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The Threat Landscape Assessment (TLA) answers four critical questions for your organisation:

• WHO: The threat actors inclined to attack your organisation.
• HOW: The tactics and techniques they typically employ
• WHY: The objectives they are likely to pursue in their attacks.
• WHERE: The resources and personnel they are likely to target

A TLA is available as a one-off ‘point in time’ assessment or a continuous programme of active monitoring of your threat landscape, the TLA ensure your resources are best-placed to counter cyber threats as they emerge.

What Are The Benefits Of A Cyber Threat Landscape Assessment?

A TLA will help your organisation to answer the following key questions:

  • Who are my real adversaries?
  • What are their tactics, techniques and procedures?
  • How do I defend against them?
  • Where do opportunities lie?
  • Is my security posture commensurate to my threat profile?
  • What threats are of significance to my industry vertical?
A Threat Landscape Assessment provides value add to a cybersecurity risk assessment, by reducing uncertainty and providing critical situational awareness of the shifting cybersecurity threat landscape, while aiding in identifying probable threats and opportunities to reduce the risk of a real attack.

Problem & Solution

The primary purpose of threat intelligence is helping organisations understand the risks of the most common and severe threats; this encompasses Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), criminal fraud and damage, state-sponsored espionage and the threat actors which specialise in these activities.

This corpus of information is commonly referred to as the organisation’s ‘Threat Landscape’, and can be invaluable as a steering or driving force towards effective targeting and validation of cybersecurity transformation programs.

A TLA meets this need by reviewing the position of an organisation with respect to the emerging cyber threat landscape. TLA outputs are a customised solution for you and your organisation, providing industry insights with deep analysis of the specific tools, techniques, and threat actors providing in-depth information about specific threats to help your organisation protect itself from the types of attacks that could do the most damage.

About The Service

To produce a TLA, the analysts conduct Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) reconnaissance in a manner consistent with the methods employed by real-world threat actors when researching their prospective targets. This activity enables organisations to perceive themselves through the lens of their likely adversaries, and to gain critical insight into where resources can be best placed to meet the risks presented by the prevailing threat landscape.

Threat Intelligence analysts are fully able to emulate the known reconnaissance patterns and techniques of real-world threat actors in the cyber threat landscape, in order to offer your organisation with the insight into the way malicious parties would perceive and target your organisation.
This insight is key, as traditional network boundaries are steadily dissolving through cloud adoption and users are increasingly sharing more and more about their personal and working habits, broadening the attack surface far beyond the scope of traditional network defence.

TLA reporting provides you with clarity and quantifies identified threats, informing future cybersecurity policy and investment, enabling maximal returns from resources by targeting efforts where it is most likely to be useful.

Why LRQA Nettitude

Quite simply, to protect your company effectively you need to draw a picture of your organisation, through the lens of an attacker. A LRQA Nettitude TLA cyber threat assessment provides this insight using advanced reconnaissance across thousands of data sources to identify previously unknown threats that could be used against your organisation in a cyberattack.

LRQA Nettitude leverage a wide range of sources across OSINT, commercial threat intelligence and internally-developed closed-source intelligence to provide an exceptionally-detailed and thorough breakdown of current threat actor techniques, objectives, and targeting patterns.

To best meet our customers objectives, LRQA Nettitude have pioneered an advanced approach to cyber threat intelligence, according to the Three-Tier Acquisition Model;By application of this approach, LRQA Nettitude intelligence analysts are able to fine-tune and customise traditional threat intelligence outputs to your organisation’s specific areas of concern, regional or industrial regulatory requirements, and to add critical assurance and confidence to intelligence findings.

This model serves to advise and empower your organisation to understand where an attack is likely to come from, which will maximise your organisations effectiveness to detect and respond to threats, but also serve to inform and guide traditional ‘blue team’ defences.

Whether your requirement is at a technical indicator (tactical), general awareness (operational) or board-level decision making (strategic) level, LRQA Nettitude are able to deliver the right outcome for your organisation.

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