PRODUCT REVIEW: Nisos OSINT Monitoring and Analysis

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Monitoring and tracking potential threats from the dark web, open source, and social media platforms to detect threats that could attack your organization is critical to ensure public and corporate safety and security. Yet many cybersecurity professionals, cybersecurity analysts, and researchers who collect and manage this type of open source intelligence (OSINT) lack the training, tools, and internal oversight needed to effectively thwart an attack.

Developing intelligence to satisfy each of these stakeholders requires vast and numerous datasets, a wide range of tools, and hard to find expertise, making DIY monitoring and analysis prohibitively costly. While vendors in the cybersecurity space have responded with threat data feeds and information platforms, each falls short of delivering finished intelligence and overwhelms teams with noisy alerts.

For this reason, the last decade has seen a dramatic rise in managed services adoption. Today, organizations use managed services to address a wide range of problems, from managing firewalls and networks, to endpoints and SIEMs.

Nisos OSINT Monitoring & Analysis
Open source intelligence (OSINT) refers to any information that can be gathered from sources such as the dark web, open source, and social media platforms to detect threats targeting businesses.

Nisos OSINT Monitoring and Analysis provides cybersecurity, protective security, and intelligence teams with contextualized, prioritized, and relevant findings from monitoring and analyzing the dark web, open source, and social media platforms. Their monitoring and analysis allow Nisos to provide recommendations that help identify threats, disrupt attacks, stop adversaries, and remediate risks.

Nisos offers OSINT Monitoring and Analysis as a managed service subscription service that delivers threat intelligence developed specifically for the client by experienced intelligence analysts.

There is no software or hardware to deploy. Clients sign up for a monthly or annual service plan. As soon as the subscription is active, Nisos Analysts will start their investigation. As a managed service, Nisos provides the people, process, and technology necessary to deliver actionable intelligence so that organizations can utilize internal resources most effectively and achieve positive outcomes.

Nisos is the first vendor to deliver client-specific threat intelligence as a managed service at scale, thereby delivering:

1 – Unmatched Open Source Collection Capabilities
Using an extensive stack of third-party and proprietary tools, Nisos collects and maintains a vast collection of content to query for mentions of the client, their brand, key personnel, or company assets. Nisos’ skilled analysts leverage aged personas to infiltrate closed forums and groups to better understand threat actors’ motives and plans.

2 – Expertise Across All Intelligence Domains
While most intelligence vendors provide cyber threat data, few cover the breadth of disciplines of Nisos. Their analysts are experts able to surface threats against a client’s reputation, evidence of fraud and platform abuse, physical threats, and the risk posed by third parties.

3 – Analyst Engagement and Client Success
Nisos places cyber experts at the center of each engagement, with each client interfacing with a lead analyst and a Client Success Director. Nisos Client Success Directors average over ten years of intelligence experience and serve as clients’ primary point of contact. Client Success Directors help clients navigate business requirements related to contracting, Nisos offerings, troubleshooting, and administrative needs. The Nisos team will prepare the client’s finished intelligence product and review their findings and recommendations.

CUSTOMIZED INTELLIGENCE FOR YOUR NEEDS

Vendors in the cybersecurity industry have developed OSINT collection products that make it possible to scrape and scan large data sets from the open and dark web. Typically delivered as a threat feed or platform, they are easily integrated into SIEMs and other tools, but fail to deliver true intelligence.

These tools only provide incomplete threat data that requires further analysis to make it actionable. Further, these solutions are not client-specific, meaning the insights often lack the appropriate organizational context to make the data relevant for the client.

In contrast, Nisos only delivers finished intelligence collected and developed by their analysts for the client’s specific challenges. Nisos OSINT Monitoring and Analysis delivers client-specific threat intelligence as an analyst-led managed service.

Supported by proprietary technology and datasets, Nisos’ highly experienced Pandion analysts use open-source tradecraft to regularly monitor the surface, deep, and dark web for indications of breaches, disinformation campaigns, fraud, platform abuse, and physical threats targeting businesses. Nisos analysts act as an extension of the client’s team to build, tailor, and refine queries to ensure the intelligence provided is credible, timely, and actionable.

Nisos OSINT Monitoring and Analysis provides cybersecurity, protective security, and intelligence teams with contextualized, prioritized, and relevant findings from monitoring and analyzing the dark web, open source, and social media platforms. Their monitoring and analysis allow Nisos to provide recommendations that help identify threats, disrupt attacks, stop adversaries, and remediate risks.

OSINT Monitoring and Analysis delivers critical intelligence via analyst-driven threat hunting to find hidden threats across the open, deep, and dark web. Nisos analysts develop and refine client-specific queries, making it possible to track company mentions as they appear. Nisos analysts also use aged personas to access closed forums and engage directly with threat actors. A named analyst will analyze threats daily to determine credibility and urgency, alerting clients to all threats that require immediate action. If required, Nisos can
unmask high-risk threat actors targeting the business using technical links that suggest a real-world identity.

KEY BENEFITS
1 – Analyst-led, client-specific intelligence to find hidden threats targeting your business.
2 – Intelligence to address threats against a client’s reputation, provide evidence of fraud and platform abuse, identify physical threats, and assess risk posed by relationships with a
third-party.
3 – No noise – only finished intelligence with clear remediation recommendations.

“Nisos’ analyst-led Third-Party Risk investigations maximize our visibility into relevant,
traditional AND non-traditional business risks within our ecosystem, ensuring we are able to properly analyze exposure and take proper action.”
– John Sullivan, Global Chief Security and Resiliency Officer Vice President – Boston Scientific

INTELLIGENT RESULTS WITH CLEAR RECOMMENDATIONS TO REDUCE RISK

OSINT Monitoring and Analysis is not a threat feed or platform that provides clients with a tool for their investigations. It delivers finished intelligence with clear remediation recommendations.

OSINT Monitoring and Analysis reports provide a clear accounting of analyst findings. Depending on the focus discipline, quantifiable results can include credential exposure, social chatter, vulnerabilities, brand mentions on the dark web, etc.

OSINT Monitoring and Analysis provides value to clients as soon as the engagement begins. Although typically issuing intelligence reports monthly, analysts will surface critical threats they discover during their investigation the same day they are found.

OSINT Monitoring and Analysis provides intelligence for diverse use cases including:

CYBER: Threats and risks to confidentiality, integrity, and availability of sensitive data, including data leakage and insider threats.
FRAUD: Cybercrime, e-crime, and online fraud. Trafficking in stolen or illegal physical
goods, illicit purchases of goods or near money instruments (gift cards, credits), use of stolen credentials, accounts, or payment methods.
PLATFORM: Threats and risks to the trust and safety of an online platform. Misuse or abuse of credentials and/or accounts, platform abuse including counterfeit apps, malicious content syndication, and API manipulation via bots.
PROTECTIVE: Threats and risks to executives, physical property, corporate assets, and PII takedown capabilities in response to doxing.
THIRD-PARTY: Threats and risks by vendors, suppliers, partners, mergers, acquisitions, and investments. Data leakage of client data by vendors.

ABOUT NISOS
Nisos is The Managed Intelligence Company™. Their services enable security, intelligence, and trust & safety teams to leverage a world-class intelligence capability tailored to their needs. They fuse robust data collection with a deep understanding of the adversarial mindset delivering smarter defense and more effective response against advanced cyber attacks, physical threats to personnel or facilities, disinformation and reputational attacks, and the abuse and fraud of digital platforms.

www.nisos.com | info@nisos.com | 703-382-8400

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