Lashing back at hackers is probably not the best way for companies to respond to cyberattacks, according to security professionals attending the ASIS International and (ISC)2 2013 annual congresses, who say that even if retaliatory strikes wind up hitting the right target, they are only likely to exacerbate the conflict. Instead, experts recommend firms invest in making their networks harder and more expensive to breach by closing security gaps, enhancing communication between departments and properly training employees on safe practices.

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