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February 2013/ Volume 15 / No. 1

Offensive security involves proactive deception tactics

The discussion about the viability of enterprises to go on the offense against cybercriminal gangs is reaching a fevered pitch, with most experts questioning the legality of striking back at attackers. But security experts point out that there are some “offensive-like” tactics that have the ability to drive up the cost of hacking into a corporate network, and if deployed properly, the techniques could have a major impact on the threat landscape. “There are interesting questions about how far one can go and what types of attackers striking back will actually be effective against,” said Hugh Thompson, chief security strategist at Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Blue Coat Systems Inc. and RSA Conference program committee chairman. Thompson said he anticipates a greater discussion about offensive tactics in sessions at the annual security event scheduled at the end of February. “It doesn’t necessarily have to go from zero to launching a full out assault against cybercrime infrastructure. It could be much more subtle things like feeding ...

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