The security industry needs to become more clandestine in its approach to incident response, making it harder for attackers to know that they are being tracked.

At least that’s what researchers concluded in the fifth installment of VMware Carbon Black’s semi-annual Global Incident Response Threat Report, which also focused heavily on the impact of COVID-19 on security operations.

The study found that 33 percent of respondents encountered instances of attempted counter incident response (counter IR) – a 10 percent increase from its previous report, said Tom Kellermann, head of cybersecurity strategy at VM Carbon Black. Some 50 percent of the attacks were deletion of logs, while another 44 percent were diversions, including timestamp manipulations, subnet changes and authentication manipulations.

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