How Secure Are Your Third-Party Web Apps?

blog / Apr 26, 2018

by Ray Pompon

You can’t assume that your third-party web apps are secure! You need to assess them yourself using this multi-step process.

The 2017 TLS Telemetry Report

report / Apr 23, 2018

by David Holmes

Privacy today isn’t just about staying away from prying eyes. The very act of communicating across the Internet with open, non-confidential protocols invites exposure to multiple threat types.

5 Fun Facts About the 2018 Singapore Cybersecurity Statute

/ Apr 19, 2018

by David Holmes

Fun Fact #2: the author is looking forward to being a card-carrying Singaporean crime fighter (temporarily) someday.

Extend Your Security Program’s Influence with Adjuvants

blog / Apr 17, 2018 (MODIFIED: Apr 26, 2018)

by Ray Pompon

Savvy CISOs don’t go it alone; they rely on in-house collaborators (outside of the security team) to help achieve the organization’s security objectives.

Windows IIS 6.0 CVE-2017-7269 Is Targeted Again to Mine Electroneum

article / Apr 12, 2018 (MODIFIED: Apr 25, 2018)

by Andrey Shalnev

Attackers are targeting a Windows IIS vulnerability first disclosed a year ago to mine Electroneum.

Know the Risks to Your Critical Apps and Defend Against Them

blog / Apr 10, 2018 (MODIFIED: Apr 26, 2018)

by Ray Pompon

Critical apps are the ones that must never go down or be hacked. They are also the hardest to defend because they are often massive, ancient, and touch everything.

The Global Playing Field is Leveling Out as Europe and Asia Take on More DDoS Attacks

article / Apr 06, 2018 (MODIFIED: Apr 23, 2018)

by Sara Boddy, Ilan Meller, Justin Shattuck, Damien Rocha

The latest DDoS trends include the return of large volumetric DDoS attacks, the rise of application targeted attacks, and businesses in Europe and Asia are growing targets.

Avoid Becoming a Crypto-Mining Bot: Where to Look for Mining Malware and How to Respond

/ Apr 03, 2018

by David Holmes

People are mining coins all over the place-all it costs is money for the power bill. So, of course, clever people are figuring out how to use other people’s power to mine cryptocurrency.

Old Dog, New Targets: Switching to Windows to Mine Electroneum

article / Mar 28, 2018 (MODIFIED: Apr 26, 2018)

by Andrey Shalnev

Apache Struts 2 Jakarta Multipart Parser RCE crypto-mining campaign is now targeting Windows, not just Linux systems.

IOT: Moving to Security by Design

/ Mar 27, 2018

by David Holmes

With device developers rushing to build IoT as fast as they can, security can suffer.

When Information Security is a Matter of Public Safety

blog / Mar 22, 2018 (MODIFIED: Apr 23, 2018)

by Ray Pompon, Sara Boddy, Debbie Walkowski

Seven steps for improving the security of critical infrastructure systems—and protecting the public from unnecessary risk.

Twelve Tips to Help Employees Keep Devices Secure When Away from the Office

blog / Mar 20, 2018 (MODIFIED: Apr 23, 2018)

by Mike Levin, Center for Information Security Awareness

Laptops full of confidential data are still getting stolen, and public Wi-Fi hotspots are being booby-trapped. CISOs need to make users aware of the threat to prevent this from happening.

Reacting to a Big Breach

/ Mar 15, 2018 (MODIFIED: Apr 19, 2018)

by Ray Pompon

A big public breach is a teachable moment for both you and your organization.

The Hunt for IoT: The Growth and Evolution of Thingbots Ensures Chaos

report / Mar 13, 2018 (MODIFIED: Apr 23, 2018)

by Sara Boddy, Justin Shattuck

IoT attacks show no signs of decreasing while infected IoT devices go un-remediated, and discovery of new thingbots is at a decade-long high.

Threat Modeling the Internet of Things: Modeling Reaper

/ Mar 09, 2018 (MODIFIED: Apr 10, 2018)

by David Holmes

Reaper is just one more blinking light in the faces of the InfoSec community reminding us that we need to get ahead of IOT madness.

rTorrent Vulnerability Leveraged in Campaign Spoofing RIAA and NYU User-Agents?

article / Mar 08, 2018 (MODIFIED: Apr 10, 2018)

by Andrey Shalnev

The same rTorrent XML-RPC function configuration error that was targeted to mine Monero in February was also targeted in January in a campaign apparently spoofing user-agents for RIAA and NYU.

Exploited Memcached Servers Lead to Record-Setting 1.3Tbps DDoS Attack

blog / Mar 02, 2018 (MODIFIED: Apr 12, 2018)

by Sara Boddy

Memcached is just one of many application infrastructure systems that could launch the same types of attacks if they were also misconfigured.

rTorrent Client Exploited In The Wild To Deploy Monero Crypto-Miner

article / Feb 28, 2018 (MODIFIED: Apr 17, 2018)

by Andrey Shalnev

A previously undisclosed misconfiguration vulnerability in the rTorrent client is being exploited in the wild to mine Monero.

User Experience and Security Should be Complementary, Not Contradictory

/ Feb 23, 2018 (MODIFIED: Apr 19, 2018)

by Preston Hogue

When new technology initiatives are approached in the right way, organizations can implement them, mitigate risk, and provide the best user experience.

XMRig Miner Now Targeting Oracle WebLogic and Jenkins Servers to Mine Monero

blog / Feb 21, 2018 (MODIFIED: Apr 06, 2018)

by Andrey Shalnev

The same drop zone server used last week to mine Monero on compromised Jenkins automation servers is now being used in a new Monero mining campaign targeting Oracle Web Logic servers.

