Threat Intelligence with MISP: Part 1 — What is MISP?

Adam Goss
7 min readSep 11, 2023
Threat Intelligence with MISP

Cyber threat intelligence (CTI) is the art of gathering, analyzing, and understanding information about cyber security threats. It involves collecting data, transforming it into actionable intelligence, and distributing it to key stakeholders to improve your organization’s security posture.

To do this effectively, you need a platform to store and analyze the intelligence you collect. You could choose anything from a simple Excel spreadsheet to a custom-made SQL database with a web GUI. However, the defacto solution in the world of CTI is MISP, an open-source threat intelligence platform designed for ingesting, analyzing, and sharing intelligence.

This article describes MISP, its key features and capabilities, and how it is used by threat intelligence analysts, security researchers, and incident responders. It also details resources where you can learn how to use the platform. That said, this is just the first installment in a series of how to get up and running with MISP. Read on to discover what you will learn by following this series.

Overview

MISP (Malware Information Sharing Platform and Threat Sharing) is an open-source threat intelligence platform that allows you to share, collate, analyze, and distribute threat intelligence. It is used by finance, healthcare, telecommunications, government, and technology organizations to share and analyze information about the latest threats. Security researchers, threat intelligence teams, incident responders, and the wider cyber security community all use MISP to collaborate in their defensive efforts.

The platform provides a structured and standardized framework for collecting, storing, and sharing threat intelligence data, enabling collaboration and enhanced defense against cyber threats. It has mappings with existing threat intelligence frameworks (e.g., MITRE ATT&CK, CAPEC, etc.) and strong integrations with security products (e.g., CrowdStrike Falcon, Intel471, etc.). MISP is the defacto open-source threat intelligence platform mature organizations use to track threats and collaborate.

Key Features and Capabilities

MISP boasts a range of features to aid in collecting, analyzing, and distributing threat…

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Adam Goss

Helping demystify cyber threat intelligence for businesses and individuals | CTI | Threat Hunting | Custom Tooling