Historically, the U.S. government has relied almost solely on its own intelligence analysis to inform strategic decisions. This has been especially true surrounding geopolitical events and nation-level cybersecurity situations.
However, the explosion of assets being connected to the internet, along with the fact that most critical infrastructure is owned by private sector organizations, means that commercially developed cyber threat intelligence is being generated at a faster pace than ever before.
In the Russia/Ukraine conflict, we saw how commercially generated satellite intelligence played a critical role in alerting the public and ensuring our allies were ready for an invasion. At LookingGlass, we believe commercial threat intelligence can provide similar anticipatory insight – and that it can be shared more easily and quickly than intelligence generated solely by the U.S. government.
Ultimately, the public and private sectors need to work together to protect the interests of the American people. Currently, both private industry and academia are targeted by foreign adversaries, just as are government agencies. This means that commercial entities also have access to adversary tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) and indicators of compromise, and they have that access from a different perspective, which is valuable intelligence for the government.
LookingGlass dives into this topic on the Cyberwire-X podcast, released on December 11, 2022. Bryan Ware, our Chief Executive Officer, talks with Cyberwire-X co-host Dave Bittner why the U.S. government needs commercial cyber threat intelligence now more than ever before and how both the public and private sectors will benefit from closer, trusted cyber partnerships.