Black Hat Briefings: Enterprises should know their enemies

Government Computer News is reporting this morning from the Black Hat Federal Briefings in Alexandria, Virginia - across the Potomac from Washington - where security analysts are talking about the need for companies to utilize resources that profile not just the characteristics, but the character, of both individuals and countries who would attack their systems.

To IT security professionals, one attack looks pretty much like another. They focus on the exploit being used. But...Matthew G. Devost, CEO of the Terrorism Research Center Inc., makes the case that we need to be able to identify our attackers more clearly if we are to defend ourselves effectively.
"Obviously, nation-states have greater capacity to finance attacks," Devost said. "We need to ask ourselves, ’Who are the threats,’ because they all look the same in the exploit."

(Government Computer News)

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