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

blog / oct. 12, 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: oct. 12, 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. 12, 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: oct. 12, 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 / sept. 28, 2017 (MODIFIED: oct. 10, 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 / sept. 26, 2017 (MODIFIED: oct. 04, 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 / sept. 21, 2017 (MODIFIED: oct. 12, 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 / sept. 19, 2017 (MODIFIED: oct. 10, 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 / sept. 14, 2017 (MODIFIED: oct. 12, 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 / sept. 13, 2017 (MODIFIED: oct. 12, 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 / sept. 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 / sept. 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 / août 31, 2017 (MODIFIED: oct. 04, 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 / août 29, 2017 (MODIFIED: sept. 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 / août 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 / août 22, 2017 (MODIFIED: sept. 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 / août 17, 2017 (MODIFIED: sept. 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 / août 15, 2017 (MODIFIED: sept. 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 / août 09, 2017 (MODIFIED: sept. 26, 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 / août 03, 2017 (MODIFIED: sept. 25, 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 / août 01, 2017 (MODIFIED: sept. 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 / juil. 27, 2017 (MODIFIED: sept. 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 / juil. 25, 2017 (MODIFIED: sept. 13, 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 / juil. 20, 2017 (MODIFIED: sept. 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 / juil. 18, 2017 (MODIFIED: sept. 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 / juil. 13, 2017 (MODIFIED: sept. 01, 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 / juil. 11, 2017 (MODIFIED: août 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 / juil. 06, 2017 (MODIFIED: août 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.

The Six Most Common Audit Failures

blog / juin 29, 2017 (MODIFIED: août 15, 2017)

by Kyle Robinson, Senior Manager at Grant Thornton

A veteran auditor walks through where he’s seen organizations fail during audit.

NSA, CIA Leaks Provide a Roadmap to Stealthier, Faster, More Powerful Malware Like SambaCry and NotPetya

blog / juin 27, 2017 (MODIFIED: août 09, 2017)

by Mike Convertino

Recent NSA and CIA leaks exposed advanced new techniques for building automated malware factories that churn out threats like SambaCry and Petya/NotPetya, which deploy over untraceable networks.

Achieving Multi-Dimensional Security through Information Modeling—The Master Model Part 2

blog / juin 22, 2017 (MODIFIED: août 03, 2017)

by Ravila White

Understanding the customer segment of your organization is critical to developing a strategy that ensures regulatory compliance.

Russian Hackers, Face to Face

blog / juin 21, 2017 (MODIFIED: août 01, 2017)

by Ray Pompon

An undercover interview of two infamous Russian hackers speak volumes about skills, passion, and motivation of some of the world’s most dangerous cybercriminals.

TrickBot Expands Global Targets Beyond Banks and Payment Processors to CRMs

blog / juin 15, 2017 (MODIFIED: août 01, 2017)

by Sara Boddy, Jesse Smith, Doron Voolf

TrickBot shows no signs of slowing down as new targets are added and command and control servers hide within web hosting providers’ networks.

Yak Shaving: CISOs Aren’t Immune

blog / juin 14, 2017 (MODIFIED: juil. 25, 2017)

by Ray Pompon

Sometimes, CISOs spin their wheels doing useless security activity that only looks productive from the outside.

10 Ways Organizations Can Get Ready for Breach Disclosure

blog / juin 08, 2017 (MODIFIED: juil. 20, 2017)

by Ray Pompon

Facing data breach disclosure requirements across the globe, organizations need to be prepare in advance to respond well.

Default Passwords Are Not the Biggest Part of the IoT Botnet Problem

blog / juin 06, 2017 (MODIFIED: juil. 20, 2017)

by Lori MacVittie

Providers and manufacturers could go a long way toward reducing the very real threat of IoT.

The CISO: A Field Guide

blog / juin 01, 2017 (MODIFIED: juil. 18, 2017)

by Bill Hughes

Learn to recognize different types of CISOs so you can ensure you’re hiring the right one.

Fight Credential Stuffing by Taking a New Approach to Authorization

blog / mai 31, 2017 (MODIFIED: juil. 06, 2017)

by Michael Koyfman

How a token-based authorization model can help organizations dramatically reduce credential stuffing attacks.

SambaCry: The Linux Sequel to WannaCry

blog / mai 26, 2017 (MODIFIED: juil. 11, 2017)

by Malcolm Heath, Ray Pompon

With simple exploits plaguing Windows and Linux SMB week over week, do yourself a favor and patch for CVE-2017-7494 now to avoid having to do it in panic mode.

How I Learned to Love Cyber Security

blog / mai 25, 2017 (MODIFIED: juil. 18, 2017)

by Todd Plesco, CISO of Prescribe Wellness

Cyber security can be a difficult and thankless job, but you can learn to love it when you know how to go about it.

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