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Integrated threat management

(also ITM)

Integrated threat management definition

Integrated threat management (ITM) is a holistic cybersecurity approach that combines different tools and strategies into a single system. Its goal is to help organizations defend against various cyber threats. ITM handles everything related to dealing with threats, including detecting them, preventing them, and responding effectively.

See also: vulnerability assessment, advanced persistent threat

What does ITM involve?

  • Network security — Protecting the organization's network using tools like firewalls, intrusion detection, and prevention systems, along with network monitoring.
  • Endpoint security — Keeping individual devices (like computers and mobile phones) safe with antivirus software.
  • Security monitoring — Collecting and analyzing security data to spot and respond to incidents in real time.
  • Vulnerability management — Finding and fixing weaknesses in systems.
  • Threat awareness — Staying updated on new threats.
  • Access control — Managing who can access what securely, often using multi-factor authentication and access rules.
  • Incident response — Having plans and steps to react fast and effectively to security issues.
  • Staff training — Teaching employees and users about good security habits and why they're important.
  • Cloud security — Making sure cloud services and data are safe with cloud security tools and practices.
  • Data protection — Using policies and tech to stop unauthorized access or data leaks.

What threats does ITM deal with?

  • Malware
  • Phishing attacks
  • Zero-day vulnerabilities
  • Insider threats
  • Denial of service (DoS) attacks
  • Unauthorized access
  • Device vulnerabilities
  • Botnets
  • Policy violations
  • Vulnerability exploitation
  • Social engineering attacks