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Cyberspace in 2017 – decades after its creation – remains a free-fire zone. A multiplicity of actors, the absence of norms and inadequate cybersecurity standards that fail to mitigate the modern kill chain creates the perfect storm for a simmering online insurgency quickly picking up steam. Sophisticated cyber espionage campaigns carried out by nation states are escalating, from Pawnstorm to the MenuPass Group. Meanwhile, individuals – for a variety of reasons – are turning toward organized hacktivism.

For the forseeable future, governments won’t – and may not be able to – civilize the new cyberspace, and this necessitates a defensive paradigm shift. Perimeter security is no longer sufficient. What we need is a cybersecurity architecture that mimics a SuperMax prison.

Doing so requires a deeper understanding of how attackers attack, and what they do once they are inside the castle walls. You have to know your network inside and out.

About the Author

Tom Kellermann

Tom Kellermann

Global Fellow,
Chief Cybersecurity Officer for Carbon Black Inc and Vice Chair of Strategic Cyber Ventures Board; Professor at American University
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