The Pyramid of Pain: Intel-Driven Detection & Response to Increase Your Adversary’s Cost of Operations

There’s more to good threat intelligence than lists of domains or IPs, and it’s useful for more than just finding bad actors in your environment. What if I told you that you could use threat intelligence not only to get better at detecting and responding to incidents, but also to make your attackers’ lives significantly more difficult, to drive up the costs of their operations and to potentially make it so expensive to operate against you that they give up? Sound too good to be true?

In this talk, I’ll cover a practical, proven framework for applying threat intel to incident detection and response. The framework’s centerpiece is the Pyramid of Pain. The result of nearly 5 years experience directing the global detection program for a Fortune 5 company, the Pyramid is a blueprint for turning your incident response capability into an offensive weapon to cause pain for your attackers.

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