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Threat Assessment in the Age of the APT

Published: 13 May 2014

ID: G00261472

Analyst(s): Anton Chuvakin


The threat assessment process makes use of threat intelligence in order to determine which threats are relevant to an organization. It identifies threat types, specific threats and even explicit threat actors to include in risk management processes.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Understand Threat Assessment Concepts
    • Define Threat and Threat Actor
    • Define Threat Assessment
    • Refer to Compliance in Threat Assessment
    • Decide What Level of Threat Assessment You Need
  • Assess the Overall Threat Landscape
    • Review Reports and Publication on the Overall Threat Landscape
    • Pick an Approach to Threat Classification
    • Focus on Threat Capabilities and Intents
  • Gather and Evaluate Threat Assessment Resources
    • Gather External Resources
    • Engage Security and Other Groups Inside the Organization
    • Undertake Preparation and Planning Activities
  • Gather and Integrate Threat Intelligence
    • Utilize Threat Actor Profiles
    • Do Not Fear Threat Actor Attribution
  • Execute a Threat Assessment Process
    • Adopt a Threat Assessment Process Model
  • Use Threat Assessment Results in Risk Management
  • Refine Threat Assessment Process


Risks and Pitfalls

  • Focusing on Technical Details Alone
  • Missing the Threat Altogether
  • Neglecting the Insider Threat
  • Partners May Not Only Be a Threat, but Also a Way In
  • Overanalyze — Never Prioritize
  • Threats? Got to Block It!
  • Assuming Perfection in Threat Assessment


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