Stop-think-connect is not only for kids. Everyone, including nerds like me and network and security professionals, should pay more attention before connecting any device to the Internet. Routers (wireless and wired), industrial control systems, video surveillance cameras, fire alarm systems, traffic cameras, home and building automation systems, and many other devices are being connected to the Internet every single day, wide open. If you don’t believe me do a quick search on SHODAN.
As security practitioners, we generally see three types of perpetrators with different motives:
- General trouble-making
Each of these attackers can display various levels of organizational structure:
- Well-organized, persistent group
- Ad-hoc groups pursuing a common purpose
Each one of these subsets has their own techniques and goals, but unfortunately, can strike anywhere at anytime.
As different attack types come in and out of vogue, we are closely watching all of these perpetrators and their preferred methods of attack to better understand how to recognize and counteract them.
In the video linked here, I discuss some of the latest threat trends, and how businesses and individuals can prepare and protect themselves.