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The Downsides of Cyber Threat Intelligence.

We’ve seen it all too often. Let’s run before we can walk mentality. Most often than not, organisations try to implement a cyber threat intelligence function before succeeding the basics. Why? Because it sounds cool, right? The problem here is that the information (I decline to call it intelligence) that is collected, often from regular news sources is not analysed appropriately to help make better decisions and this can then lead to a whole number of issues. 

We discuss some of those issues here. 


Implementing a CTI function can be expensive. It requires significant investment in technology, personnel, and training. CTI technology can be costly, and hiring and retaining skilled personnel with specialized knowledge in CTI can be challenging and expensive.


False Positives

 CTI may produce false positives, leading to unnecessary alerts and potentially distracting security teams from real threats. False positives can be frustrating for security teams and can lead to alert fatigue, where they begin to ignore or miss important alerts.


Over-reliance on CTI

 Organizations may become over-reliant on CTI, leading to a false sense of security. This can lead to complacency and neglect of other important security measures such as vulnerability management and patching. While CTI is an important part of a comprehensive security strategy, it should not be the sole focus.


Legal and Ethical Considerations

 Collecting and analyzing cyber threat intelligence may raise legal and ethical concerns. For example, there may be privacy concerns if an organization is collecting information about individuals without their knowledge or consent. Additionally, there may be legal implications if the organization is collecting information about threats from unauthorized sources.



 CTI can be complex, and it may require specialized knowledge to interpret and use the intelligence effectively. This can be a challenge for organizations with limited resources or for those that are not familiar with the technology.



 Collecting and analyzing cyber threat intelligence can be a time-consuming process. This can be a challenge for organizations with limited resources or for those that need to respond quickly to threats.


Inaccurate or Outdated Information

 CTI is only as good as the information it is based on. If the information is inaccurate or outdated, it can lead to incorrect decisions and wasted resources.


Information Overload

CTI can provide a vast amount of information, making it difficult for organizations to identify the most important and relevant intelligence. This can lead to information overload and make it challenging to prioritize actions.


Complexity of Integration

 Integrating CTI with existing security tools and infrastructure can be complex and time-consuming. This can be a challenge for organizations that lack the necessary expertise or resources.


Inadequate ROI

The ROI of a CTI function can be difficult to measure. While it may provide valuable insights, it can be challenging to quantify the benefits in terms of reduced risk or improved security posture.


In conclusion, while CTI can provide valuable insights into potential cyber threats, it is important to be aware of the potential downsides and consider them carefully before implementing a CTI function. Organizations should weigh the costs and benefits carefully to determine if it is the right decision for their specific needs.

ThreatInsights can help you manage the process of building and maturing a Cyber Threat intelligence function, we can help you you streamline processes and avoid the common pitfalls we often come across. To find out more information, contact us below. 


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