Organizational protection on the modern Internet is no longer limited simply to social media and policing blogs to insert positive comments or detecting a typosquatted domain. Nowadays, a as security team analyst, you are serving as a compliment to digital marketing and PR teams, and you must be proactive in monitoring threats to the organization in order to catch threats in their infant stages and prevent them from growing into viable threats to the entire organization and its operations. We’ve put together a threat monitoring checklist to help you get started.
Threat monitoring may not be at the top of of your list of necessary tasks, but with the rise of the Internet as the global hub for communication, organization, and commerce itself, you and your security & risk management team must adopt a full-spectrum approach in their goal of securing your organization.
Threat monitoring can take many forms, from protecting the name of the company in the face of legitimate missteps to rooting out campaigns that target the organization. Therefore, security intelligence should encompass the full range of threat potential, starting with the formation of potential threats via interactions that occur on the Internet.
Let’s take a look at some of the necessary check boxes you need to cover in a comprehensive threat monitoring strategy that properly protects your organization with 24 x 7 real-time situational awareness. This should be your basic threat monitoring checklist.
Threats To Board Members and C-Suite
Detect and mitigate executive threats at the principle and family members:
- Negative posts mentioning principles.
- Undiscovered or insecure social media profiles.
- Over-sharing and pattern of life disclosure.
- Breaking events in proximity to principles.
- Safety and security of content directed at principles.
Detect and mitigate the organizational physical threats:
- Physical threats against employees, places and assets.
- Interruption to business operation, events and supply chain.
- Disgruntled posts from current or former employees.
- Understand dangerousness of posts from actors with prior incidents.
- Operational disruption from non-malicious hazards.
Detect and mitigate the following cyber threats:
- Impersonation of brand or product digital presence.
- Undiscovered and mis-configured shadow-IT and cloud assets.
- Leaks of confidential and proprietary information.
- Interruption to digital presence and third-party vendors.
- Vulnerabilities associated to the brand, product or organization.
Detect and mitigate the following reputation threats:
- Fake reviews, complaints and inaccurate press coverage.
- Breaking events, incidents and threat actor campaigns.
- Organization policy violations.
- Regulatory compliance incidents.
- Shared and de-conflicted intelligence across the organization.
Implementing Your Threat Monitoring Checklist
Unfortunately, threat intelligence software these days can do one or two of the things listed above really well, but lack greatly in the other areas, meaning that brand, marketing, security and hr teams must purchase a litany of software applications and then invest time and effort to make them all function together properly.
It’s hard to avoid the countless news stories impacting people from threat actors being successful in the malicious endeavors. With DigitalStakeout, all of the above options and more coming in a single package, your team (whether large or small) the capability to understand and investigate threats as they develop, not after the fact. Built with coverage, detection and alerting in mind, DigitalStakeout’s Scout integrates seamlessly into any environment. Scout handles the difficult tasks under the hood, with minimal setup time, leaving precious time for you and your team to focus on keeping your people, places and brands safe and trustworthy.