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The Operationalization of Threat Intelligence Programs

Intel 471 CEO Jason Passwaters on Out-of-the-Box Approach to Threat Intel Programs
Jason Passwaters, CEO, Intel 471

In the early days of threat intelligence, organizations were primarily consuming reports and linking things together. But now more entities are moving toward "operationalization out-of-the-box" for their threat intelligence programs, said Jason Passwaters, CEO of Intel 471.

"Operationalization is a course of action tied to a security risk use case," he said. "It could be threat hunting, third-party supplier security risk mitigation - there's a whole host of use cases - and then conducting that course of action to satisfy the use case," he said. For instance, for third-party vendor supplier security risk, "I need to understand the external situation and the risk of compromise with those and then marry those up so that I can assess the risk," he said.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2024, Passwaters also discussed:

  • The challenges organizations face in building their own threat intelligence programs;
  • How to operationalize threat intelligence programs to meet the needs of businesses;
  • The significance of Intel 471's recent acquisition of Cyborg Security.

At Intel 471, Passwaters is responsible for helping shape the overall strategy of the company and leading and supporting all facets of the company in the execution of its mission. He has over 24 years of experience, including building and running iSIGHT Partners - now FireEye - Global Research department, working in federal law enforcement to track some of the world's most sophisticated cybercriminals, and conducting tactical intel collection in support of combat and other military operations. Passwaters spent the first 12 years of his career in the U.S. Marine Corps.

About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, ISMG Productions

An experienced broadcast journalist, Delaney conducts interviews with senior cybersecurity leaders around the world. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website for The European Information Security Summit, or TEISS. Earlier, she worked at Levant TV and Resonance FM and served as a researcher at the BBC and ITV in their documentary and factual TV departments.

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