Who’s Attacking You and Why?

Hacktivists, Cyber Criminals, and Advanced Persistent Threats, Oh My!

When building out your organization’s cyber security strategy, it’s easy to conceptualize hackers as one-dimensional antagonists without paying consideration to their underlying rationale.

Some hackers are motivated by money or fame, while others are motivated by politics or their desire to make a statement. Some hackers cast a wide net, selecting targets on an opportunistic basis, while others leverage carefully-planned attacks against specific organizations.

The individuals behind a cyber threat can be classified into three high level categories, each with distinct motives, targets, and methods of attack. Being able to distinguish between these groups can deepen your understanding of the threat landscape, better equipping you to consider the appropriate defenses.

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