Fusion cell analysis is a time-tested, effective method to collect, analyze, and collaborate information from numerous sources to develop a thorough and complete threat picture. Fusion cell analysis is designed to test theories against numerous sources of information, to produce a fully evaluated and functional product.
The Importance in Selecting a Mature, Professional Cyber Security Firm
Unfortunately there are many mediocre organizations masquerading as information cyber security firms, poisoning the public perception of cyber security professionals. There are various flash-in-the-pan, “threat-intelligence” firms showcasing amazing websites and threat intelligence feeds that amount to nothing more than ambulance chasers, using short-sided growth tactics to meet a self-imposed or shareholder-imposed number. Some of these firms are efficient in providing narrowly focused services, but they cannot adequately meet client needs when an engagement scope changes. Inevitably, the scope of an engagement will change based on analysts’ findings or client needs, and a firm must have the flexibility to adjust to these changes. Fusing together information from multiple sources is vital to ensuring a complete, holistic assessment, which is why choosing a firm that understands the fundamentals of fusion cell analysis is optimal.
Choose wisely and practice due diligence when seeking information security services, and locate a firm that distinguishes itself as one that understands the importance of fusion cell analysis. Always seek a firm that takes a holistic approach to every client engagement, and has been thoroughly tested in working with complex scenarios. Technical acumen is paramount to success in any engagement, along with proper employment of investigative procedures, and unique market differentiators such as an understanding of human intelligence collection and operating in complex counterinsurgency (COIN) environments where fusion cell analysis heavily relied upon.
Why Fusion Cell Analysis?
Fusion cell analysis is designed to foster collaboration of resources and information to thoroughly develop finished analysis to enable decision makers. The resources used to gather the information are just as important as the analysts and collected information. Choosing a security firm that maintains forensic capabilities to collect and analyze threats posed by advanced malware are essential. Engage a group of subject matter experts in providing specialized expertise in interpreting and analyzing raw information, such as log files, malicious code, and anomalous network or system activities. An ability to conduct dark web research, build and secure networks or web applications are also paramount in maintaining the ability to conduct legitimate fusion cell analysis.
All industries have nuances that differentiate one industry from another. This requires a tailored approach to information collection and fusion cell analysis. The banking industry differs in many ways from the industrial controls industry, just as healthcare fields differ from retail. An understanding of industry requirements, norms and designs is essential in investigative approach development, incident response, threat discovery, analysis, and final deliverables. Anyone can claim that they are conducting fusion cell analysis, but without clear direction, or thorough situational awareness, the analysis will not be complete and the final deliverable will not be useful.
An attack on an organization’s networks, systems, architecture, or more, requires swift response by experienced and capable professionals. A breached organization needs to have the ability to call on trusted professionals to act efficiently, professionally, and discretely. Discretion is paramount to business continuity, brand protection, and shareholder value. An experienced cyber security firm understands the importance of discretion and takes client data protection very seriously. Beyond the inherent corporate and organizational issues that arise with the public release of breach information, the likelihood of target discovery and asset recovery greatly decreases when the public is witting of a breach. In addition to regaining favor with key stakeholders and restoring order in an organization, the ultimate goal of fusion cell analysis should be to recover lost assets and neutralize perpetrators. Indiscretion and an immature approach to incident data protection will cripple an investigation and ultimately contribute to the re-victimization of a client.
Likewise, a cyber security firm that maintains a mature and experienced approach to incident response and subsequent fusion cell analysis will potentially enable recovery of lost assets and identification of root causes. Additionally, a thorough fusion cell analysis will enable organizational leadership to make informed decisions in respect to company and shareholder needs.