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Learning the Enemy Perspective
In part one of this series, we addressed the challenges of shifting from a reactive to a proactive approach by working more closely with business counterparts to bring risk management to the forefront. As this series continues, we focus on the enemy perspective in part two. We will get inside the enemy’s head to better equip organizations for any new threats.
Where a security leader sees complexity, the enemy sees opportunity. Where a business sees compliance requirements, the enemy sees gaps. When security teams grapple with architecture challenges, the enemy finds methods to create chaos. Many common CISO frustrations become advantages for threat actors to exploit. Understanding the enemy’s thinking and tactics, however, can help security teams gain the upper hand.
Rather than a program focused on alerts and troubleshooting—a reactive posture at best—CISOs should focus on identifying the weaknesses which make it easier for the enemy to attack. Also, rather than a budget spent on meeting compliance regulations, another reactive posture, they should invest in increasing a company’s overall security posture. A lack of standards around cloud configurations and updates, inadequate security policies, limitations of security technology, legacy systems and services, insecure business processes and risky user behavior could all create access points to your critical data. If your company has a secure foundation, compliance will follow.
Getting inside the enemy’s head
Threat actors aren’t all the same—they are members of organized crime or government-sponsored groups, hactivists seeking to make a point, disgruntled employees or random opportunists. In most cases, they seek to exploit financial data, Personally Identifiable Information (PII) or Intellectual Property (IP) for personal gain. In some cases, they need sensitive data to fulfill an agenda, politically or otherwise. The most dangerous and powerful of these actors are ones who can penetrate a network and dwell for an extended period of time, doing more damage by the hour.
Cyber-criminals look for the following vulnerabilities, ones which organizations should take extra steps to correct and avoid:
So, what can you do to take an offensive position in the face of these multifarious tactics?
Make offensive security games and regular penetration testing part of your ongoing threat management program. Your team will gain knowledge to be more proactive and effective in incident response as well as prevention. The better security organizations can understand the enemy, and their own weaknesses, the better equipped they’ll be to fight any new threat down the road.
Learn more about the Enemy Perspective and why executives need to see what the bad guys see. This brings the perspective required to thwart threat actors and reduce overall security risk.
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