Cyber intelligence is based on the search for and analysis of information aimed at preventing attacks or threats in the cyberspace. Manuel López Pérez, cybersecurity analyst at the BISITE Research Group participates in Module 5 of C1b3rWall Academy 2021 and has delivered a lecture on ” Introduction to Threat Intelligence”. The objective of this lecture is for students to understand what cyber intelligence is, why it is important, what types exist and how a cyber intelligence plan would be carried out.

As technologies advance so do the risks associated with cyberattacks. Cyber threat intelligence refers to the knowledge and skills based on the experience of cyber threats.

The goal of cyber intelligence is to help mitigate potential attacks and harmful events occurring in the cyberspace. This process begins with the collection of data and information about the threats coming from a variety of sources.

Why is cyber intelligence important?

Thanks to threat intelligence, which makes it possible to predict future attacks, organizers can take a proactive role. Without understanding security vulnerabilities, threat indicators and how threats are carried out, it is impossible to effectively combat cyberattacks.

Cyber intelligence solutions can be created through automated data collection and processing, taking structured data from other sources and providing context to the data. Therefore, if we are prepared and anticipate attacks instead of waiting for them, we can save big costs in the future by having increased network security.

A cybersecurity analyst is capable of classifying security incident data collected from different threat intelligence sources and of studying the pattern of attacks, their methodology, motive, severity and threat landscape.

Cyber threat intelligence has proven to be very beneficial at all levels. Understanding the threats allows us to respond quickly and specifically, as well as allocate resources. Therefore, I invite you to learn a little more about this topic in C1b3rWall Academy, at the following link you can register for free.

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Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.