Adversaries and Their Motivations (Part 2)

This post is the second in a blog series describing adversaries and their motivations. In part two of the series, we’ll explore the following top-level actor motivations: Cyber Espionage, Cyber Crime, and Cyber Hacktivism. Adversary Operational Maturity, Targeting, and Key Roles Before we start, there are some additional concepts that add context to exploring malicious

How Well Do You Understand Your Cyber Adversary? – Part 2

In my previous post, I wrote of my distaste for how loosely the cybersecurity community uses terms like cyber terrorism and cyber crime.  There are different motivations driving those who would try to gain unauthorized entry into a corporate network. So let’s take a look at who they are and what drives them to do

How Well Do You Understand Your Cyber Adversary? – Part 1

This is a pet peeve of mine, but when I hear somebody from the cybersecurity community refer to a web-defacement as cyber warfare, my soul dies a little. Really? A hacktivist converts the corporate logo on a company web site into a Guy Fawkes mask and it’s cyber warfare? Hardly. A criminal steals customer credit