White Paper Identifies Deep & Dark Web Data as Essential Source of Context for Threat Intelligence Programs

Presents Applications for Cyber Security, Fraud, Insider Threat, Physical Security, Brand Protection, and Vendor Risk Management Teams

Jul 15, 2015, 10:40 ET from Flashpoint

NEW YORK, July 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Flashpoint, the leading commercial provider of data, intelligence, and insights from the Deep & Dark Web, released a new white paper that reviews the benefits—and ultimate necessity—of integrating the rich data from the underbelly of the Internet into a comprehensive threat intelligence program.

The current state of threat intelligence is highly reactive. With Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) not typically shared with the broader community until after an attack is forensically analyzed, security teams are left waiting to be informed of an attack or breach before being able to take measures against those particular IOCs. Then, these teams need to wait for the next discovered attack and release of IOCs before taking action once again. Security professionals must empower themselves with data from the Deep & Dark Web to gain preemptive insights into the efforts and initiatives of criminals and malicious actors and respond accordingly.

The white paper, "Illuminating the Deep & Dark Web," explains how the data from this part of the Internet can be used to produce Indicators of Context (IOCXs), which can significantly enhance IOCs by offering contextual intelligence about the actors behind that compromise as well as associated actors who may be targeting the same or similar organizations. Answering the questions of who, what, where, when, why, and how an actor operates, security teams can subsequently use these IOCXs to understand current threats more comprehensively as well as be forward-thinking and proactive about future threats.

"Security teams without a mature Deep & Dark Web monitoring solution remain blind to critical data about their adversaries which limits their effectiveness in preventing and mitigating threats," advised Matt Wong, Director of Intelligence at Flashpoint. "Fortunately, enacting a Deep & Dark Web monitoring program equips those same teams with a powerful tool to glean greater insight into their threat landscape and make better informed decisions to protect their company and customers."

To download a complimentary copy of the white paper, please visit flashpoint-intel.com.

About Flashpoint

Flashpoint illuminates the Deep and Dark Web. A pioneer in providing intelligence from these areas of the Internet, Flashpoint's software and data services help companies, governments, and consumers enhance their cyber and physical security. The company's unique blend of subject matter expertise and software engineering has changed the way meaningful and actionable intelligence is gleaned from the previously unmapped regions of the Internet. Flashpoint is backed by TechOperators, Greycroft Partners, K2 Intelligence, Bloomberg Beta, and Cisco Investments.

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