Intel IT has developed a threat agent risk assessment (TARA) methodology that distills the immense number of possible information security attacks into a digest of only those exposures most likely to occur. This methodology identifies threat agents that are pursuing objectives which are reasonably attainable and could cause unsatisfactory losses to Intel.
It would be prohibitively expensive and impractical to defend every possible vulnerability. By using a predictive methodology to prioritize specific areas of concern, we can both proactively target the most critical exposures and efficiently apply our resources for maximum results. The TARA methodology identifies which threat agents pose the greatest risk, what they want to accomplish, and the likely methods they will employ. These methods are cross-referenced with existing vulnerabilities and controls to pinpoint the areas that are most exposed. Our security strategy then focuses on these areas to minimize efforts while maximizing effect.
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