Why does the press persist on referring to all cyber breaches as sophisticated attacks? Is it to make the victim look less weak, or do they simply not know the tedium that’s involved in cybercrime?

Check out this post by Brian Krebs for the basis for our conversation on this week’s episode which features me, David Spark (@dspark), producer of CISO Series, co-host Allan Alford (@allanalfordintx), and guest Steve Zalewski, deputy CISO, Levi Strauss.

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On this episode of Defense in Depth, you’ll learn:

  • There’s a dichotomy between how the press glorifies cybercrime as being “sophisticated” when the reality is much of cybercrime is drudgery.
  • Most cybercrime is under a pay-for-hire or a web-based service model. Cybercriminals have to deal with many of the same business-related issues we all do, such as support, infrastructure, customer relations, and sales.
  • Given that the cybercriminals are usually doing work for someone else, they have customers and those customers will often complain if they are not getting the expected service.
  • There was question if cybercrime does pay. It seemed that if you had some basic technical talents then legitimate InfoSec was a far more lucrative field that would probably offer benefits that cybercrime couldn’t offer.
  • The paper states that low-skilled administrators often don’t know much about the systems they maintain. This would lead one to believe they’re also far removed from the criminal activity.
  • Many of these claims of the boredom of cybercrime can be made of the InfoSec community as well.
  • Once you understand that cybercrime is a business with a need for ROI like any other business, the goal in protecting oneself is to simply make it too costly and not financially attractive to be hacked.