data so experts can figure out how to combat these methods most efficiently.
Technical intelligence, as you likely guessed, is 100% for a technical audience. It looks into the technical clues that indicate that a threat may be beginning to compromise an organization, including phishing messages and viruses having installed themselves into machinery. This lets people know when a business is most susceptible to a breach so that experts can focus more energy on reducing its impact.
Operational cyberintelligence is specifically engineered for IT professionals. It helps them understand the way that specific cyberattacks work by discussing intent, timing, nature, and knowledge level of the hackers. This is the level of intelligence that can infiltrate hacker's private messages, so it's overall pretty comprehensive.