Cyberattacks targeting critical national infrastructure and other organisations could be stopped before they have any impact if the teams responsible for the security had a better understanding of their own networks.
That might sound like obvious advice, but in many cases, cyber-criminal and nation-state hackers have broken into corporate networks and remained there for a long time without being detected.
Some of these campaigns involve intrusions into critical infrastructure where malicious hackers could do damage that could have serious consequences.
But hackers have only been able to get into such as strong position because those responsible for defending networks don’t always have a full grasp on what they’re managing.
“That’s what people often misunderstand about attacks – they don’t happen at the speed of light, it often takes months or years to get the right level of access in a network and ultimately to be able to push the trigger and cause a destructive act,” says Dmitri Alperovitch, executive chairman at Silverado Policy Accelerator and co-founder and former CTO of CrowdStrike.
That means deep knowledge of your network and being able to detect any suspicious or unexpected behavior can go a long way to detecting and stopping intrusions.
Organizations should also try to think like hackers; by thinking about the network and how an attack could exploit it, security teams could uncover unexpected means that hackers could use to exploit the network.
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