Misconfigured Networks Are Easy Targets
A survey of DEFCON conference attendees show that misconfigured networks are the easiest prey for most attackers.
According to a recently released survey of DEFCON conference attendees, mis-configured networks are the "lowest-hanging fruit" for most attackers. As highlighted in this report on Dark Reading, the survey found that 73 percent of respondents come across a mis-configured network more than three quarters of the time which is the easiest IT resource to exploit.
"In its annual 'Hacking Habits' survey, Tufin Technologies reports that attendees of DEFCON, often viewed as a 'hacker' conference, was indeed populated by individuals who described themselves as black hats (11 percent) or gray hats (46 percent).
"Although nearly two-thirds of the attendees are employed in corporate IT positions, less than 30 percent of the sample said they were motivated by the desire to actually fix broken systems. Sixty-eight percent admitted to hacking 'just for fun.'"