IT Brief NZ - A quick guide to understanding cybercriminals' motivations


A quick guide to understanding cybercriminals' motivations

It would be unreasonable to expect you to know what is going on inside the head of a cybercriminal.

Why do cybercriminals do what they do? How do they do it? When will they strike? What can you do to stay vigilant against people who are using the most advanced technology, and tried and tested psychological tricks?

It’s almost impossible to keep up with the rapid developments on the frontlines of the virtual-war, even for the most shrewd and technically proficient among us.

Fortunately, SolarWinds has compiled a guide that is designed to help you get inside the mind of a cybercriminal.

As with all people, cybercriminals follow patterns that can be observed and analysed to give those who want to keep themselves and their organisations safe a headstart.

In 2011, retired US Admiral, Michael Mullen said, “The single biggest existential threat that’s out there, I think, is cyber.”

Seven years on, his comment is more relevant than ever as the lines between the real world and the online one continue to blur, and cybercrime truly has become a threat to an organisation’s very existence.

We can look to a much older expert on the nature of war to provide some insight on how to best stay protected - Sun Tsu wrote, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.”

SolarWinds' ‘Think Like a Cybercriminal’ eBook will tell you:

  • Two types of attacks you will see 
  • Two types of cybercriminals to look out for
  • How to understand the motives of a cybercriminal
  • Past examples of the different types of attacks

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