Cyber attackers employ a wide variety of different methods and threats for the purpose of breaching systems and networks.  They continue to advance and develop the threats that they employ to be able to better exploit vulnerabilities.  While cyber attacks can vary in their methods and vector of attack, there is a commonality that is present in a majority of them.  That would be the fact that many of these attacks rely on human interaction to be able to breach an organization.  But at the same time, human interaction is also still vital in being able to prevent the success of attacks.

The Importance of a Human Element in Cyber Security

One may wonder how cyber attacks depend upon human interaction to be able to succeed.  One of the simplest examples of this is phishing campaigns.  These malicious attacks rely on fooling people with cleverly crafted emails purported as legitimate companies or individuals.  And in reality, these types of attacks cannot achieve anything without an individual opening a contained attachment, or clicking on a malicious link.  But, this situation can be viewed in another light as well – that human interaction is required to prevent these types of attacks. Staff within an organization must be properly educated in how to protect against cyber attacks, as this will increase prevention in the long run.

While there are a variety of processes and functions within cyber security that can typically be automated, a human element is still required for other needs.  Computers have the ability to regulate a large amount of processes, but they will never be able to truly replace the human element.  An example of this is within the realm of cyber security monitoring.  While the monitoring process can be automated to review, scan, and send alerts, there typically needs to be an analyst, IT professional, or third party vendor to review the results and alerts.  Human interaction is also required to assess and evaluate these alerts, and then handle them if they are identified as malicious actors.

The Need for Human Interaction in the Use of Cyber Intelligence

Yet another key area where human interaction is typically necessary is within the realm of cyber intelligence.  Once again, while there are various processes regarding cyber intelligence that can be automated, there are others where a human element produces the best result.  For instance, for the implementation of intelligence to be useful and effective, it must be applied.  A human is going to be the one to decide where intelligence is best directed, where it should be applied, etc.  The possession of intelligence has little value until it is actually implemented into various security components.

Cyber intelligence is one of the most valuable modern security tools, as it can help to proactively defend against a wide variety of threats actors.  It provides an organization with the patterns and indicators of various threats around the web, which allows them to then defend against these threats before they can attack. The advanced threats that are extant in today’s landscape need to be predicted and prevented, as many of them are adept at circumventing traditional reactive security methods.  The key is being able to identify current threats and implementing the indicators of said threats into cyber security systems, as this provides a proactive defense. There is also value in cyber intelligence of attacks that have happened, as this provides knowledge of methods and vectors that were used. As threats continue to be evolved and improved, an organization must be able to stay up to date in regard to the landscape. Massive Alliance’s cyber intelligence services can help an organization to stay several steps ahead of threats.