Phishing: The Secret of its Success and What You Can Do to Stop It

report / nov. 16, 2017

by Ray Pompon

Learn about the tricks attackers use to dupe unsuspecting users and how you can help protect them—and your organization.

A CISO Landmine: No Security Awareness Training

blog / nov. 14, 2017 (MODIFIED: nov. 17, 2017)

by Mike Levin, Center for Information Security Awareness

CISOs who fail to prioritize security awareness training are putting their business and assets at serious risk.

Is a Good Offense the Best Defense Against Hackers?

blog / nov. 09, 2017 (MODIFIED: nov. 16, 2017)

by Ray Pompon

Proposed legislation could change existing laws that bars victims of hacking attacks from striking back.

What Happens to Encryption in a Post-Quantum Computing World?

blog / nov. 07, 2017 (MODIFIED: nov. 16, 2017)

by Debbie Walkowski

As the possibility of quantum computing draws nearer, changes to today’s TLS key exchange algorithms will be required.

Can Engineers Build Networks Too Complicated for Humans to Operate? Part II: Making Sense of Network Activities and System Behaviors

blog / nov. 02, 2017 (MODIFIED: nov. 14, 2017)

by Mike Simon

How to selectively capture packets for further analysis and avoid buying a storage farm.

Academic Research: A Survey of Email Attacks

article / oct. 31, 2017 (MODIFIED: nov. 16, 2017)

by David Hammerstrom, Sara McGarvey, Russel Parham, Kyle Uecker, Anthony Wade

Email has become such an ordinary part of our daily lives that we can forget how vulnerable it is.

Reaper: The Professional Bot Herder’s Thingbot

blog / oct. 26, 2017 (MODIFIED: nov. 09, 2017)

by David Holmes, Justin Shattuck

While Reaper might be considered an “object lesson” today, it should serve as a blistering warning that IoT security needs to be fixed now.

Help Guide the Future of Apps – Ultimately your Threat Landscape – by Responding to our SOAD Survey!

blog / oct. 24, 2017 (MODIFIED: nov. 02, 2017)

by Lori MacVittie

Assessing the State of Application Delivery depends on getting information from you about your applications!

Third-Party Security is Your Security

blog / oct. 24, 2017 (MODIFIED: nov. 16, 2017)

by Ray Pompon

When you must depend on third parties for a variety of products and services, it’s critical that you hold them to high security standards.

Interview with the Experts: The Future of IoT Security through the Eyes of F5 Threat Researchers

blog / oct. 19, 2017 (MODIFIED: nov. 14, 2017)

by Debbie Walkowski

When it comes to IoT threats, we’re nowhere near being out of the woods yet; we’ve just barely entered the forest.

New Threat May Slip through the KRACK in BYOD Policies

blog / oct. 17, 2017 (MODIFIED: nov. 16, 2017)

by Lori MacVittie

Combating this vulnerability might mean you have to force updates on employees’ personal devices or deny them access altogether.

How to Be a More Effective CISO by Aligning Your Security to the Business

blog / oct. 17, 2017 (MODIFIED: nov. 14, 2017)

by Ray Pompon

Security must align to the business needs, not the other way around. Begin with investigation and understanding to be most effective.

Joining Forces with Criminals, Deviants, and Spies to Defend Privacy

blog / oct. 12, 2017 (MODIFIED: nov. 07, 2017)

by Jennifer Chermoshnyuk, Matt Beland

Organizations need to provide clear and specific guidance to employees who travel across national borders when it comes to giving up passwords and surrendering devices.

Academic Research: Web Application Attacks

article / oct. 10, 2017 (MODIFIED: nov. 09, 2017)

by Andrew Cox, Daniel Freese, Matthew Martin, Daniel Massie

Personally identifiable information and user credentials are the primary nuggets attackers are after when they exploit known vulnerabilities in web applications.

The Good News about Breaches

blog / oct. 04, 2017 (MODIFIED: oct. 31, 2017)

by Lori MacVittie

Security breaches in the news serve as a good reminder to check and make sure you have a solid application protection strategy in place, starting with never trusting user input.

Proposed Legislation Calls for Cleaning Up the IoT Security Mess

blog / oct. 03, 2017 (MODIFIED: nov. 14, 2017)

by Ray Pompon, David Holmes

Legislation is a good first step toward persuading IoT manufacturers (who want to stay in business) to do the right thing when it comes to the security of their devices.

Phishing for Information, Part 5: How Attackers Pull It All Together, and How You Can Fight Back

blog / sep. 28, 2017 (MODIFIED: oct. 24, 2017)

by Ray Pompon

Stop feeding attackers every piece of the puzzle they need to pull off their scams.

Five Reasons CISOs Should Keep an Open Mind about Cryptocurrencies

blog / sep. 26, 2017 (MODIFIED: nov. 09, 2017)

by Ray Pompon, Justin Shattuck

Far from a dying breed, cryptocurrencies are not only evolving but being accepted in countless new markets. CISOs need to know the ins and outs, pros and cons.

Profile of a Hacker: The Real Sabu, Part 2 of 2

blog / sep. 21, 2017 (MODIFIED: oct. 17, 2017)

by David Holmes

New information sheds light on Sabu’s activities following the revelation of his identity.

CISOs: Striving Toward Proactive Security Strategies

report / sep. 19, 2017 (MODIFIED: nov. 09, 2017)

by Mike Convertino

As enterprises more closely align their security and IT operations, they still struggle to shift their security programs from reactive to proactive.

