Companies can sometimes struggle to operationalize the constant churn of threat intelligence divvied from the cybersecurity community, whether it be independent researchers or enormous vendors like Microsoft. (Microsoft)

Having a solid cyber threat intelligence program in place will be more relevant than ever to organizations in 2021. More businesses are moving online, cybercrime like ransomware continues its meteoric rise, and state-backed advanced persistent threat groups are targeting the weakest links in the hardware and software supply chains to compromise targets downstream.

Such programs are becoming more and more prevalent in both the private and public sectors. In the 2020 version of the annual SANS Cyber Threat Intelligence Survey, which includes responses from hundreds of security professionals drawn from government, cybersecurity and tech companies and the banking and financial industries, about half of respondents reported having a dedicated team of employees focused on CTI. Nearly 61% said they relied on a mix of in-house personnel and third-party providers to fulfill their threat intelligence needs, up from 54% a year ago, while a small slice, about 8%, said a single employee was assigned to the task.

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