When you are trying to protect a network you are going to usually play a lot of defence It is just the nature of the game. You have to wait to see what the bad guys are going to do before you get a chance to stop them. That is because you cannot protect something that you have never seen before. The bad guys are always going to come up with something new so you have to wait to see what that new attack is. No one is psychic and you would have to have psychic ability to be able to stop something like that.
But you do not have to have psychic ability to be able to stop something that you have seen in the past. And while it is true that all of the top black hat hackers are going to have the ability to be able to come up with something new all of the time, the truth of the matter is that you are not dealing with the top hackers most of the time. Most of the time you are going to be dealing with the lower tier and mid level black hat hackers. There are only so many top level black hat hackers in the world and there is a good chance that they are not going to be the ones that you are dealing with.
So if you want to be able to go on the offence to stop attacks that are going to happen to your network then all you need to do is study the past. Not all of the attacks that are going to hit you are going to come from fresh zero day attacks. So look at whatever resources that you need to and see if any of the attacks in the past would be able to affect the software and the hardware that you have in your setup now.
When you do find that you have security issues in your setup then you are going to have to be proactive and fix them. This is how you are going to be able to be proactive and go on offence when it comes to protecting your network. Being able to stop an attack before it even reaches you is a great way to go on offence and you will most likely find that it is the best way.
You are not going to be able to stop every attack like that. Like we said earlier in the article you are going to see new attacks hit your network. But do not be afraid of them. Another way that you can be sure that these new attacks have minimum effect on you is to make sure that the software that you use is up to date. Even the new attacks, most of the time, hope that the person being attacked has not updated their software. So while the attacks itself has not been seen in the wild before there is a good chance that the software vulnerability that it is using has been seen and known about for a while now.
When you want to be able to protect your network, you of course want to do the things that will help you on defence But you want to go above and beyond that as well. You want to try and go on offence and try to stop attacks before they are able to affect your network.