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Beware Cognitive Bias
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Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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5/16/2014 | 11:12:31 AM
know your enemy
Interesting piece, @LeviGundert. There are mixed perspectives among security vendors on how important it is to know the *who* (threat group/region) behind the attack versus the attackers' M.O. and what they are after. I wonder if that clouds the issue for enterprises trying to map out their security strategies and tools.
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5/18/2014 | 12:39:38 AM
Re: know your enemy
I would say that knowing the who is important, especially if we are talking about a national security issue/attack on the defense industry. I agree with the overall point of the article 100 percent. If there are going to be assertions made about who is responsible for an attack, the proof needs to be carefully vetted.

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cumulonimbus,
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5/19/2014 | 8:26:09 AM
Keep it local
Cognitive bias, indeed any bias. is the natural order. It is how we think and how we came to be; a natural product of evolution. Objective observation requires an overwhelming act of self discipline. In the field of IT we are constantly dealing with the threat of cyber crime, thus trust in our IT personnel is paramount.

All that stands between us (our data) and them (the dark side of human behavior) is a false sense of security; an electronic barrier that ultimately cannot withstand penetration by a persistent and highly informed attack. The attraction of this kind of act is the anonymity and obscurity provided by the worldwide interconnection that is the internet. Notwithstanding the fact that over the shoulder attacks are probably the most frequent, our best defense lies in multi-factor authentication, personal representation (local and accountable human resources), multi-layer boundaries, and constant vigilance. Other than that, what is offline is, for the most part, no longer a target.
levigundert
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levigundert,
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5/20/2014 | 11:45:20 PM
Re: Keep it local
Thanks for taking the time to comment. I agree that objectivity does require an incredible amount of self discipline.
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levigundert,
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5/20/2014 | 11:47:33 PM
Re: know your enemy
Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, I appreciate the feedback!
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levigundert,
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5/21/2014 | 12:04:42 AM
Re: know your enemy
Thanks @kjhiggins. Beyond what I stated in the article, given the latest DOJ indictments of the five Chinese PLA employees, I hope there are new incentives to pursue attribution in conjunction with law enforcement.

I agree though that businesses are still struggling with the appropriate response after breaches, specifically around the decision (and timing) to involve law enforcement.
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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5/21/2014 | 9:23:54 AM
Re: know your enemy
It appears the DOJ indictiment has opened the floodgates for more naming and shaming. The bad news is that many of the defendants will never be prosecuted, but the good news is that putting faces to the attacks raises awareness among businesses and the general public. 
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levigundert,
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5/21/2014 | 11:18:13 AM
Re: know your enemy
Certainly, though the accompanying Interpol Red Notice means that these suspects will be extradited if they ever travel.
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5/21/2014 | 1:43:13 PM
Re: know your enemy
You make some good points about timing and involvement. I believe much more needs to be done to protect IP and other valuable data, particularly with offshoring and cloud. All too often (and all too late) companies find themselves vulnerable and are left with an extremely vexing problem. These problems should not occur, or at least be very rare, and are somewhat symptomatic of the C21 M.O., both in the private and public sectors. In some ways, it behooves us to think like a hacker. Ironically, in eastern philosophy our adversary is also our master.


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