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In the last year, the attacks (and attackers) continue to be more brazen than ever. Numerous organizations are being affected by organized criminal groups who deploy ransomware and demand payment to unlock critical data and systems. In this threat landscape, the use of cyber threat intelligence (CTI) is becoming more important to IT security and response teams than ever before In the latest SANS Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) Survey, 94% of respondents said their organizations are now using CTI to some extent and the AlienVault Open Threat Exchange (OTX) was reported as the most commonly used standard.

Some of the key benefits reported by survey respondents using CTI were:

  • Better and more informed decisions (73%)
  • Improved visibility into threats (71%)
  • Faster and more accurate response (58%)
  • Reduced actual exposure of sensitive data & business outages (48%)
  • Reduced number of incidents through more intelligent blocking (39%)

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Dave Shackleford

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Dave Shackleford
Senior Instructor, SANS

Dave Shackleford is the owner and principal consultant of Voodoo Security and a SANS analyst, senior instructor, and course author. He has consulted with hundreds of organizations in the areas of security, regulatory compliance, and network architecture and engineering, and is a VMware vExpert with extensive experience designing and configuring secure virtualized infrastructures. He has previously worked as CSO for Configuresoft, CTO for the Center for Internet Security, and as a security architect, analyst, and manager for several Fortune 500 companies. Dave is the author of the Sybex book Virtualization Security: Protecting Virtualized Environments, as well as the coauthor of Hands-On Information Security from Course Technology. Recently Dave coauthored the first published course on virtualization security for the SANS Institute. Dave currently serves on the board of directors at the SANS Technology Institute and helps lead the Atlanta chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance.