Predicting and Preventing Cyberattacks

Midsize Insider

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), which conducts research for the U.S. intelligence community, is heading up a program called the Cyber-attack Automated Unconventional Sensor Environment (CAUSE). The goal of CAUSE is predicting and preventing cyberattacks by seeking out early indicators of cyberattacks, including monitoring cybercriminals who purchase malicious software or research a target online.

The long lead time between when an attacker performs reconnaissance and when they attack is critical, because firms simply cannot wait for an attack to happen before outlining a response plan. Researchers are also using big data and predictive analytics to develop new detection technologies that garner clues from around the Internet to indicate a malicious incident is in the works.

The research, featured in HS Today, highlights several key concepts relevant to midsize business. For one, security continues to be a major, if not top, concern for firms of all sizes. Smaller businesses have more to lose from a cyberattack since they have limited resources compared to larger enterprises. Secondly, identifying successful ways to thwart cybercrime can lead to more complete security solutions in an age of continuously evolving threats.