IT World Canada: Keep an eye on social media for advanced cyber-attack warnings

6 November 2015

More than one IT security expert has warned CISOs need to be proactive to thwart cyber attacks before they get started rather than be play defence. Usually this means getting onto the “dark Web,” where hackers buy and sell malware and stolen data, to find clues about immanent — or ongoing — attacks.

But there may be intel closer than that, writes Alastair Paterson, CEO and co-founder of Digital Shadows, a situation awareness service. Social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and sharing sites like Pastebin can also be early-warning sources.