Hackernomics presented at 17th USENIX Security Symposium 2008

by Hugh Thompson,

Tags: Security Exploitation Development Automation

Summary : Security processes inside most commercial development teams haven't caught up with the growing threat from organized crime groups that are becoming better financed, are relying more on automation to find vulnerabilities, and have figured out how to drive down the cost of launching a significant attack. This talk looks at why the incentive to attack and the ability to find flaws are outpacing practiced application security techniques. It examines how the economics of software attack and defense ("hackernomics") is changing and looks at some interesting outcomes, such as making vulnerability discovery a viable business. The talk will include several live vulnerability demonstrations to illustrate the exploitation vs. prevention dynamics.