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Defend Like an Attacker: 4 Required Approaches

Ran Shahor Co-Founder & CEO
Brig. General Ran Shahor
CEO and Co-Founder, HolistiCyber

Our CEO and Co-Founder, Brigadier General (Ret.) Ran Shahor  (pictured on the left) was recently featured in Security Magazine relaying his extensive knowledge around nation-state cyber attackers and how to defend against them.

Despite the cliché “an attacker doesn’t care about your compliance” it is sadly still how aspects of security are addressed in the enterprise. While it is a necessity, compliance is not security and that is oft forgotten.

So what is the alternative? It is something we focus on quite a bit here at HolistiCyber – Defending like an Attacker.

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Understanding who your cyber attackers are and why they would be motivated to attack you is a critical part of any defense plan. If you’re defending based on “best practices” or what the vendors are telling you to watch out for, you could potentially be missing a major threat vector that your attackers are very comfortable exploiting. This is why any and everyone can be a target for a nation-state attack.

There are several reasons to be of interest to a nation-state, such as but not limited to:

  • IP, Financial, and Economic Data
  • High Net Worth Investments
  • Cross-Border M&A
  • Geopolitical Interests/Targets

These are just some of the reasons – not to mention the pandemic we are all facing as well.

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In the article he discusses 4 main approaches to consider when creating your offensively defensive plan:

  • Pragmatism
  • Persistence
  • Deep-Level Technical Expertise and Creativity
  • Big Picture and Holistic Thinking

You can find the original article here to read more: “Defend like an attacker: 4 required approaches.” You can also get in contact with us via our Contact Us page to discuss how we can help bring your cybersecurity program to the cyber defense level.


HolistiCyber enables organizations in their cyber defense challenge, providing them with state-of-the art consultancy, services & solutions to help them proactively and holistically defend themselves in a new era of constantly evolving cyber threats, many of which lead to nation state grade attacks. 

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