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The best way to use a threat intelligence API

Have you identified a gap in your threat intelligence data? Are you considering expanding your team to meet the requirements or supplementing your existing data with another feed of relevant data? It can feel like a daunting task, and you will have many questions about the best way to fix this problem. How do you know if the threat intelligence API is reliable? Do you require human-led intelligence?

With numerous API clients currently using our solution, we have compiled the top 3 criteria you should look for when integrating an API into your system.

So, what is the best way to use a threat intelligence API?

1) Ensure the data is well structured for seamless integration

Our team of specialist developers and technical experts maintain and manage our threat intelligence API. Our data has a standardised structure offering maximum granularity; our clients can use as much or as little data as they would like to build out their database. Our technical team are here to help make the integration as seamless as possible, allowing you to have your new data feed live within a matter of days. Data such as location, time and date, title, description, number of casualties, affected sectors, actors involved, emerging threats and analysis can all be visualised in your interface, creating a cost-effective and robust solution that instantly globalises your offering.   

2) Have confidence that the data is of the highest quality

Having a team of expert analysts trained in military standard processes from diverse backgrounds and locations ensures every incident is verified before being added to our database. Many threat intelligence feeds focus on AI scraper technologies that can be useful for providing intelligence at speed, but they lack the accuracy and quality required. These tools, therefore, need manpower to sift through the alerts and determine which are fake news and which are genuine threats that should be actioned.  

At Intelligence Fusion, we use AI and scraper technologies to add the speed element, but we also add in a layer of verification whereby our analysts check sources, accurately geolocate the threat and add their own unique analysis to aid with decision making and threat mitigation. This level of human intelligence, or HUMINT, is expensive to replicate and requires years of specialist training. As of 2024, the cost to replicate and maintain our intelligence capability is in excess of £1.8m. For a fraction of the cost, you can replicate our solution via our threat intelligence data feed. In addition, our threat intelligence API comes with a commercial license as standard; this allows you to resell the solution to your clients, further enhancing the ROI and benefiting your business.    

3) Ensure the data collected is tailored to meet your needs

As standard, we conduct Intelligence Collection Plans (ICPs) with any new client; this military methodology allows our team to quickly understand your needs, values and priorities. This is fed back into the operations team, and analysts will then use this when reporting information to ensure the data in your intelligence API is as relevant as possible for you and your clients, whether that’s specific locations you’re interested in, particular actors or event types that would cause your particular organisation problems. This is a working document that is reviewed regularly and, therefore, reflects the changes in your business. For many of our API clients, our intelligence feed plugs gaps in their current intelligence, adding more value to their product offerings for their customers.   

Intelligence collection plan for threat intelligence API

Our API has supported organisations such as Track24. They are a security technology company that provides applications, hardware and services that focus on keeping people and assets safe and secure globally. Since working with Intelligence Fusion, not only have they enhanced their product offering, but they now have a new revenue stream via our commercial licence.  


Lloyds Whittaker, Analyst and Commercial Officer at Track24, stated: 

"Not only have they globalised our product, but their data is sifted through by professionals with years of experience in intelligence gathering. This adds another layer of context to incident data, such as the wider impact of an event, that would otherwise be lacking."

Read the full case study here.  

At Intelligence Fusion, we have been in operation for over a decade, with a rich data feed of over 1,200,000 historical incidents as well as 20,000 new incidents each month. We ensure our data collection matches each of our client’s needs and provides them with the intelligence required to make decisions with confidence.  


Book some time to speak to a member of the team today to access a free sample of our data or to discuss your requirements.   


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