Cyber Crime continues to grow at an ever-increasing pace. Despite the efforts of software companies, security vendors, and our governments; we continue to lose the war against cyber crime. This is mostly because we’ve taken a defensive approach to protect our computer-based assets, rather than an offensive one.
According to a recent article in Help Net Security, a report by McAfee titled “Security Takes the Offensive” suggests several tactics to strike back against cybercriminals in order to reduce or eliminate cyber crime.
- Organizations should use hacker techniques to test the ability to penetrate their software and then close any “doors” that could be used to steal data.
- ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), should provide more information to authorities about the whereabouts of cybercriminals in order for them to be prosecuted.
- Computer users, security professionals and administrators should share intelligence information with their trusted security vendors; and the vendors among themselves, so that cyber attacks may be identified before they happen and action taken to avoid them.
- Implement Shuns and Stuns to eliminate cybercriminal activity. Shuns involve tactics to ostracize a criminal network from the WWW, and Stuns involve destroying criminal botnets, the primary delivery weapon of malware. These two tactics have been used successfully to cripple and destroy several criminal organizations. However, for this tactic to be globally successful, it must be executed by all security professionals across the world.
- Increase the risk of arrest and reduce the amount of reward for the cybercriminals. This involves publicly disclosing the names of cybercriminals, increasing the fines against cybercriminals, increasing the shutdowns of affected domains, more effective spam filtering, closing “dropped” email accounts and freezing payment accounts that are suspected of fraud.
- Education of all Internet users in security awareness to provide models to tie together cybercrime-reporting with cyber education, so users can start to link uninformed behavior to their risk of becoming victims.
We’ve been tossing around this idea of going on the offensive for some time now, but this is the first time, to my knowledge, a major security vendor has taken a stand to report on how it could be accomplished. I say let’s go for it and kick some cybercriminal butt!
What do you think of the viability of these proactive steps to fight cyber crime…and are you willing to be a cyber soldier in the war? Let me know your opinion on this issue by commenting on this article; we all learn from each other when our views and opinions are shared.
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