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Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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1/22/2016 | 11:03:24 PM
Advanced?
"constantly advancing attack techniques"

Are these attack techniques and kits really more advanced, though?  All that's happening here is that the kits are becoming more widely distributed as pricing makes them more available to less-skilled attackers.  The attacks themselves though -- the code -- are often based upon "old [black] hat" (heh) techniques.

This is why some researchers are now using predictive analytics to anticipate what future attacks will look like.
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1/24/2016 | 1:33:18 AM
Re: Advanced?
I would tend to agree that volume and availability of "old hat" techniques and tools is more a problem than innovation in the styles of intrusion programming.  However, this is just looking at the larger body of "common" attacks.  There is a whole new level of intrusion and data acquisition techniques, programming methodologies and experimental programming happening that Enterprise IT sorely needs to become acquainted with.  We imagine the most creative hacking occurs only when the targets are government, infrastructure and financial institutions, but in fact many of these programs and techniques are first put up against Enterprise IT during the early release and testing stages.

I still believe InfoSec needs to change its model to one of offense in addition to defense, and data analytics are a huge piece of setting that stage.  But then, there also needs to be a resource on the Security team that has strong coding chops and can improvise, innovate and meet the skills of the less mundane attacks.  Seeing the model change, seeing more confidence on the part of the InfoSec team with a level of aggression added with the offensive shift - these are things that might help improve IT confidence in their Security functions.

 
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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1/24/2016 | 2:14:42 PM
Re: Advanced?
Even aside from more offensive cybersecurity stances, there is a need for greater proactivity overall when it comes to InfoSec, security policies, and other related risk management issues.  The better prepared you are not only for prevent attacks but also for the eventual successful attack, the better able you are to prevent, lessen, or mitigate damage.


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