Who Is Tipping Scales to Cyber Attackers?

You don’t have to read very far into Scott Gainey’s The Economics of Cybersecurity – Are Scales Tipped to the Attacker? to get the impression that Scott accepts cyberinsecurity as a default state of affairs.

From the post:

An argument can certainly be made that the economics of cybersecurity largely favor the attacker. While the takedown of Darkode was a win for the good guys, at least temporarily, the unfortunate reality is there remains a multitude of other underground forums where criminals can gain easy access to the tools and technical support needed to organize and execute an attack. A simple search can get you quick access to virtually any tool needed for the job. Our role as executives and security professionals is to make sure these adversaries roaming these virtual havens of nastiness have to spend an inordinate amount of resources to try and achieve their objectives.

Many organizations are working to tip the scales back in their favor through a more integrated approach to security that not only includes increased spending and coordination across technology use and deployment; but also are looking at how they can improve overall efficacy through improved people training and policy management. These changes obviously come at a cost.

Many organizations are asking the natural question – how much do I really need to spend on security in order to tip the scales in my favor? In order to answer that question you must first quantify the impact and risk of a cyber attack.

The current economics of software and hardware creation shift the burden of security defects to the end user. That’s why the questions posed in Scott’s post are by users trying to tip the security scales back into their favor.

That starts the discussion in the wrong place. Users to address security issues with more software produced by the same processes that put them at risk? Can you see any reason or that to not fill me with confidence?

Moreover, fixing cybersecurity issues with software, at the source of its creation, places the cost of that fix on the person/s best able to make the repair. Which in turn saves thousands of other users the cost of defending against that particular cyberrisk.

In the short run, we will all have to battle cyberinsecurity but let’s also take names and assign responsibility for the defects that we do encounter.

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