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The Possible Future of Cyber Threat Intelligence – The Avengers of Cyber Security

Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) has been a critical aide in the Cyber Security Landscape in the years since its inception. An industry with humble beginnings, with IP and URL blacklists forming the early life of CTI, has now become a multi-billion-dollar industry, with a current value of $11.6 Billion globally – predicted to exceed $15.8 Billion within the next half-decade. As threats continue to become more complex it is important to ask the following: Where will CTI be in the next decade? Will it evolve at a sufficient rate as to combat evolving threats? The reality is that CTI continues to grow and significantly benefits adopting organisations. These organisations on average see their IT security teams become ‘32% more efficient and resolve security threats ‘32% faster [1] – showing its strength as a tool.

To begin understanding the future of CTI, we must first understand how it is currently obtained, and subsequently applied to prevent attacks. This is done in numerous different methods, from AI to Attack Reports to Dark Web Reconnaissance. Applying it is a different matter, as often CTI is used in a reactive sense to prevent attacks from happening again. We need to begin to think of threat intelligence as the means of preventing attacks before they happen and become proactive as a community.

AI has become a fundamental part of the cyber security landscape, and consequently has become one of the most powerful CTI tools that we have at our disposal. This is due to it effectively coping with overwhelming volumes of data, whilst also ensuring the freshness of the data, allowing us to process large amounts of threat intelligence at a much more efficient and faster rate than if we were to use human workers.

As time progresses, and more and more CTI is gathered, the question will become how will AI be able to cope? And to answer this we need to predict the future of AI itself, and that future is Quantum. Quantum AI, once the pinnacle of Sci-Fi, is a theoretical idea that revolves around applying Quantum Computing Technology to Artificial Intelligence. Now, what are the advantages of this? Processing Power and Speed - attributes which are vital for CTI and would further strengthen the advantages modern AI has for CTI. However, theories are still being discussed regarding the power of Quantum AI, with some theorising it may have the ability to review each piece of intelligence gathered and consequently apply the change itself, which could massively aide in proactive defence. This level of processing power does exist, however it is extremely rare in its current format. Google claimed to have achieved ‘quantum supremacy’ [4] in 2019 as they developed a computer wi