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ACTIVE DEFENSE AND “HACKING BACK”

A Primer

by Scott Berinato

Earlier in this book, Idaho National Lab’s Andy Bochman put forth a provocative idea: that no amount of spending on technology defenses can secure your critical systems or help you keep pace with hackers. To protect your most valuable information, he argues, you need to move beyond so-called cyber hygiene, the necessary but insufficient deployment of security software and network-monitoring processes.

Bochman lays out a framework that requires switching your focus from the benefits of efficiency to the costs. Ideas that were once anathema—unplug some systems from the internet, de-automate in some places, insert trusted humans back into the process—are now the smart play.

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