Understanding a hacker’s motive to plan for the future. Questions to ask your IT and security managers.
In the wake of a cyberattack, police investigators will always try to identify the motive of a cyber-criminal. This helps them both detect and prevent cyber crimes in the future.
Understanding the hacker’s motive behind your adversary’s action will help you plan, manage and implement more effective future cybersecurity measures.
We recommend that all IT and security managers ask the following questions:
Financial: Can the cyber attackers make money directly (via an attack) or indirectly (by selling malware or ransomware as a service)? Are there competitors who may want to destabilise your company?
Ideological: Your adversary may want to harm your reputation, deny services to your customers, or sabotage your systems to further their propaganda. Are you aware of individuals, organisations or frustrated employees that could pose a cyber risk?
Political: Can the adversary benefit from knowing your next move or most intimate secrets as an organisation? Do you claim that you have impenetrable cyber defences? If so, you might be motivating a cyber attacker to find a way to break through it.
Employees: Do you have effective security policies and staff awareness training in place? Do you carefully manage the access and permissions to access confidential information?
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