It may seem counter-intuitive to place the motives and methods of attackers on a pedestal, but there is immense value in doing so. Today’s threat landscape demands an ongoing role reversal; which is the ability and desire to emulate the thought process and real-world methodologies of attackers in order to gain visibility and an advantage over the countless “what-if” scenarios that we face.'The motives of an attacker will have a strong influence on the methods they employ to get what they want.' Click To Tweet
Visualizing what it is that an attacker wants is an important step because it provides us context into the motives portion of an attack. Many people still think that motives are purely financial or one-dimensional, but modern attacks are driven by a wide range of evolving motives. Let’s position our discussion around just a few of these:
Dennis Dillman is VP of Product Management at Barracuda.