Gartner Research

How to Select a Security Threat Intelligence Service

Published: 16 October 2013

ID: G00224158

Analyst(s): Rob McMillan, Kelly Kavanagh


High-quality, actionable information about the security threat environment requires specialized expertise and access that most enterprises cannot acquire cost-effectively themselves. Threat intelligence services can fill the gaps, but CISOs must assess their needs and providers' capabilities.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Ensure That You Have the Resources to Use an Intelligence Service Effectively
  • Have a Clear Understanding of How You Will Use the Intelligence Content
  • Decide Whether You Need Just the Intelligence Content, or Adjacent Services as Well
    • Intelligence Content
    • Adjacent Services
  • Understand the Strengths and Limitations of Individual Service Offerings
    • Considerations Around Content and Source
    • Considerations Around Service Commitment
  • Selection Criteria

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