Frank Heinzmann, Member of the Board, Information Security Society Switzerland (ISSS)
In my point of view, there was already a ‘golden age’ for the typical ‘hacktivist’ in the past. The easiest target was, is and, in my opinion, will remain in the near future end users and SMEs, i.e. the broad population that lacks the know-how and resources to ensure appropriate levels of protection.
However, the protagonists and the attack vectors have shifted, and when we move from ‘typical’ hackers to organised or state-supported cyber attacks and terror, the situation is very different. There, highly specialised, complex attacks are launched against selected targets with very specific objectives. As a rule, substantial funds are available for these – and yes, in this context, one could speak of a ‘golden age’ for the players involved here.