Carrying forward an idea to categorize advanced targeted attackers proposed by Eric Ahlm here at Gartner, I am proposing the following profiles and “levels” of attacker. Feel free to comment or propose other ways to portray this information. If you are interested in defending against or detecting advanced targeted attacks, see my research titled “Best Practices for Mitigating Advanced Persistent Threats”.
Attacker Profile: Organized Crime
Motivation: In it for the easy money targets
Attacker Profile: Industrial Espionage
Motivation: They want your intellectual property, trade secrets, customer data, business strategies etc.
Attacker Profile: Activist or terrorist groups
Motivation: They want to make a statement, cause harm
Attacker Profile: Nation States
Motivation: Economic, Political or Militarily
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