Infosec: Security firms should focus on protecting customers' data rather than trying to track hackers, says McAfee chief technology officer Raj Samani.
"I think it's irresponsible for us [security researchers] to speculate what the attribution, what the motivation and what the source of any given attack is," Samani told V3.
Security researchers are ill-equipped to track and catch hackers by themselves, he added.
"You remember the Night Dragon and Shady RAT cyber attacks, we couldn't absolutely say where they came from," Samani said.
"I used to do security analytics and to come back with absolute certainty you need to do network analysis, you need to do forensic analysis, then you need to go out and interview and even then you're not absolutely sure."
Samani's also said that security firms are currently marketing more services than they can realistically offer.
"No one security company can do everything, they shouldn't try too," he said.
Prior to Samani's comments the European Commission's (EC) head of the digital agenda, Neelie Kroes, said the public and private sector need to work together to combat cyber crime.
The EC head's sentiment was later mirrored by the UK minister for universities and science, David Willetts.
Willetts went on to predict that should the two sectors successfully cooperate, the cyber security market could be a goldmine for the British economy.
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