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Date:7/18/2013

it. It’s that critical window between the discovery of a potential exploit and the development and implementation of a solution that is the realm of a zero day attack. Unfortunately, in most cases there is the cyber equivalent to a patient zero, that first reported victim who starts the gears of the cyber security industry moving towards finding a solution. But by then, there may already be a flood of casualties out there. That’s what makes the need for an effective and well supported cyber emergency incident response plan absolutely crucial for any entity with a digital presence, especially those whose core functions and/or downright existence rely on their digital assets.”

So who are the players in the black market world of zero day exploits?

“Once upon a time, the zero day exploit market was by hackers, for hackers. But today, everyone from run-of-the-mill cyber criminals, to rival governments and global business competitors seek to leverage every advantage they can find, and others are buyers that simply can’t afford to wait for the slow gears of the cyber security industry to get through the bureaucracy and other delays inherent to today’s solution process, like security agencies tasked with keeping national infrastructure assets safe, so they flat out buy the exploits from grey hat and black hat hackers alike. If a zero day exploit is out there, they want to know about it on day zero so they can adjust accordingly, and they’ll pay top dollar for the privilege. And since zero day exploits can affect the bottom line fortunes of huge corporations, it’s no wonder software giants like Microsoft are willing to pay six figure sums to learn about the exploits as quickly as possible so they can address them post haste. They know if flaws in their software can expose their users to intrusions or other types of attacks, it wil
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