A recap of RSAC 2017
RSA 2017 finished up last week - thousands of security professionals descended upon the Golden City, ready to learn about the newest technology.
If you made it to our booth, you heard us discuss how digital transformation is having a substantial impact on organizations in every industry. The cloud is becoming harder to navigate, with more products and solutions offered than ever before. On top of that, many organizations with a security program in place, are wondering how to keep up with the threat landscape and digitization.
I touched on this during my interview with Illena Armstrong, VP Editorial, SC Media at RSA. Organizations need a strong and flexible security program that is able to adopt and transition to new technological advancements for your organization. Watch the full interview below to learn about how the ability to adopt solutions faster can be cost saving, and key things to consider in the digital transformation... read more >
Phishers & Scammers & Taxes, Oh My!
Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
— Benjamin Franklin
It’s that time of year — tax season. Regardless of whether you owe or are expecting a refund, there is one thing we all should be looking out for: people who want to take your money. This is a good time of year to remember one of the least technical, but certainly one of the most dangerous aspects of our industry, social engineering.
Whether by email through a phishing scheme or via telephone and fear, there is a possibility that you will be contacted in an attempt to access your IRS records, or pushed to send money to an unauthorized, but reputable sounding party.
Here are just some of the potential social engineering scams you might see:A tax company appears... read more >
Find out how ELMO can assist with a live incident response situation
In most incident response situations, it is necessary to collect some form of volatile data. While disk forensics continue to play a role in incident response, we know that the tactics of today’s adversaries require different methods from incident responders. One of those tactics is live forensics to capture volatile data.
Much like traditional “dead box” forensics, most investigators will agree that no single tool can meet the needs of every investigation. Instead, investigators commonly use multiple tools to gather information based on the needs of the investigation. Some examples are memory acquisition, running processes, network connections and open file handles.
Running these tools in a Windows environment is most often achieved by scripting multiple tools through the use of a batch file. This achieves several goals. First, it allows the investigator to execute a single file, which will run multiple tools. Second, it ensures that all tools are... read more >
While there are many articles directed at assessors and consultants on “what not to do” during a penetration assessment, I haven’t seen many blogs directed towards what things clients should avoid when preparing for a penetration assessment. I wanted to address this topic, and share from experience, pitfalls that can often hinder the progress and quality of a penetration assessment.What is a "Penetration Assessment"?
Penetration assessments are a way to identify an organization’s risks by simulating common threats. These assessments can target a wide range of scenarios; such as, external service attacks, insider threats, social engineering and physical intrusion. Once these vulnerabilities have been identified and exploited, that information is then compiled into a report and passed on to the client for... read more >
Key points: decline in attacks, challenges in securing the retail industry, and an apparent increase in nation state-sponsored cyberattacks
During Q4 ’16, NTT Security researchers observed a noticeable shift in the types of attacks from previous quarters – particularly exhibited by a much narrower scope of attack vectors. Several vulnerabilities such as Oracle Server Backup in the retail industry and Linux password files in the finance industry were specifically targeted – likely indicative of criminals identifying specific flaws and crafting attacks to fit, a sign of more sophisticated and directed efforts.
This shift was also evident in an overall 35 percent decrease in total security-related events across client networks from Q3 ’16 to Q4 ’16, including continued declines of 25 percent in... read more >
Google Pixel and Apple iPhone security
As we begin the New Year, many of us are still enjoying the new toys received during the holiday season — toys such as a new iPhone 7 or maybe even the new Google Pixel. Cell phones, like anything else, come with a variety of choices based on size, OS, manufacturer, storage space, screen clarity, etc. But do most people consider which devices are the most secure?
In our industry, people tend to make this the focal point of research before purchasing a new phone. But most of the time, others outside IT security do not. In this blog, I’m going to review some of the security features that the iPhone7 and Google Pixel offer, as well as a few of the areas where they are lacking in security or have vulnerabilities.Google Pixel Security Features
First, let’s take a look at the Google Pixel and some of its security features. Unlike other smartphones, the Pixel uses file-based encryption rather than full disk encryption. This allows files... read more >
Recently, I read an article in SANS News Bytes about the Stegano malvertising campaign that was discovered by ESET Research. Instead of discussing this campaign in great detail, which ESET has already done, I am going to focus this blog on what you can do when information about a new malicious campaign becomes public.
One of the SANS News Bytes editors, Gal Shpantzer, recommended looking for the attack’s domain names in DNS logs. Most organizations do not retain their DNS traffic, but these can be a valuable source of information. In a corporate environment, having a historical record of traffic that traversed your network can aid in threat hunting, especially as new intelligence is made public. A SIEM is a... read more >