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How to Utilize APT IoC to Do Proactive Defense?

2023.04.12Product Management
The use of Indicators of Compromise (IoC) is critical for effective enterprise cybersecurity operations. With the help of cybersecurity solution providers' extensive search for intrusion clues, IoC enables enterprises to identify and block intrusions, thereby minimizing losses.
Enterprises utilize IoC import into various network devices and software tools to establish monitoring across their entire environment. When an IoC is detected by a device or software, it triggers an alarm, allowing cybersecurity personnel to detect and deal with the threat by blocking, isolating, and clearing it.
In addition to general threat defense mechanisms, APT IoCs play a crucial role in preventing cyber attacks and enabling enterprises to make informed cybersecurity decisions in advance. APT IoCs are key indicators refined through complex incident investigations conducted by cybersecurity analysts and malware researchers. The output of each IoC represents a specific adversary and the methods employed by the adversary, providing valuable intelligence to strengthen cybersecurity posture.
APT IoC refers to the key indicators refined through complex incident investigations conducted by cybersecurity analysts and malware researchers. The output of each IoC represents a specific adversary and intrusion methods.
Take the IoC from ThreatVision(a powerful threat intelligence platform) as an example. Users can link IoC to three types of rich data built in the platform:
  1. Adversary database: Through adversary data, enterprises can understand the background and motivation of adversaries, and carry out defensive deployments for specific digital assets (such as specific servers, VMs, or databases) in advance.
  2. Malicious program database: The malicious program database can provide more technical details to help enterprise technicians choose correct and effective defense tools and deploy them properly.
  3. Threat intelligence report: Enterprises can also refer to the threat intelligence reports to confirm whether their own situation matches the description in the report. Also, enterprises can ensure their cyber defense deployment can defend recent cyber threats.
The correct APT IoC usage process should include the following steps:
  1. Properly deploy APT IoC in network equipment and cybersecurity software in the environment. Deployment is best done using automated tools to ensure completeness and consistency.
  2. When an alert occurs, it should be dealt with immediately, including blocking, quarantining, and removing malware. Timely action can reduce damage and risk.
  3. Once disposition is complete, a detailed investigation of the incident will be required. Collect the source and cause of IoC through the intelligence platform, and determine the identity and purpose of the attacker, and at the same time confirm how the relevant incident occurred in an industry with high homogeneity with itself. This helps enterprises better understand the attack methods and attack tools of adversaries, so that they can carry out targeted defense.
  4. Take targeted defense measures, including the correct selection and setting of cybersecurity tools, and the establishment of a more complete enterprise cybersecurity system. This helps to increase the security of the enterprise and protect the confidentiality of important data.

In Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) attacks, adversaries often target specific vulnerabilities in their target companies. To effectively defend against these attacks, enterprises need to have a comprehensive understanding of the adversaries and attackers behind them.
TeamT5 provides ThreatVision, a powerful threat intelligence platform, which offers an extensive database of adversaries in the Asia-Pacific region. This platform provides detailed and comprehensive threat intelligence reports in a narrative and paragraph style, enabling enterprises to quickly understand threat events and gain valuable experience in handling such events. Furthermore, the readability of these reports can improve the reporting efficiency of cybersecurity teams when communicating across teams.
The ThreatVision threat intelligence platform covers a wide range of content, including APT IoC which can link to ThreatVision's vast databases of adversaries, malware, and other threat intelligence reports to help enterprises gain a comprehensive understanding of cybersecurity threats and implement advanced deployment strategies. By leveraging ThreatVision's powerful features, enterprises can enhance their cybersecurity posture and protect themselves against the ever-evolving threat landscape.

Know yourself and the enemy, and you will never be imperiled in a hundred battles. On the road of cybersecurity, TeamT5 is your best partner.
2023.04.12Product Management

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