Buzzword Bingo Can Be More Distracting Than You Think
Have you heard the story about the cyberespionage, nation-state APT adversary that used the dark web to purchase data-driven exploit code to build a zero day to bypass the next-generation firewall of company ABC because they weren’t hunting with a cloud-based, big-data correlation platform to identify and orchestrate threat-intelligence protection against the advanced malware on their BYOD IoT and hadn’t conducted a purple team exercise recently? Oh, you have? Me too. Ten times…today.
From a sales and marketing perspective, these buzzwords are worth their weight in gold. From a security perspective, the threats are very real and the corresponding detection and prevention technologies all have their place. I’m plenty guilty myself of using several of these buzzwords, and I’m sure I’ll catch some flak for picking on a lot of the terms that my colleagues use regularly.
All of that said, there is little that can be more... read more >
Think You've Seeen It All from Ransomware?
We’ve all seen them. Recent headlines filled with reports of massive ransomware attacks against a multitude of targets. With healthcare organizations, financial institutions, and even the government falling prey, it would appear that none are safe. Many, many blogs and security posts have been issued warning businesses against this attack vector, seemingly to no avail! So, you might ask: “Why should I continue reading this blog post?” The answer is simple. Ransomware is evolving!
That’s right – you haven’t seen the end of ransomware or its effects. Since so many businesses are learning to effectively recover from devastating ransomware attacks, cyber criminals are adopting new methods to continue their campaign. Recent research from Talos indicates that ransomware authors are changing their weaponry to be even more... read more >
Patch Your Network: A Third Step in Security
This blog is a continuation of the Prevention blog series. The first blog, "Four Tips to Secure Your Network," discussed prevention and four tips to use to immediately help secure your network. The second blog, "Scan Your Network: A First Step in Security," was the first of four steps to assist with security, and discussed ways to scan your network. The third blog, "Secure Your Network: A Second Step in Security," covered the second step with ways to secure your network. This fourth blog will discuss the third step and how to patch your network. Links to the other blogs will be provided as they are... read more >
Observations of the Trends and Statistics that Shaped Cybersecurity in 2015
Now in its fourth year of publication, the 2016 Global Threat Intelligence Report (GTIR) highlights observations and details about global threats. In this year’s report we continue tracking trends that have affected our clients over the last few years, as well as identify the new threats that presented themselves in 2015.
This year’s GTIR provides actionable intelligence, guidance about what attackers are doing, and comprehensive security controls designed to disrupt attacks. Controls recommended in this report will contribute to an organization’s survivability and resiliency in the face of an attack.
To develop this year’s annual report, we collaborated with several well-respected organizations, including Lockheed Martin, Recorded Future, Wapack Labs, and the Center for Internet Security. These contributors provided key feedback and observations from their unique perspectives of the cyber... read more >
Secure Your Network: A Second Step in Security
This blog is a continuation of the Prevention blog series. The first blog, "Four Tips to Secure Your Network," discussed prevention and four tips to immediately help secure your network. The second blog, "Scan Your Network: A First Step in Security," is the first of four steps to assist with security, and discussed ways to scan your network. This blog will cover the second step with ways to secure your network. Links to the other blogs will be provided as they are posted!
Security groups are ultimately responsible for securing our network. If it fails, it’s our fault. Blame is not our friend and casting it will not make you a good fisherman. People in general are hoping to find a mistake to justify their positions or to... read more >
Over the years, cyberespionage has gone from being a fascinating Hollywood script plot to the topic of newsworthy, political discussions. It is likely that such activity has been going on for decades in various forms. Now, as technology increasingly becomes a cornerstone of a global society, these attacks have increased in terms of sophistication and impact. The nation-state actor, previously a distant threat, has become a real, if not intimidating foe.
Between recent events such as Russia attacking Ukrainian power and media infrastructure and the United States and Israel being credited with attacks against Iran with the Stuxnet, Duqu, and Flame malware, you might be wondering how your organization would stand up to a cyberespionage... read more >
Why It May Be More Than You Think
When your phone prompts for an update, you postpone it. When your operating system calls for an update, you ignore it. When your application requires a password update, you begrudgingly change it – all the while thinking “I don’t need a password or PIN. I’m just an average person. I don’t have anything that anyone could possibly want. Are all these layers of security really necessary? Could I really be a target?”
In a word, yes. There are many reasons you are a target, and I don’t mean of the heavy conspiracy type either.
Understanding the motives of potential attackers has long been a problem for many people. Most cannot fathom why hackers would want to attack them. In risk management we define this understanding as attack attribution. While there are infinite possible motives, I believe it’s most important to understand that no matter the situation, there is always something that another wants, an agenda that someone... read more >