Public Vulnerability Disclosure

How long is too long?

Michael Born

March 09, 2017 - Posted by Michael Born to Security Insight

File Analysis

There has been a lot of chatter on social media lately surrounding the topic of public vulnerability disclosure. Doing a quick Google search, I found a ton of resources, discussions and blog posts available, covering different ways to properly disclose a vulnerability. Several are listed below:

  1. http://www.cert.org/vulnerability-analysis/vul-disclosure.cfm
  2. https://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/vdwgreport.pdf
  3. http://www.ccssforum.org/disclosure-guidelines.php
  4. ...
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Fileless Malware

Memory Forensics Comes into the Light

David Biser

March 02, 2017 - Posted by David Biser to Threat Intelligence

Metasploit

Recently, fileless malware has shown up in numerous LinkedIn articles, blog posts and research papers. It’s being discussed as the “new” threat to watch out for. I agree that this is an important topic, but I do not agree that it is a new threat. Rather, it has been a threat long ignored and is now being rapidly exploited by attackers.

To give some information about the threat, fileless malware is found only in memory, not in a file on disk. This attack is actually using Meterpreter code inside the physical memory of a domain controller. Along with the presence of Meterpreter, analysts discovered the use of PowerShell scripts within the Windows Registry. For those who are unaware, Meterpreter is a tool from the Metasploit framework, a free hacking tool commonly used by both penetration testers and criminal hackers. Once the attackers have successfully installed Meterpreter, they use various scripts to install a malicious service on the targeted host. After... read more >

Red Team Toolkit Essentials

Tim Roberts

March 01, 2017 - Posted by Tim Roberts to Security Insight

Many types of red team and physical security assessment toolkits are utilized across the industry. Through our experiences in the NTT Security Threat Services group, we have developed a mixed bag of devices and tools that we commonly use with hybrid assessment types.

The lists below are not intended to be comprehensive, but a quick reference for red team specific toolkits - which often include technical devices and physical tools.

As always, it is assumed that you have permission from your client, have the proper documentation on hand and the defined scope is your primary consideration before attempting to compromise a target facility. Please make sure that you have plenty of experience with bypass and lock picking tools in order to reduce the risk of damaging doors, locking cores and mechanisms etc. Always be... read more >

Digital Transformation and Cyber Resilience

A recap of RSAC 2017

Don Gray

February 24, 2017 - Posted by Don Gray to Security Insight

RSA 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 >

Avoiding Popular Tax Season Scams

Phishers & Scammers & Taxes, Oh My!

Justin Miller

February 09, 2017 - Posted by Justin Miller to Security Insight

Tax Season

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 >

ELMO for Incident Response

Find out how ELMO can assist with a live incident response situation

John Moran

February 02, 2017 - Posted by John Moran to Security Insight

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 >

Common Penetration Assessment Mistakes Clients Should Avoid

#WarStoryWednesday

Brent White

February 01, 2017 - Posted by Brent White to Security Insight

Danger

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 >

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