Update: This post has been updated with a new date for the webinar
On Tuesday, August 12 at 1:00 PM EDT a Fidelis customer will be interviewed for a SANS WhatWorks webinar discussing their experience evaluating, selecting and implementing a solution designed to protect their network from nation-state threats. You can register for the webinar here but I wanted to provide a quick preview of the differences between nation-state threats and those posed by other actors such as cybercriminals targeting financial gain or hactivists promoting a political agenda.
Nation-state actors have a degree of funding that allows them to conduct highly targeted, long-running campaigns, while other actors typically have short-lived or “shotgun style” campaigns that cast a wide net or hope to catch the low-hanging fruit.
In addition to the different attack styles, nation-state actors are typically after intellectual property or other trade secrets as opposed to purely financial gain. This leads to a difference in tactics and behavior when they gain access to target networks. Recognizing these unique behaviors and tactics will allow security teams to build strategies that take nation-state threats into account.