In 2021, Breach & Attack Simulations are Key to Cybersecurity by Larry Vandell

October 6, 2021
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Introduction

The world as we know it is a place where unending threat assessment is the key to being prepared against potential attacks from malignant actors. The word cybersecurity sounds like a cliche to those who haven’t been victims of a cyber attack. Only those who haven’t been victims believe that cybersecurity is a waste of resources.

The US military is possibly the strongest and most battle-ready defense arm in the world. While most attribute this to a bigger budget, there are other underlying factors. One of these factors is the establishment of the opposing force (OPFOR), which tests and sharpens the battle sense of the US army.

The US OPFOR is so good that they outperform the military of the US and other nations. So, what better place to take security cues from than the world’s finest? 

Cybersecurity is often perceived as a reactive response rather than an active security effort. This attitude weakens its overall efficiency as attackers are constantly evolving to stay a step ahead. This leaves cybersecurity efforts in a constant state of playing catch-up.

Cybersecurity is more than just processes and tools. It’s security consciousness regarding threats that permeate our cyberspace. Like our muscles need exercise to stay in shape, cybersecurity needs a consistent workout....

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