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Security Teams Need Better Intel, More Offense
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User Rank: Apprentice
4/27/2012 | 6:23:24 AM
re: Security Teams Need Better Intel, More Offense
Prescott Small
Prescott Small,
User Rank: Apprentice
4/25/2012 | 3:54:48 PM
re: Security Teams Need Better Intel, More Offense
-While I agree with much of the article the idea of doing anything to get the
attention of attackers is a bad one.- I spent the majority of last year
researching many of the concepts in this artcile and published the reults in a
peer reviewed paper through SANS.org titled:

Defense in
Depth: An Impractical Strategy For a Cyber
World [ISBN: 1469934922]



For one, a
Counter-attack would not be legal and secondly the ethics of a counter attack
would be questionable at best. Thirdly, at the minimum, counter attacking would
not be cost effective or practical for those practicing Cyber-Defense with their
existing challenges and strained resources. A counter attack from the public
sector would not have a return on investment, would likely result in escalation
of the attack and increase costs with little to no measurable benefit for the
effort. For evidence of this opinion one need only take a look at the reactions
from groups like Anonymous and their attacks against HB Gary or PayPal. There is
no profit in provocation. (Associated Press, 2011; Goodin, 2011; Lennon, 2011;
McMillan, 2011)
User Rank: Ninja
4/25/2012 | 1:49:53 AM
re: Security Teams Need Better Intel, More Offense
But targeting attackers can easily backfire, he warned. If attackers are staging attacks from another company's servers, for example, defenders who attack back can damage an innocent party's server and are putting themselves in legal jeopardy."
Good point here.-
Brian Prince, InformationWeek/Dark Reading Comment Moderator

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