Know Your Enemy
- By Ralph C. Jensen
- Feb 01, 2018
Like it or not, every time you spend time on the keyboard, there may be someone
watching your every keystroke. It wouldn’t hurt if you knew your enemy; and it
certainly would be beneficial if you knew who was on your side.
Our cover story from Csaba Krasznay put this in proper perspective, much like a
fisherman who might cast a wide net while trawling the ocean. That fisherman will
likely bring fish, broken bottles, trash and maybe even a gold coin while retrieving
his net. Not certain what he will catch, the fisherman can throw back everything or
anything he doesn’t want.
There might be a gold coin in the net from an ancient shipwreck. Beware of Ransomeware
because a simple firewall used to be good enough to protect you from the
lazy fisherman, who will troll until he finds something of value.
Like an up-to-date fisherman, today’s Internet troll has deployed
all the latest equipment, being able to strike in a more
strategic and focused effort. This troll knows exactly what he
wants and he knows where to look for it. This troll play at the tip
of the sword, so to speak, that is crafted and sharpened against
I think you’ll learn quite a bit from Krasznay, who will address
effective security strategies, and why commonly used security
measures fail. He will also address the need to understand
motivations behind an attack, and the seven tips of recognition.
He will detail how attackers are outpacing defenses,
and why it is necessary to move beyond passwords and
into the next generation of defense.
This article originally appeared in the February 2018 issue of Security Today.
Ralph C. Jensen is editor-in-chief of Security Today magazine.