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Engaging in battles with cybercriminals may not be the best idea for businesses that want to keep their business-critical files safe. However, some information security professionals can't help themselves, as 36 percent of respondents to an nCircle survey admitted to retaliatory hacking at some point.

The survey was conducted at the Black Hat USA 2012 security conference in Las Vegas, to gauge the thoughts of information security professionals on a wide range of topics.

The soul purpose of information security professionals is keeping critical information safe, and retaliatory tactics are foolish as cybercriminals are well-seasoned veterans in computer hacking. 

"There's a huge difference between a security expert who can qualify attackers and apply appropriate responses and a neophyte who reacts blindly," said Tim Keanini, chief technical officer for nCircle. "The best strategy for most companies is to forget retaliation and concentrate on improving their defenses."

Whether businesses engage in retaliatory hacking or not, it is still a smart idea to purchase cyberliability insurance policies that can keep a business protected unless their secure information is hacked.

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