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The Rise of Counterintelligence in Malware Investigations
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4/22/2015 | 7:13:31 PM
The Black Hats Have the Floor
I couldn't agree more.  As a casual observer, I've been critical of CTI exactly because of what the Black Hatters are taking advantage of.  Data mining, analysis and intelligence must be aggressive and reach out beyond the confines of indicators - something often left to the human interpreter of data, but that can also be programmed, the right mind behind the code.  This means a combination of things, 1) that CTI needs to be realtime - alerting trained ethical hackers 24/7 of an incident in progress, and 2) that those ethical hackers actively engage the intruders using CTI and realtime offensive strategies to push back.  

Yes, as has been raised many times we are often found with our hands tied when it comes to offensive response to Black Hat activity, but as the other side becomes more shrewd and takes advantage of the limitations of the cyber security policies and procedures we execute within the strict letter of the law, it becomes more than evident that something needs to change, whether that is policy, law or to whom we turn to take on the Black Hats who think there is nothing preventing them from intruding in our cyberspace.  The key is, like a police officer pursuing a fleeing suspect from the scene of a crime, active pursuit using the most bleeding-edge network data analysis tools while also having a weapon on the hip, just in case.

With targets like power grids and nuclear refineries out there, I don't see how we can't step up our response. 

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