TrickBot Rapidly Expands its Targets in August, Shifting Focus to US Banks and Credit Card Companies

article / sep. 14, 2017 (MODIFIED: oct. 17, 2017)

by Sara Boddy, Jesse Smith, Doron Voolf

TrickBot kicked into high gear coming into August with the most targeted URLs since its launch. It released a new worm module, shifted its focus towards the US, and soared past the one thousand target URL mark in a single configuration.

Five Reasons the CISO is a Cryptocurrency Skeptic—Starting with Bitcoin

blog / sep. 13, 2017 (MODIFIED: oct. 24, 2017)

by David Holmes

There’s a lot of hype surrounding cryptocurrencies, but what’s good for currency traders may not be great for security-minded professionals.

Phishing for Information, Part 4: Beware of Data Leaking Out of Your Equipment

blog / sep. 07, 2017 (MODIFIED: oct. 10, 2017)

by Ray Pompon

Organizations often overlook the many ways in which their own systems put useful information right into the hands of attackers building cyber scams.

WireX Android DDoS Malware Adds UDP Flood

blog / sep. 01, 2017 (MODIFIED: oct. 04, 2017)

by Julia Karpin, Liron Segal, Maxim Zavodchik

As quickly as attackers commandeer IoT devices to build more “thingbots,” they continue to evolve their attack types and functionality.

Six Steps to Finding Honey in the OWASP

blog / ago. 31, 2017 (MODIFIED: oct. 17, 2017)

by Ray Pompon

According to Verizon’s 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report, “Web applications remain the proverbial punching bag of the Internet.” Things haven’t improved much since then. What is it about web applications that makes them so...

URL Obfuscation—Still a Phisher's Phriend

blog / ago. 29, 2017 (MODIFIED: sep. 28, 2017)

by Ray Pompon

Cyber crooks use several common URL disguising techniques to trick users into thinking their sham sites are legitimate.

Achieving Multi-Dimensional Security through Information Modeling—Executive Threat Modeling Part 3

blog / ago. 23, 2017 (MODIFIED: oct. 10, 2017)

by Ravila White

How InfoSec leaders can build successful threat models by defining the threat landscape and its component resources, then asking simple, situational questions.

Phishing for Information, Part 3: How Attackers Gather Data About Your Organization

blog / ago. 22, 2017 (MODIFIED: sep. 28, 2017)

by Ray Pompon

The Internet is full of information about your company that’s easily accessible to anyone and particularly useful to attackers.

"Cry 'Havoc' and Let Loose the Thingbots of War!"

blog / ago. 17, 2017 (MODIFIED: sep. 21, 2017)

by Lori MacVittie

Gray hats might have good intentions launching their “vigilante” botnets, but are they really helping us win the war against Death Star-sized thingbots?

Where Do Vulnerabilities Come From?

blog / ago. 15, 2017 (MODIFIED: sep. 26, 2017)

by Ray Pompon

Vulnerabilities are an emergent property of modern software’s complexity, requested features, and the way data inputs are handled.

The Hunt for IoT: The Rise of Thingbots

report / ago. 09, 2017 (MODIFIED: oct. 17, 2017)

by Sara Boddy, Justin Shattuck

With “thingbots” now launching Death Star-sized DDoS attacks, hosting banking trojans, and causing physical destruction, all signs are pointing to them becoming the attacker infrastructure of the future.

Can Engineers Build Networks Too Complicated for Humans to Operate? Part I: Scope of the Problem

blog / ago. 03, 2017 (MODIFIED: oct. 30, 2017)

by Mike Simon

This series explores how InfoSec practitioners can use math, technology, and critical thinking to mitigate risk in a world where networks and data have surpassed the scope of human comprehension.

RSA in a “Pre-Post-Quantum” Computing World

blog / ago. 01, 2017 (MODIFIED: sep. 07, 2017)

by David Holmes

Quantum computing is coming. What should your strategy be today to deal with what’s on the horizon?

TrickBot Focuses on Wealth Management Services from its Dyre Core

article / jul. 27, 2017 (MODIFIED: sep. 01, 2017)

by Sara Boddy, Jesse Smith, Doron Voolf

As TrickBot evolves, we examine version 24, which heavily targets Nordic financial institutions, and we take a close look at the Dyre–TrickBot connection.

What Are You Doing to Protect Critical Infrastructure?

blog / jul. 25, 2017 (MODIFIED: nov. 10, 2017)

by Mike Levin, Center for Information Security Awareness

Protecting our critical infrastructure is everyone’s responsibility, and there are many ways we can all do our part.

Phishing for Information, Part 2: How Attackers Collect Data About Your Employees

blog / jul. 20, 2017 (MODIFIED: sep. 01, 2017)

by Ray Pompon

The personal and job-related information that employees often innocently post on various websites makes it easy for phishers to pull off their scams.

How to Avoid the Six Most Common Audit Failures

blog / jul. 18, 2017 (MODIFIED: sep. 01, 2017)

by Ray Pompon

A veteran auditor told us how organizations fail audits. Here are six detailed strategies to help you achieve success.

How Quantum Computing Will Change Browser Encryption

report / jul. 13, 2017 (MODIFIED: nov. 02, 2017)

by David Holmes

Safeguarding TLS against attack in the quantum computing age will require changes to today’s TLS key exchange algorithms.

Who Should the CISO Report To?

blog / jul. 11, 2017 (MODIFIED: ago. 24, 2017)

by Ray Pompon

Savvy organizations that understand the gravity of cyber security are giving CISOs a voice at the executive table.

Phishing for Information, Part 1: How Phishers Bait Their Hooks with Information You Volunteer

blog / jul. 06, 2017 (MODIFIED: ago. 17, 2017)

by Ray Pompon

In this five-part blog series, we look at how cyber scammers vacuum up information across the Internet to build profiles for phishing and other kinds of social engineering attacks.

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