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January 12, 2024by Cybersixgill

2024 Predictions: The Rise of Contextual Cyber Threat Intelligence for Critical Decision-Making

In this week’s 2024 predictions, we explore how organizations’ shift to proactive cybersecurity and continued tool consolidation will underscore businesses’ need to operationalize CTI. This transition will be accelerated by new attack vectors and the adoption of ContinuousThreat Exposure Management (CTEM), making CTI an increasingly critical component of organizations’ efforts to detect, prioritize, and mitigate threats.

CSG-Prediction ThumbnailThreat actors continue to leverage advanced technologies to launch an unprecedented number of cyber attacks. To combat these attacks effectively, organizations must take a proactive approach to cybersecurity – which means they need actionable cyber threat intelligence (CTI). Armed with the actionable insights that CTI delivers, businesses are now beginning to understand its value in critical decision-making – particularly when intelligence and insights factor into an organization’s attack surface and business context. 

In Cybersecurity in 2024: Predicting the Next Generation of Threats and Strategies, we predict that in the next year, as the cybersecurity industry continues on the path of consolidation, CTI will blend with other capabilities, including attack surface management and digital risk protection, to deliver essential business context and greater value.

At the same time, we believe that CTI will gain prominence as a strategic enabler, providing key organizational stakeholders with a clear understanding of the organization’s risk posture. When enhanced with AI, contextual CTI empowers security teams to deploy strategic, operational, and tactical threat intelligence across the organization. The power of AI and contextual CTI helps cyber defenders minimize the mean time to detect and counter threats, protect assets, and drive smarter cybersecurity spending.

The growing adoption of CTI will also be driven by the movement towards Continuous Threat Exposure Management (CTEM), a holistic, proactive approach to cybersecurity of which CTI is a foundational component.

Gartner’s definition of CTEM is comprised of the following key elements:

  • Scoping the organization’s attack surface for vulnerable entry points and assets

  • Discovering assets and their risk profiles, including visible and hidden assets, vulnerabilities, misconfigurations, and other risks

  • Prioritizing the organization’s high-value assets with a plan of treatment to address them

  • Validating how attacks might work and how systems might react based on the treatment plan in step 3

  • Mobilizing people and processes and ensuring the CTEM plan is communicated well and understood clearly by the security team and business stakeholders

As CTEM gains traction, companies will need robust CTI solutions that supply teams with actionable insights into how they can reduce business and operational risk. 

Want to learn more about Cybersixgill’s insights and predictions for 2024 to keep your assets and stakeholders safe? Download Cybersecurity in 2024: Predicting the Next Generation of Threats and Strategies.

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