Cyber Threats Call For Offensive Cyber Security

Cyber Threats Call For Offensive Cyber Security

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We need to shift from ‘Defense-in-Depth’ strategies to incorporate ‘Resilience-in-Depth’ strategies, which offers a new cyber defense strategy that places multiple layers of security controls throughout the system, providing defensive redundancy to displace cyber-attacks.

These practices applied by BAE include five principals introducing new dimensions of design and providing a foundation for Resilience-in-Depth, offering cyber resilience instead of cyber defense:

Prepare. Identify the relevant cyber threats and attack vectors, understand the consequences of a cyber-attack, and analyze the attack pathways

Prevent. Harden the system environment using cybersecurity best practices

Detect. Monitor the system and its operating environment for signs of intrusion

Respond. Dynamically react to cyber-attacks to reduce or eliminate harmful impacts

Recover. Autonomously repair damage from a cyber-attack to assure continuity of operations

Applying offensive thinking to solve defensive problems goes beyond integrated defense-in-depth engineering processes and is the difference between cyber defended platforms, and cyber resilient platforms. Creating capabilities with the adversary in mind uses threat intelligence, attack-vector analysis, offensive developed architectures, and attack models that describe adversarial threats in a platform’s operational environment, according to 

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