How OSINT Can Help Mitigate Cyberattacks

What is Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting digital assets like systems, networks, and programs, from unauthorized access and attacks. Cyberattacks can access and destroy sensitive information, extort money, or interfere with confidential business processes. Essentially, cybersecurity is a digital shield that prevents attackers from interrupting a firm’s workflow and protects confidential and sensitive information. 

How can OSINT Help Mitigate Cyberattacks?

Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) is publicly available data that can be gathered and analyzed for investigations or surveillance. By employing OSINT investigations to your regular workflow, firms can keep an eye out for risk indicators and improve responsiveness to potential security threats. Data collected and analyzed with OSINT can show digital footprints pointing in the direction of cyber breaches and potential attackers. 

OSINT can return information about inter-connected devices, email domains, compromised credentials, public records, and exploits archives. Social networking and social media sites can also identify potential attackers by evaluating connections between profiles. Oftentimes, attackers will secure publicly available information about a group of vulnerable employees and target them for a phishing or malware attack. 

Use case:

An increase in phishing emails alerted a law firm to risks of potential security breaches within their organization. The law firm contacted SMI Aware to search for the perpetrator using email domain names included in the phishing emails. SMI Aware used a combination of proprietary software combined with a certified analyst to perform a deep search into the email domain name online. SMI Aware was able to find social media and networking connections to the perpetrator resulting in an actionable defense response for the firm before a breach could occur. 

Preventing Cyber Attacks:

Preventing cyberattacks requires compliance by everyone in your organization. SMI Aware can help bring awareness to you and your organization about potential cybersecurity threats and data breaches. By managing risks of cyberattacks in the present, you can prevent the hardship of sensitive information leaks later. Contact SMI Aware to start your investigations to manage your company’s risk of potential security breaches.

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