Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks at the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber summit held by CISA last year. DHS has pioneered Moving Target Defense, which aims to control change across multiple systems to increase uncertainty and apparent complexity for attackers, reducing their window of opportunity. Today’s columnist, John Briar of BotRx, outlines why MTD stands as the best long-term technique to reduce the attack service and deliver website security. (Creative Commons CC BY 2.0)

The cybersecurity industry has an effectiveness problem. Despite thousands of available tools, breaches continue unabated. If these tools – which often overstate the effectiveness of artificial intelligence and machine learning – were enough to solve the problem, they would have done so by now. 

Headlines often capture stories of large-scale breaches, but leave out pertinent details on how adversaries launch attacks. The attackers are increasingly proficient and reliant upon automated bots to complete malicious activities. Forrester has found that these bots account for nearly 40 percent of internet traffic – half of which are malicious attacks that result in denial of service (DoS) attacks and stolen data.

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