I’m glad Security Pipeline published the news so explicitly. After the company Symbiot published a white paper suggesting that it was time to turn against network intruders and launch denial of service attacks from the white hats against the black hats, I haven’t been able to find anyone in the traditional computer security community to back it. A typical response is to go over to the wall and put one’s head up to it in despair–and that’s one of the more polite responses I’ve gotten. Some experts withhold judgement, but they don’t seem to think the proposal was serious.
Now Security Pipeline ran a poll and found (probably to everyone’s surprise) that a strong majority of readers like the idea of counter-attack. And this is what Symbiot is telling me when they approach customers–even government agencies. There’s a positive response to the idea.
As an interview I published with Symbiot shows, their concept of returning fire is more sophisticated than most people realize. And their product features much more than counter-attack; that’s probably a minor feature of the overall approach. Further confounding people who make snap judgements, Symbiot is going to open source much of their solution. I’m not an adherent to their cause yet, but I’m keeping in touch with them and expect this approach is not going to go away.