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Improving Forensic Triage Efficiency through Cyber Threat Intelligence

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
Department of Computing and Informatics, Bournemouth University, Poole BH12 5BB, UK
Department of Information and Electronic Engineering, International Hellenic University, 57400 Thessaloniki, Greece
School of Science & Technology, International Hellenic University, 57001 Thermi, Greece
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Future Internet 2019, 11(7), 162;
Received: 5 June 2019 / Revised: 4 July 2019 / Accepted: 15 July 2019 / Published: 23 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Security and Privacy in Information and Communication Systems)
The complication of information technology and the proliferation of heterogeneous security devices that produce increased volumes of data coupled with the ever-changing threat landscape challenges have an adverse impact on the efficiency of information security controls and digital forensics, as well as incident response approaches. Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI)and forensic preparedness are the two parts of the so-called managed security services that defendants can employ to repel, mitigate or investigate security incidents. Despite their success, there is no known effort that has combined these two approaches to enhance Digital Forensic Readiness (DFR) and thus decrease the time and cost of incident response and investigation. This paper builds upon and extends a DFR model that utilises actionable CTI to improve the maturity levels of DFR. The effectiveness and applicability of this model are evaluated through a series of experiments that employ malware-related network data simulating real-world attack scenarios. To this extent, the model manages to identify the root causes of information security incidents with high accuracy (90.73%), precision (96.17%) and recall (93.61%), while managing to decrease significantly the volume of data digital forensic investigators need to examine. The contribution of this paper is twofold. First, it indicates that CTI can be employed by digital forensics processes. Second, it demonstrates and evaluates an efficient mechanism that enhances operational DFR. View Full-Text
Keywords: digital forensics; digital forensic readiness; threat intelligence; threat hunting; forensic triage digital forensics; digital forensic readiness; threat intelligence; threat hunting; forensic triage
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Serketzis, N.; Katos, V.; Ilioudis, C.; Baltatzis, D.; Pangalos, G. Improving Forensic Triage Efficiency through Cyber Threat Intelligence. Future Internet 2019, 11, 162.

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