Top 5 Cyber Threat Intelligence Lifecycle Challenges

Adam Goss
10 min readFeb 5, 2024
Threat Intelligence Lifecycle Challenges

The cyber threat intelligence lifecycle is a fundamental model for structuring intelligence work. Implementing it is difficult.

This article discusses the top five challenges you will face when using the threat intelligence lifecycle in the real world. You will discover the issues that can arise with the people, processes, and technology when trying to structure and organize your cyber threat intelligence, from having too much data to too little feedback. After each problem, I will detail solutions you can use to navigate around them and build the perfect intelligence lifecycle.

Before we jump into the challenges, here is a quick recap of the threat intelligence lifecycle to get you up to speed.

Threat Intelligence Lifecycle Recap

The Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) lifecycle provides a framework for organizing intelligence analysis. It is used to structure the collection, analysis, and distribution of threat data, transforming it into actionable intelligence that can be shared with key stakeholders in your organization.

The lifecycle includes six phases that serve as a blueprint for CTI analysts to follow when performing intelligence work or by CTI leads when designing processes for their teams. These six phases are:

  1. Planning: Defining the goals and key objectives of your intelligence work, including how you will collect, analyze, and share information to fulfill your organization’s intelligence requirements.
  2. Collection: Gathering information to answer the intelligence requirements you planned to fufil. This involves identifying relevant data sources to collect information from and storing it somewhere.
  3. Processing: Transforming raw data into information for analysis by cleaning, normalizing, and verifying the data is legitimate.
  4. Analysis: Turning the information gathered into actionable intelligence that answers your intelligence requirements. The intelligence produced helps your organization defend itself from cyber attacks or informs strategic decision-making.
  5. Dissemination: Sharing the intelligence with relevant stakeholders. Who you share intelligence with will depend on the type…

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Adam Goss

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