Cyber Review is a visual Q&A with authors of meaningful cybersecurity books. In this segment, we shed light on ideas and best practices that can help our audience protect themselves and their businesses against cyber attacks.
Today, we’re talking with Dan Borges about his book : “Adversarial Tradecraft in Cybersecurity : offense versus defense in real-time computer conflict”.
Dan is a security researcher who has worked for companies such as Uber, Mandiant and CrowdStrike. He has served in several security roles, from penetration tester to red teamer, and from SOC analyst to incident responder. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field and he has been the director of the Global Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition for 5 years.
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Little has been written about what to do when live hackers are on your system and running amok. Even experienced hackers tend to choke up when they realize the network defender has caught them and is zoning in on their implants in real time. This book will provide tips and tricks all along the kill chain of an attack, showing where hackers can have the upper hand in a live conflict and how defenders can outsmart them in this adversarial game of computer cat and mouse.
This book contains two subsections in each chapter, specifically focusing on the offensive and defensive teams. It begins by introducing you to adversarial operations and principles of computer conflict where you will explore the core principles of deception, humanity, economy, and more about human-on-human conflicts. Additionally, you will understand everything from planning to setting up infrastructure and tooling that both sides should have in place.
Throughout this book, you will learn how to gain an advantage over opponents by disappearing from what they can detect. You will further understand how to blend in, uncover other actors’ motivations and means, and learn to tamper with them to hinder their ability to detect your presence. Finally, you will learn how to gain an advantage through advanced research and thoughtfully concluding an operation.
By the end of this book, you will have achieved a solid understanding of cyberattacks from both an attacker’s and a defender’s perspective.