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Optimising cyber threat intelligence for your organisation
As the sophistication and capabilities of cyber threat actors increase, so does the need for cyber threat intelligence (CTI). Most organisations, however, do not have the resources for a large CTI team. Organisations can offset this disparity by optimising resources and focusing on what really matters. Even one CTI analyst can make a significant difference for an organisation by identifying business assets, aligning those assets to potential threats, and then working with cyber security components to prioritise detection and mitigation efforts. Getting to know the organisation and working with key stakeholders to build priority intelligence requirements will help a CTI team identify where to effectively focus its efforts. A small CTI team must also find force multipliers internal and external to the organisation, tailor deliverables and manage expectations. By following these guidelines, a CTI function will help move the cyber security posture of an organisation from reactive to proactive and gain an advantage over the adversary.
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Christina Girtz is a threat intelligence professional focused on protecting businesses from physical and cyber-related threats to their personnel, organisation and network. With over ten years’ intelligence experience in the private sector, government and military, Christina understands the complex and dynamic threat landscape and what it takes to secure an organisation and its resources from a variety of threats. She has directly provided multiple private and public sector organisations and associated leadership with tailored threat intelligence. Christina is currently the senior threat intelligence manager at General Mills. She previously worked in cyber threat intelligence at Target and at the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence and Analysis. She currently serves as an intelligence officer in the Minnesota Air National Guard. Christina holds a CISSP and a Master’s in intelligence studies from APUS.