A Look at Today’s Computer Attack and Defense Landscape

It takes time and money to adjust IT security measures in response to evolving attack tactics. As defenders gradually update their security measures, attackers respond accordingly. Such arms-race dynamics lead to threats of increasing sophistication and efficiency.

My recent article Understanding Modern Computer Attack and Defense Techniques presents the current snapshot of the state of the threat landscape and offers tips for keeping up with the race.

Defending IT infrastructure involves understanding attack tactics that are particularly effective today. As you assess and improve your information security program, consider the following characteristics of modern computer security threats and the recommendations for dealing with them:

Read the article for my perspective on how attackers use these approaches to bypass security defenses and what you may be able to do about it. (The PDF of the article was originally published by TechTarget.)

Lenny Zeltser

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About the Author

Lenny Zeltser develops products and programs that use security to achieve business results. He is the CISO at Axonius and Faculty Fellow at SANS Institute. Lenny has been leading efforts to establish resilient security practices and solve hard security problems for over two decades. A respected author and practitioner, he has been advancing tradecraft and contributing to the community. His insights build upon real-world experience, a Computer Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA degree from MIT Sloan.

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