In a recent survey of 100 security executives from companies having revenues of $100 million or more, a majority 80% advocated the use of intelligence-gathering and situational awareness-building as key to defending their networks.
More the half (54%) of the IT security executives surveyed believed their companies would be well served if they were legally allowed to strike back either defensively or pre-emptively at those seeking to attack their network infrastructures, according to the survey which was commissioned by security vendor CounterTack.
Another 27% said they wouldn't mind launching an offensive against an attacker if such a move would help law enforcement.
A growing number of organizations have begun breaking back into servers and networks belonging to their attackers to see what data might have been stolen from them, or to disrupt the attackers command and control capabilities, said Richard Stiennon, a principal at IT-Harvest who contributed to the report.
"All of a sudden it has become a bit of the Wild West out there," said Stiennon.
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