Fraud Management & Cybercrime , Governance & Risk Management , Incident & Breach Response

By the Book: How to Thwart Cyberattacks

Cyber Threat Alliance's Michael Daniel on Disrupting Attacker's Business Model
Michael Daniel, president, Cyber Threat Alliance

The Cyber Threat Alliance is developing playbooks that will show organizations how to thwart cyberattacks.

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Cyber Threat Alliance President Michael Daniel says the playbooks will "map out how the bad guys are actually doing their business" by exposing their business models and processes and publishing "that information in a way that will enable cybersecurity vendors, individual companies, governments to ... look at the steps the bad guys have to go through and begin to disrupt those business models."

In a video interview at Information Security Media Group's recent Breach Prevention Summit in Washington, Daniel also discusses:

  • The Cyber Threat Alliance's centralized cyberthreat information sharing platform in which vendor members can incorporate the threat data into their products' defensive software;
  • The different motivations of criminal and nation-state attackers; and
  • Lessons from recent ransomware attacks.

As Cyber Threat Alliance president, Daniel oversees the information sharing and analysis organization formed by a group of security vendors to improve defenses against advanced cyber adversaries who threaten its members and their customers. Before being named alliance president in February, Daniel served as cybersecurity coordinator and special assistant to the president for the last 4½ years of Barack Obama's presidency. He also worked in various positions in the White House Office of Management and Budget from 1995 to 2012, including as intelligence branch chief.

About the Author

Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

Retired Executive Editor, GovInfoSecurity

Chabrow, who retired at the end of 2017, hosted and produced the semi-weekly podcast ISMG Security Report and oversaw ISMG's GovInfoSecurity and InfoRiskToday. He's a veteran multimedia journalist who has covered information technology, government and business.

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