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Auditing the mind of a hacker

Security consultants are teaming up with clinical psychologists – including behavioural scientists from the FBI – to gain a better understanding of what drives and motivates hackers. A better understanding of hackers’ motivations and skills should enable organisations to be more proactive in responding to security threats. according to Tom Parker, a member of a working group on the subject of “adversary characterisation”. Better info feeds through to the refining of existing threat models. “We’re working on developing a more accurate way of modelling attacks to be able to assess whether hackers will come back, how old they are and how skilled they might be,” Parker, of managed security firm NetSec, said. “You can gauge a hacker’s level of skill to access whether someone is capable of using something they’ve written themselves, perhaps zero day exploits, or whether they will use only standard attack tools. We score their technical skills.” Full Story

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