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Black Hat 2018: 12 Executives On The Most Overhyped Cybersecurity Trends Today

CRN asked 12 executives and technical leaders attending Black Hat 2018 what cybersecurity concepts seem to be more about buzzwords than delivering meaningful protection.

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Nation-State Attacks

Nation-state hacking of the grid or election process is important for the government as well as people that operate critical infrastructure, but the rest of us aren't able to do anything about it and would be better off focusing on how our companies could be attacked, according to Sophos Principal Research Scientist Chester Wisniewski.

"They're distracted about what's in the news as opposed to what's happening in their environment," Wisniewski said.

Keeping track of the latest threat posed by nation-state actors is a "sick form of entertainment," Wisniewski said, but not relevant to a company's work. Most organizations would be far better off ensuring their anti-virus and patching are up to date, and monitoring the integrity of their publishing systems, source code and customer information to protect against threats like ransomware, he said.

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