Beware of Attackers Stealing Your Computing Power for their Cryptomining Operations

blog / Feb 15, 2018 (MODIFIED: Mar 30, 2018)

by Travis Kreikemeier

As the black-market price for stolen data declines, attackers turn to cryptojacking schemes to maximize their profits—all at your expense.

Risky Business (Part 3): The Beauty of Risk Transfer

/ Feb 13, 2018 (MODIFIED: Mar 30, 2018)

by Preston Hogue

Risk transfer strategies allow you more time to focus on your business.

The Email that Could Steal Your Life Savings and Leave You Homeless

blog / Feb 08, 2018 (MODIFIED: Mar 22, 2018)

by Debbie Walkowski, David Holmes

Real estate scams are big business for attackers. Be on the lookout for this one, which can leave home buyers destitute if not caught in time.

CISOs Look to Machine Learning to Augment Security Staffing Shortages

blog / Feb 06, 2018 (MODIFIED: Mar 20, 2018)

by Ray Pompon

As security expertise becomes more scarce, CISOs are turning to machine learning to do more with fewer people.

86 Your Cyber Attackers! Avoid Data Breaches by Protecting Your Most Likely Attack Targets

blog / Jan 31, 2018 (MODIFIED: Apr 16, 2018)

by Sara Boddy

Critical lessons can be learned from others’ mistakes. Don’t learn the hard way; heed the warnings from our research.

Thingbots and Reapers and CryptoMiners—Oh, My! F5 Labs’ First Year in Review

blog / Jan 25, 2018 (MODIFIED: Mar 09, 2018)

by Debbie Walkowski

F5 Labs covered a multitude of threats, vulnerabilities, botnets, attackers, and attacks in 2017. Here are just some of the highlights you might have missed.

Risk vs. Reality: Don’t Solve the Wrong Problem

blog / Jan 24, 2018 (MODIFIED: Mar 02, 2018)

by Ray Pompon

If you’re not evaluating risk in terms of likelihood and impact, you could be focusing your security efforts in all the wrong places.

Everything is Compromised—Now What?

blog / Jan 18, 2018 (MODIFIED: Mar 15, 2018)

by Jared B. Reimer

Accept that breaches are inevitable in today’s world, then take these steps to reduce the chances of a large-scale, headline-making compromise.

State of App Delivery 2018: Security Again Edges Out Availability as Most Important App Service

blog / Jan 16, 2018 (MODIFIED: Feb 21, 2018)

by Lori MacVittie

Forty-three percent of organizations say security is essential when deploying apps, and more than two thirds use multiple security solutions to protect clients, infrastructure, and web apps.

Ramnit Goes on a Holiday Shopping Spree, Targeting Retailers and Banks

article / Jan 15, 2018 (MODIFIED: Mar 02, 2018)

by Doron Voolf

Ramnit’s latest twist includes targeting the most widely used web services during the holidays: online retailers, entertainment, banking, food delivery, and shipping sites.

Risky Business (Part 2): Why You Need a Risk Treatment Plan

/ Jan 12, 2018 (MODIFIED: Feb 23, 2018)

by Preston Hogue

Performing a risk analysis and taking due care are no longer optional.

A Spectre of Meltdowns Could be in Store for 2018, Including Fileless Malware Attacks and More Costly Bots

blog / Jan 10, 2018 (MODIFIED: Mar 01, 2018)

by Lori MacVittie

Every week another bug, vulnerability, or exploit is released - we need a multi-layered security strategy (beyond our standard patch “spin cycles”) to deal with threats like Spectre and Meltdown.

Global Consultancy Overcomes Cloud Security Risks

blog / Jan 09, 2018 (MODIFIED: Feb 13, 2018)

by Ray Pompon

How moving application into the cloud can make your organization stronger and more valuable to your customers.

Mirai is Attacking Again, So We’re Outing its Hilarious, Explicit C&C Hostnames

blog / Jan 04, 2018 (MODIFIED: Feb 21, 2018)

by David Holmes

With Mirai rearing its ugly head again, we’re revealing its C&C hostnames so organizations can update their blacklists and protect themselves.

New Python-Based Crypto-Miner Botnet Flying Under the Radar

article / Jan 03, 2018 (MODIFIED: Mar 08, 2018)

by Maxim Zavodchik, Liron Segal, Aaron Brailsford

A new Python-based botnet that mines Monero spreads via SSH and leverages Pastebin to publish new C&C server addresses.

Liability in an Assume Breach World

blog / Jan 02, 2018 (MODIFIED: Feb 09, 2018)

by Ray Pompon, Sara Boddy

The safest way to run a network is to assume it’s going to breached, but that also means minimizing your liability and ensuring the executive team is fully aware of what is going on.

BrickerBot: Do “Good Intentions” Justify the Means—or Deliver Meaningful Results?

blog / Dec 28, 2017 (MODIFIED: Jan 23, 2018)

by Justin Shattuck

Most security researchers have good intentions, but ethics must play a central role in the decisions they make.

Bleichenbacher Rears its Head Again with the ROBOT Attack

blog / Dec 27, 2017 (MODIFIED: Jan 15, 2018)

by David Holmes

Bleichenbacher attacks will likely continue to pop up until TLS 1.3 is fully adopted, which could take years.

Achieving Multi-Dimensional Security through Information Modeling—Modeling Inversion Part 5

blog / Dec 26, 2017 (MODIFIED: Jan 24, 2018)

by Ravila White

In Part 5 of this blog series, we use inversion modeling techniques to develop a high-level protection strategy.

Risky Business: Understand Your Assets and Align Security with the Business

/ Dec 19, 2017 (MODIFIED: Jan 18, 2018)

by Preston Hogue

Security teams can fulfill the CISOs responsibilities and help business groups become more security-savvy by working through the due diligence and due care process together.

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