Cyber Situational Awareness: Gain an Attacker’s Eye View

James Chappell | 23 September 2015

Our latest white paper defines a different perspective on security – cyber situational awareness.


Cyber situational awareness can prevent, detect and help contain cyber-related incidents by analyzing the adversary through an “attacker’s eye view” and alerting organizations to potential threats, instances of sensitive data loss, or compromised brand integrity.


Cyber threat intelligence (CTI), for example, has helped evolve the effectiveness of our defenses by providing a better understanding of threats and threat actors. We can build on this to create a more comprehensive and specific view of threats and vulnerabilities relevant to an organization.

Cyber situational awareness at the most basic level is “understanding what is going on around you” – and is comprised of three main stages:

  • Perception. This is the stage at which data is merely observed.
  • Comprehension. Observations are placed into the context of an organization’s own risks and concerns. The data is given context and meaning.
  • Projection. Based on this contextualized, meaningful information, organizations are able to make educated, informed and forward-leaning assessments.

Those who look at the whole picture and then add meaning and context to make a projection will
be in a better position to make more informed business and security decisions.
Read the full white paper to learn more about cyber situational awareness.

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