Most cybercriminals are largely indiscriminate and opportunistic; they'll attack whoever is vulnerable and take what they can get. Nation-state hackers, on the other hand, are more selective; their targets are often part of a big-picture strategy that serves the sponsoring nation-state. As such, these adversaries are often well-armed and well-resourced with access to advanced attack tools available on the deep and dark web.
In more than one well-publicized nation-state attack, it was clear that the attackers used cyber tools developed by and stolen from the US National Security Agency.
Most target organizations—governments, private companies with significant intellectual capital or institutes of higher learning—are adept at fighting traditional means of attack. But when it comes to preparing for and responding to a nation-state attack, enterprises need a whole different skill set and program capability. Advanced adversaries require an advanced security program.
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