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With all the
breaches in the news as of late there’s been a lot of chatter about the
shifting threat landscape. I saw a post on social earlier in the week that got
me thinking; if the threat landscape is shifting – why is it that and how does
the collective industry slow things down so we can catch our breach and be
proactive with security.  The one piece
of security tech I rarely see folks using is deception technology, but maybe
the value of the tech is overlooked.

The idea
of evolution and Darwinism is pretty established at this point. Whether you be
believe in creation or evolution it doesn’t matter too much but what I want to
dial into is the concept of natural selection, if you aren’t familiar with term
it’s the process whereby organisms better adapted to their environment tend to
survive and produce more offspring.  
Charles Darwin’s idea of natural selection is generally created as an
evolutionist  theory BUT the point I want
to highlight is I think we can all agree is the common thread here whether
you’re a evolutionist of creationist is…mutation.   As we, collectively, evolve as species and
as all species we mutate we migrate and create a sense of genetic drift from
the original DNA strains.   But at the
most fundamental level genetic drift occurs from testing.   We test food, if it poisons us we die. We
test our living environments, if it makes us sick we have a lower chance of
procreation. If we’re dispositioned to reckless habits it could limit our
ability to pass on our genetics and or lessons to the next generation if we’re

speaking this is a very long term testing effort as a species but, what happens
if we couldn’t test.  What happens if the
test results were random.  I mean truly random.   What is something was gaming us all like
something out of the Hunger Games?  Two
people with the same genetic make up, eat the same berries – one gets poisoned
and dies and the other doesn’t.  What
happens those same two people with the same genetic make up live in an
environment that makes one sick but not the other.  If this was the case, it would be incredibly
hard to “test” and evolve.  Now, what
happens if that same idea applied to castle defenses?

The idea
of attacking castles is well documented over time and there’s a long history or
action and reaction. An attacker storms the front gate and gets in, the
defenders react and build a moat if they have a next time.  The defenders build the walls higher, the
attackers build a siege tower to easily get soldiers over the walls.   The defenders build defense in depth and
attackers create the Trojan horse.  But
what would happen if attack results were truly random, sometimes you go through
the front gate…sometimes you didn’t. 
Sometimes the moat was a problem, sometimes it wasn’t.  Sometimes you “thought” you got the Trojan
horse in, but you actually didn’t.  What
would have happened if the attackers thought they were exploiting castle
defense but were just wasting time and were delayed until the point they were
killed.  If this scenario was true – then
it’s safe to assume that the evolution of attacker techniques would be
slowed…because let’s be honest, they don’t know what does or doesn’t work.  If this scenario were true – it’s also safe
to assume the intellectual cultivation of castle siege and defense tactics and
overall “investment” in new attack or defense would be slowed because attackers
truly don’t have a relative sample size to test their hypothesis since the
results are random and not based on scientific fact.

If you agree with
those ideas, the environment in medieval times didn’t exist to create random
results but the technology exists today. 

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