Security pros should adopt hacker mentality, says chief cyber strategist

Security pros should adopt hacker mentality, says chief cyber strategist

Cyber security professionals should think like attackers, according to Hewlett-Packard Enterprises (HPE) chief cyber strategist, Tim Grieveson.

At a recent industry event in London, Grieveson told partners and customers:

“To protect ourselves effectively against cyber criminals, we need to understand their strengths and weaknesses.”

Grieveson explained that, from the perspective of HPE, it is becoming more and more difficult to protect data assets at enterprise level for three primary reasons. Firstly, he cited new, growing areas of exposure, including more mobile connectivity.

He went on to say:

“As people increasingly access corporate data on the move, enterprises need to think about that shift in terms of security.”

Secondly, regulations are becoming increasingly complex, particularly for corporations operating in multiple nations around the globe, as they need to meet regulations applied in various countries. The third reason Grieveson states is that hackers are becoming more professional, innovative, and sophisticated. He added:

“We are now seeing them professionalising their organisations to get massive returns on their relatively small investments.”

Increased professionalism means that hackers are developing an infrastructure that mirrors a legitimate business, with staff working in areas such as research & development, recruitment, and logistics and operational managers.

Grieveson said that in light of this, businesses should think of hackers as rivals in the market and not just enemies in a criminal sense.

Certainly, firms need to have someone in their ranks who understands how they think. The only legitimate staff that are capable of thinking in this way are cyber security staff. That’s why cyber security jobs are so important today.

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