The Economics of Cybersecurity – Are Scales Tipped to the Attacker?
By Scott Gainey
An argument can certainly be made that the economics of cybersecurity largely favor the attacker. While the takedown of Darkode was a win for the good guys, at least temporarily, the unfortunate reality is there remains a multitude of other underground forums where criminals can gain easy access to the tools and technical support needed to organize and execute an attack. A simple search can get you quick access to virtually any tool needed for the job. Our role as executives and security professionals is to make sure these adversaries roaming these virtual havens of nastiness have to spend an inordinate amount of resources to try and achieve their objectives.
Many organizations are working to tip the scales back in their favor through a more integrated approach to security that not only includes increased spending and coordination across technology use and deployment; but also are looking at how they can improve overall efficacy through improved people training and policy management. These changes obviously come at a cost.
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