Understanding hackers


While the motivation behind major cyberattacks is often unclear, there are some steps that can be taken by a business, to improve security and aim to keep the hackers out.

The reality globally is that cyber criminals are becoming relentless – and 2017 proved to be no exception. In 2016 we saw unprecedented attacks, politically motivated sabotage and overt attempts to disrupt electoral processes. Unfortunately, these trends continued in 2017 and show no signs of abating in the future.

Innovation, economies of scale, new sophistication and trends that open up new frontiers for cybercrime are all marking profound shifts in the focus of attacks.

So, what makes threat actors tick?

There are numerous classes of threat actors – from unskilled individuals (also known as script kiddies) and disgruntled employees to active cyber criminals, hacktivists and government cyber warriors.

These threat actors can have different motives, which include profit, intellectual curiosity, achieving notoriety, disgruntlement and ideology. The list goes on. While we tend to want to put threats in different buckets based on threat actors’ classification and motivation, often, these reasons blur.

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Read this article by Ivelina Koleva, Commercial and Product Lead, BT Cyber Security, as well as a host of other topical management articles written by professionals, consultants and academics in the December/January 2017/18 edition of BusinessBrief.

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