Hactivists, disgruntled employees, and other cyber threat actors intent on sabotaging an organisation, are expanding their tactics beyond Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, warns Dell SecureWorks’ Enterprise Brand and Executive Threat Surveillance team. The team monitors social media sites, forums, and other public information sources, looking for conversations and other indicators that a customer’s brand or its executives might be the target of a cyber-attack. ” Unfortunately, in today’s attack climate, if you are an organisation which is likely to be a target of hacktivism and you do not have an intelligence team monitoring the Internet on your behalf, you have to be prepared for far more than just one attack strategy,” said Rick Hayes, Sr. Manager, Security and Risk Consulting for Dell SecureWorks.” The cyber campaigns being launched by hacktivists today aren’t merely consisting of a Denial of Service (DoS) and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks (where large amounts of Internet traffic are directed at a website in hopes of knocking it offline),” continued Hayes.” But rather, we are seeing hackers launch a barrage of different cyber-attacks at their target including everything from DDoS attacks to website defacements, web application attacks, and spear phishing attacks looking to steal valuable customer and employee data to the hijacking of corporate Twitter credentials.” For more on this, see the October edition of Risk UK
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.