More enterprises are becoming dependent on threat intelligence programs, which identify and address vulnerabilities in cybersecurity. While the area of development is promising for innovation, many companies find themselves unable to staff key roles during the process. In a RSA Conference 2015 talk, Forrester Principal Analyst Rick Holland explained that developing a threat intelligence program requires the expertise and commitment to see it to maturity.
Holland says that many organizations misjudge the timeframe it requires to effectively "advance the maturity" of a threat intelligence program.
"Based on in-depth interviews he's conducted with nearly two dozen organizations using threat intelligence, he said it often takes 12 months to get a basic program off the ground and 18 to 24 months to begin to adopt a more strategic approach; a fully strategic program can take up to four years to build," explains Eric Parizo of the Tech Target Search Security blog.
Because many threat intelligence programs are built from the ground up, organizations require a high degree of customization to build and implement an appropriate system. Programs that are fledgling in their maturity haven't been thoroughly refined, so vulnerabilities are often present. Holland explains that threat intelligence programs require high compensation for experts with deep experience and knowledge about the field.
One of his recommendations is seeking talent with military and government intelligence backgrounds, as well as reaching out to local colleges and universities with cybersecurity programs. These tips can be helpful for populating key roles on threat intelligence teams, but executives still face a shortage of talent.
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