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May 29th, 2020

How Financial Services Companies Use Threat Feeds to Strengthen Security and Protect Their Brand

The best possible outcome for any cyber threat aimed at your network – and through it, your brand, your customers and your bottom line – is to detect and neutralize it before it can do serious damage.

That’s true regardless of your industry.

But when your industry is financial services – which attracts 300 times more attacks than other verticals, according to CIO Dive – it’s even more critical to mitigate cybercrimes as quickly as possible.

Of course that’s no easy feat, given the speed with which malicious activities can unfold amid the sheer volume of legitimate digital events.

Yet the potential benefits of early detection are so important, it’s well worth the effort – particularly if data is available to guide it. For example, consider how valuable it would be if your security team were able to learn that:

  • A dormant domain that spoofs your URL has suddenly come to life, with an IP infrastructure that is associated with malicious domains, including one that involved Domain Generated Algorithms (DGAs).
  • Changes have been made to your nameserver and IP, when no one in your IT team, or for that matter your entire organization, had planned or authorized any changes (in one case, even though the domain had a registry lock!).

These are two of the use cases from financial services that are described in our new whitepaper, which explains how IT security teams can identify and neutralize unfolding threats quickly enough to prevent serious consequences.

The common thread: insights gained from Neustar’s UltraThreat Feeds. This indispensable security tool has three essential qualities that make the data and insights it delivers uniquely well suited to the challenges of uncovering emerging threats:

  1. Timely. Data on potential threats ages fast because bad actors don’t wait. We’re not talking about a time scale of weeks or even days. We’re talking minutes, which is all it takes for a newly published or updated domain, including those used by malware in DGAs, to become malicious.

    UltraThreat Feeds deliver insights drawn from the data exhaust from DNS inquiries and other internet usage, in near real time.
  2. Relevant. Too much data on potential threats is only slightly more helpful than too little. Potentially important insights buried in huge amounts of data will go undiscovered unless you have almost unlimited resources to process it. (We have yet to work with an IT department that has anything close to unlimited resources.)

    UltraThreat Feeds leverage proprietary analytics fueled by machine learning and artificial intelligence to process raw data and deliver relevant, focused, actionable data sets.
  3. Trusted. Duh. Inaccurate or unreliable data wastes time and resources by sending your security team chasing after false threats, and possibly missing the real ones that are actually taking shape.

    UltraThreat Feeds are based on high-quality DNS data insights from Neustar’s own globally distributed network of authoritative and recursive DNS service sites. To provide context to this core data, we incorporate information from two additional proprietary sources: identity intelligence on the actors behind the traffic from our global OneID system, and IP geolocation and risk data for virtually all IPv4 and IPv6 addresses worldwide.

If you’re involved in IT security, you owe it to yourself and your organization to learn How UltraThreat Feeds Can Protect Your Brand, Mitigate Fraud and Defend Your Domain by downloading the whitepaper today. It’s a quick read with valuable insights that can help you strengthen your overall security posture and improve your digital defenses.

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