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State-Sponsored Cybercrime: A Growing Business Threat
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hykerfred
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hykerfred,
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6/2/2015 | 3:38:47 AM
Sponsored hacks are no hit-and-run
One thing that I've noticed is the almost large organization process oriented methodology of government-backed hacks. There's no rush, they patiently wait and gather internal information and access servers and systems until they slowly start to extract information. Maybe working within the breached system for a year or two until the actual leak starts. 

If you, for instance, compare with ransomware type of operations that's in there for the quick buck, these guys are more dangerous since there is no haste. No bills to be paid at home, that's already been taken care of. As you point out, the rationale behind the hack is still making profits but more in an abstract way, like providing intellectual property to your own industry to give them competitive advantages. 

It's always more difficult to protect yourself from the people that have time to wait.
Phil Verheul
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Phil Verheul,
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6/1/2015 | 9:13:59 AM
Nice Article
Well done Dave. Hope we get to read more stuff from you. :)

 
Ulf Mattsson
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Ulf Mattsson,
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5/26/2015 | 3:23:10 PM
I think that we should expect that advanced intruders take control
I think that we should expect that advanced intruders take control "of almost every server and workstation within the company."

Aberdeen Group reported in a very interesting study with the title "Tokenization Gets Traction" that tokenization users had 50% fewer security-related incidents than non-users and 47% of respondents are using tokenization for something other than cardholder data.

Aberdeen also has seen a steady increase in enterprise use of tokenization as an alternative to encryption for protecting sensitive data.

It is an effective approach for most sensitive data fields.

Ulf Mattsson, CTO Protegrity


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