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Black Hat 2019: 12 Cybersecurity Myths That Could Put You At Risk

CRN asks 12 executives, sales and technical leaders attending Black Hat 2019 what they see as the top oft-repeated beliefs about cybersecurity that are foolishly accepted as fact.

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Companies Are Unable To Defend Against Sophisticated Attacks

Security novices tend to think of the dark web or underground economy as a cabal of shadowy actors with perfect security skills, according to John Wetzel, Recorded Future's head of threat intelligence and product training. But adversaries can be forced to resort to more complicated processes or systems or give up on the target altogether based on the actions of the defender, Wetzel said.

Companies often underestimate their capacity to defend against a sophisticated attack simply by putting themselves into a stronger defense posture, Wetzel said. By doing so, Wetzel said businesses can drive up the cost of an attack to the point where it's no longer tenable for the attacker.

Advanced actors and groups up to and including nation-states often opt to use commodity malware to save money and complicate attribution, Wetzel said. Well-designed commodity malware is easy for adversaries to use, scale and exploit as part of a network attacks, according to Wetzel.

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