MGS+ Security Data Services – Intelligence: Technology Information and Data – MGS+ Report
Technology enables access to, in near-real-time, very large amounts of information relating to aspects of the operational environment (OE) Information is of greatest value when it contributes to the decision-making process by providing reasoned insight into future conditions or situations. Raw data by itself has relatively limited utility. However, when data is collected and processed into an intelligible form, it becomes information and gains greater utility.
Ultimately, intelligence has critical features that distinguish it from information. Intelligence allows anticipation or prediction of future situations and circumstances, and it informs decisions by illuminating the differences in available courses of action (COAs). Intelligence is not an exact science; intelligence analysts will have some uncertainty as they assess the OE. Intelligence, as the synthesis of quantitative analysis and qualitative judgment is subject to competing interpretation. Intelligence includes the organizations, capabilities, and processes involved in the collection, processing, exploitation, analysis, and dissemination of information or finished intelligence. Intelligence, however, is not an end in itself. To increase the operational relevance of intelligence, intelligence planners and managers should anticipate consumer needs. Thus, an examination of whether intelligence is effective or influential not only depends on the intelligence organizations, processes, and products, but must also examine users’ intelligence needs. Intelligence products provide users with the information that has been collected and analyzed based on their requirements. It is important to remember that because the OE is dynamic, intelligence is a continuous activity.
Intelligence – Goals Before Data
What systems, data, and other digital assets must be protected? How do you anticipate threat intelligence will help protect those assets? With which specific tactics are you expecting intelligence to help?
Intelligence – Framework Tools
Collecting: Ingesting threat data from the right sources. Processing: Turning the data into useful information. Analyzing: Turning the information into actionable intelligence.
Intelligence – Defined
Threat intelligence is the output of analysis based on identification, collection, and enrichment of relevant data and information. Always keep quantifiable business objectives in mind, and avoid producing intelligence “just in case.” Threat intelligence falls into two categories. Operational intelligence is produced by computers, whereas strategic intelligence is produced by human analysts. The two types of threat intelligence are heavily interdependent, and both rely on a skilled and experienced human analyst to develop and maintain them.