CYT245 - Threat Intelligence

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Subject Title
Threat Intelligence

Subject Description
With the growth of data collection emanating from the IoT and the network device data capturing, the management of this data usage becomes more and more challenging. This course focuses on the how to navigate the huge amount of data being collected, to analyze the data and determine which particular data elements can be used to identify the security threats for the systems associated with the collected data. The threats identified can take different forms including attacks that already taken place, attacks that are in progress and vulnerabilities of the existing system that can result in future attacks. The course will address how to detect and how to prevent system attacks based on analysis of the data presented.

Credit Status
One Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:


  1. Generate threat intelligence to detect, respond to, and defeat focused and targeted threats
  2. Apply structured analytical techniques for performing various types of threat intelligence
  3. Create Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) in formats such as YARA, OpenIOC, and STIX to find threat
  4. Asses information received externally to minimize the costs of bad intelligence
  5. Emphasis on various data collection techniques from multiple sources and feeds to collect adversary data and pivot off of it to make a better business decision
  6. Use various techniques for threat intelligence reporting and dissemination in order to get understanding of the threats
  7. Distinguish between operational and strategic threat intelligence reporting in order to achieve operation goal
  8. Utilize OSINT in threat intelligence.

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