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Threat Intelligence: knowing to anticipate

Threat Intelligence has become an essential tool in the fight against cybercrime.

The Threat Intelligence market was valued at $5.54 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach $20.20 billion by 2027, with an average annual growth rate of 18.95 percent between 2020 and 2027*.  

Numerous solutions offering different types of Threat Intelligence have emerged to better respond to the security challenges facing companies. However, how do you choose the most appropriate solution for your security challenges? Focus. 

What is the purpose of Threat Intelligence?

Threat Intelligence can be defined as an extension of the security monitoring process but in a much more advanced way. It complements traditional approaches to security with an analysis based on attacker tracking. 

The objective? To continuously feed a database of threats and hackers to remain able to respond as quickly as possible to possible attacks, but also and above all, to anticipate new ones. To do this, Threat Intelligence teams collect and organize threats to establish complete profiles (attackers, sectors of activity affected, methods used, etc.) throughout the year. 

What Threat Intelligence is not

Threat Intelligence does not consider: 

  • obvious information about threats that could be detected without knowledge of them;  
  • information about vulnerabilities (although often provided by IT vendors). 

TI is not a dedicated incident response tool either, even though incident response teams benefit from Threat Intelligence feedback. The objective of a Threat Intelligence solution is to reduce operational risks to maintain or increase business profitability. It should not be an exhaustive knowledge of threats and their characteristics. On the contrary, optimizing the analysis of the data collected makes it possible to process only the most relevant information to provide the most targeted responses.  

What is the difference between data, information, and intelligence?

Threat Intelligence makes the following distinctions: 

  • DataAvailable in large quantities, data must be selectively extracted, organized, dated, and formatted to become information; 
  • Information: is produced when data points are combined to answer a simple question; 
  • Intelligenceis a combination of information and data that allows the reconstruction of a story or a sequence of events that can be useful for decision-making.  


  • From the operational environment of the system or external sources 
  • Available in large quantities but with a short lifespan 
  • Indiscriminately collected 
  • Can be true, false, deceptive 
  • Not actionable 


  • Combination of data points answering a simple question 
  • Not reviewed 
  • Filtered, organized, and formatted data outputs 
  • Can be true, false, deceptive 
  • Not actionable 


  • Combination of information and data answering a tricky question 
  • Verified by experts 
  • Collected from reliable sources, evaluated and cross-checked 
  • True and accurate 
  • Actionable 

Intelligence is a combination of information and data, allowing writing a story (a sequence of events) that can be useful for decision-making. 

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