McAfee Labs Calls for Industry to be Proactive in Combating Cyber Threats

A new report by McAfee, Inc. has highlighted the need for industry to be more proactive in fighting cyber crime. The report, titled “Security Takes the Offensive,” serves as a “call to arms” for the security industry and contains strategies from a number of international experts.

“Cybercriminals prosper because they have very little reason to fear the consequences,” said Jeff Green, senior vice president of McAfee Labs. “As security experts, it’s time to take a hard look at what we do, how we do it, and what our ultimate goals are. The tools and techniques of cybercrime continue to grow in number and sophistication at alarming rates. Every time we release a new statistic about the rise in malware it points to our failure as an industry.”

Instead of operating on the defensive, waiting for attacks to take place, the report calls upon industry to involve law enforcement, marshal forces and present an aggressive front.

“As we look at the evolution of risky domains and websites over multiple years, we can’t avoid the conclusion that the risk keeps increasing in both volume and sophistication,” said David Marcus, director of security research and communications for McAfee Labs. “If we want to stop being victims, then the good guys need to advance security efforts as threats evolve.”

The report includes the following recommendations:

1) Use the techniques of hackers

2) Provide data to law enforcement to track and prosecute cyber criminals

3) Share information

4) Implement “shuns” and “stuns”, whereby networks are ostracized by the Internet community or hit out at botnets

5) Use tactics which make cyber crime riskier

6) Increase cyber education for governments

Access the report here

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