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  • The plethora of 2017 cyber security predictions do nothing but distract practitioners from executing actual controls and methods of defense and prevention. Each year we get slammed with predictions that aret71training never followed, are common sense, and serve to market and sell products and services. The so-called information and cyber security experts, many times self-proclaimed, spew predictions on all potential areas. This is not much more than fake news and methods to direct readers to vendor products. The vendor products that claim to solve these predictions and therefore, become self-fulfilling prophecies. For the most part, once the predictions are published, the follow-up to their success is non-existent. Their purposes are to market and sell, drive perception, manage the market, and drive a false sense of vendor expertise.

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    We should focus on actual problem resolution and change the failed paradigm within which security exists. We continue to propagate vendor products and services that do not work, only treating the symptoms. This is not much different from the pharmaceutical industry that markets pills to you each evening during the news and prime time. Pills that treat symptoms and cause more side effects than they do solve issues. Advertisements that drive up the cost of the product manipulating the market and those that prescribe the 'solutions' to recommend purchase.

    The only way we change this paradigm, and I mean we, is to push back on these vendors to solve problems and quit selling products that treat symptoms. We must also correct our own internal behaviors. A few weeks ago, I published a potential list of 12 items to change this paradigm (the 12th is a shameless plug so 11). They are listed below.

    We need to forget the Jerry Springer-like entertainment of annual cyber predictions and focus on solving the hard problems we face.

    What does Treadstone 71 seek? We seek an end to the noise and an understanding that our information, our intellectual property, and our way of life is under constant siege. We are in a cyber war with skirmishes and battlesoccurring 24x7. We need to direct the carpetbaggingvendors to cease in their war profiteering and take a moral stance in fighting our adversaries. We also need to correct and adjust how we run IT and information security. The list of 11 is below. We welcome your comments, your additions, and your assistance in this call to action to change the failed paradigm.

     

  • We are nothing like competitors who are rooted in defensive posture actions with a pedigree in reverse engineering malware and providing defensive solutions for that malware. Most come from anti-virus and law enforcementInterestedinyour success
    backgrounds where 'see, detect, and arrest' is their mantra. They offer technology solutions based upon this method of protection. Although they do provide information on adversaries, the information is based on the technology. Most are VC funded and need to sell product and do so as a lead requirement. Technology is not the solution only a tool. Treadstone 71 is profitable without VC overhead and have only your best interests at hand. We are not an MSSP. Treadstone 71 does not sell product. We are independent of technology companies and not beholden to venture capital overhead. We are not cyber carpetbaggers.

    What Treadstone 71 provides is a full-spectrum solution that takes the information you provide in your SOC and incident response functions combining that with complete political, economic, social, technological, environmental, legislative, industrial, educational, and religious aspects of the adversary as well as adversary dossiers and organizational structures. What you receive from Treadstone 71 is detailed information and intelligence on your adversary that far surpasses the technical realm. Where Treadstone 71 service excels is in the ability to provide you with techniques, methods, capabilities, functions, strategies, and programs to not only build a fully functional intelligence capability, but a sustainable program rooted in stakeholder requirements and needs.  Treadstone 71 is rooted in strong military and intelligence community backgrounds.

    Sample areas of the Treadstone 71 difference: 

    • we help you improve your incident detection, prevention, and response developing feedback to improve your cyber defenses
    • we assist you in using you threat intelligence to help automate security operations and remediation actions enhancing your operational tradecraft
    • we guide you in the building of a centralized threat intelligence service that guides cybersecurity activities of other organizational units
    • we drive efficiencies and effectiveness in risk management
    • we operationalize your threat intelligence from little to no processes to mature procedures, standard operating procedures, and workflows
    • we ensure integration between all things PESTELI +R+E+ and existing technologies in your SOC
    • we ensure you understand how to define credibility and relevance of your threat intelligence feeds that leads to truly actionable intelligence
    • we assist you in understanding your attack surface and online footprint from websites to social media to the darknet creating new opportunities for targeted intelligence collection
    • we help identify, infiltrate, and track adversaries providing information where and when possible to prevent attacks
    • we understand geopolitical factors that helps prepare your cyber environment for current and future contingencies
    • we learn the priorities of your adversaries and help you define a more assertive cyber posture for your organization
    • we tailor strategies and programs based upon your organizational needs and the needs of leadership
    • we teach and embed cyber intelligence tradecraft in your organization that is lasting following structured techniques proven in the intelligence community
    • we educate and drive situational awareness through table top exercises based upon proven military methods adopted for commercial organizations
    • we identify adversary front companies, their means, motives, and targets
    • we look at adversary’s skills, motivation, maliciousness, types of adversaries, level of automation and rate, informational impacts, targets, defensive measures, adversary course(s) of action, operational impact, line of business impact, and attack vectors
    • we create and maintain a presence on their virtual soil using virtual HUMINT methods to help identify your attack surface, your digital footprint
    • we know methods of collection, organization/production, structured analytic techniques, how to determine source credibility, communicate gaps and confidence levels, analyze using standard methods of inference, deductive and inductive reasoning, apply clear process for critical thinking, and deliver product in standard analytic writing methods that is clear and concise
    • we have been penetrating adversary sites, forums and social media since 2004 using both active and passive methods of cyber engagement – we have been in business since 2002
    • we listen

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  • Treadstone 71 Cyber Intelligence Program - Align with the needs of leadership - Force Multiplier Advisory Services

    Years ago, Treadstone 71 crafted a series of training classes at the Master's level for students eager to learn about cyber intelligence. Since then, Treadstone 71 continued to hone the courses to current events and organizational needs.  Organizations need training in cyber intelligence. All too often we find a dire lack of understanding outside of collection. Most organizations have staff that are proficient at collecting data well. But the next steps in the cyber intelligence lifecycle is lacking. Our training solves that problem providing students with the tools necessary to organize, produce, analyze and deliver recommendations and opportunities to leadership.  

     

  • All the technology and all the technical staff does not an effective report make. Treadstone 71 Reporting and Briefs Service answers our clients and our client’s stakeholders key questions. We deliver new insights and further your understanding of the issues. Our services clearly and accurately present all forces and dynamics at play while articulating a clear line of analysis.

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    • This includes integrating, evaluating, and analyzing all available data—which is often fragmented and even contradictory—and distilling it into the final intelligence products, which highlight information on topics of immediate importance or make long-range assessments.
    • Analysts, who are subject-matter specialists, absorb incoming information, evaluate it, produce an assessment of the current state of affairs within an assigned field or substantive area, and then forecast future trends or outcomes.
    • They integrate data into a coherent whole,put the evaluated information in context, and produce finished intelligence that includes assessments of events and judgments about the implications of the information for your organization.

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    • Use structured analytic techniques and types of analysis
    • Analysts are encouraged to include alternative futures in their assessments and to look for opportunities to warn about developments abroad that could either provide threats to or opportunities for organizational security and policy interests.
    • Analysts also develop requirements for the collection of new information. From analysis, we move to analytic writing.

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Ironically, said Bardin, it was Stuxnet that led Iran to enhance its offensive capability: ‘If Stuxnet had happened to the US or UK, it would have been seen as an act of war. In Iran, it made them invest heavily in offensive cyber operations.’

He revealed that 18 percent of Iranian university students are studying computer science – a cyber warfare talent pool.

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