By Steve Black, Professor of Law, Texas Tech University
March 26, 2019
Cyber law is focused on bringing more clarity to privacy questions that new technology introduce. It’s important for all security professionals to have a basic understanding of current and potential future cyber law concepts in order to stay compliant and ensure sensitive data stays safe.
Password security has undergone a significant transformation over the last few years. As a reaction to the insecure form of identity verification that is logging in with a password, technologies such as two-factor authentication (2FA), multi-factor authentication (MFA), and hardware keys. This begs the question—where does that leave passwords in 2019?
In this follow-up video, the DeMISTIfying Security experts discuss two recent containerization-related issues and how the modern-day security warrior can venture into the unknown to effectively tackle challenges such as this.
Recent incidents illustrate the risks that healthcare networks are subject to in today's ever-expanding cybersecurity threat landscape. In particular, securing networked medical devices in this environment can be challenging.
So many vendors, so little budget. Security departments are constantly tasked to know how to properly allocate funds to staffing, resources, tools, solutions, software, vendors, third-party contractors, and more. Even an unlimited budget wouldn’t help as security departments can find themselves bloated with software or vendors, leading to an inefficiently run department.
By Paul Rohmeyer, Program Director MS Information Systems, Stevens Institute of Technology
March 12, 2019
Today, there are highly specialized training options offered both in-person and online in the form of meetups, webinars, formal courses, and in-house and external conferences. The attractiveness (cost, convenience, and specialty) of these alternative options has driven cybersecurity talent to steer towards education avenues outside of traditional academia.
When you’re talking information security among your peers, it sounds like a totally different language than the rest of your organization speaks. This puts infosec professionals in a bind. On the one hand, security vulnerabilities exist throughout the company. Yet you, alone, are carrying the burden of knowing just how serious it can get. That’s why it’s up to you to create an information security communication strategy.
From steering clear of marketing buzz to the impact of misinformation, DeMISTIfying Security hosts Ed Moyle and Raef Meeuwisse point out the security assumptions that could be catastrophic to any security practitioner’s role.
In this article, we’ll go over what devices infosec departments should have an eye on and how to tackle the challenge of BYOD head-on. For an expert’s perspective, we spoke to Georgia Weidman, founder of Shevirah, a mobile and IoT testing company.
Cybersecurity awareness training is a critical component to your security hygiene. The most effective training programs are offered frequently and use available frameworks, focus points, tools, and tactics to build a culture where cybersecurity is embraced, not avoided or shunned.
We understand that some security professionals may not have the easiest time implementing the NIST Security Framework. That’s why we’ve created the “missing manual” on getting it right in this latest InfoSec Insider post.
Last week the DeMISTIfying Security hosts explored the Zero Trust model. This follow-up segment takes things one step further as security veteran Ed Moyle explains how you can get a jump on kickstarting Zero Trust within your organization.
The only thing worse than having a huge problem is having a huge problem and not realizing it. Believe it or not, many organizations are in the latter boat right now. Specifically, many organizations are undergoing a proliferation of secrets at a scale and scope that eclipses the ability of mechanisms and controls they may have in place to keep them protected.
Emotet is a highly sophisticated malware with a modular architecture, installing its main component first before delivering additional payloads. In this contributed article, Darktrace's Max Heinemeyer, director of threat hunting, breaks down the threat.
Last week we shared the first part of this two-part series on cyber threats in 2019. This week we wrap up the remainder of the insights we shared thanks to our conversation with subject matter expert Adrian Sanabria, VP of strategy and product at NopSec.
In the latest edition of MISTI’s DeMISTIfying Security, Ed and Raef dissect the zero trust model. From the pros and cons, to the obstacles you may face rolling out this philosophical approach to security, this week’s segment will shed new light on this topic.
InfoSec Insider caught up with one SME that helped us put together a list of the looming threats your company should keep an eye on and how organizations can defend themselves accordingly. Here's a look at what you should have on your radar.
The term threat hunting has been tossed around a lot, but what does it actually mean and can your cybersecurity playbook benefit from it? Many organizations are tapping into its benefits, so we've decided to provide you with a breakdown in this feature article.
Social engineering is unique in the cybersecurity world as its scope of influence can vary widely on the software, hardware, and even psychological level. In this article, we’ll cover social engineering attacks and help you learn from recent developments in the space.
In last week's segment, Ed and Raef discussed some of the major developments in infosec in 2018. This week, they take out their crystal ball and look into 2019, sharing their thoughts on what many practitioners could expect.
Artificial intelligence is found in homes across the globe, and it's also being leveraged by troves of organizations across the country. But how mature is the technology and how open should you be to adopting it as part of your security strategy? In this exclusive interview, we catch up with one expert who breaks it down for us.
In the latest installment of InfoSec Insider’s DeMISTIfying Security series, security experts Ed Moyle and Raef Meeuwisse return to review the major breaches, developments, and takeaways that you can get from information security events in 2018.
Like it or not, the digital transformation era is here. But what does that actually mean--and more importantly--what does that mean to you? We caught up with Zscaler's Business Value Consulting Leader, Jason Georgi, who broke it down for InfoSec Insider.
What's the state of artificial intelligence in the enterprise today? More importantly, how can the security and risk department benefit from its benefits to measurably reduce risk within the business? InfoSec Insider caught up with Neil Larkins, CTO at Egress Software, who breaks it down for us.
InfoSec Insider catches up with the Cloud Security Alliance's Jim Reavis, who shares what security leaders should be focusing on when it comes to cloud security in 2019. You'll want to take note of these insights and predictions.
As 2018 wraps up, InfoSec Insider looks back at some of the most popular articles we've produced for our loyal audience. From communicating security metrics to the board and making sense of attack patterns, to key areas that you should focus your cybersecurity strategy on, here's a list of the top 10 articles.
A CISO’s list of responsibilities are vast. They need to protect, defend, and identify any risks and potential attacks that may hit their company’s environment. However, knowing what needs protection is its own challenge.
Security practitioners that are looking to migrate their business to the cloud in a successful manner have to consider quite a lot. That's why InfoSec Insider caught up with security leader and industry veteran Mark Arnold during this video interview where he quickly breaks down what you should and shouldn't be doing when it comes to the topic.
Today's IT playing field implores a higher state of alertness, not only within your enterprise but also outside of it. However, when it comes security, not all vendors are created equal. Some very likely have inferior security hygiene and practices that can affect you big time.
InfoSec Insider catches up with Debbie Hoffman, CEO of Symmetry Blockchain Advisors at the CSA Congress event, who clarifies what blockchain means to security leaders today, and any privacy implications they should be aware of.
The idea behind collaborative security is to change the security and threat landscape from the daunting “one vs. many” to “many vs. many,” embracing the power of knowledge and collaboration to protect valuable data.
In this walkthrough, InfoSec Insider experts Ed Moyle and Raef Meeuwisse demonstrate one useful exercise that can aid security practitioners in getting a lay of the land in their organization, serving as the perfect first step in ultimately measuring and reducing information security risks.
InfoSec Insider SMEs Ed Moyle and Raef Meeuwisse are back, but this time they're talking fundamentals. If you're an up-and-coming security warrior, you'll definitely want to heed this advice from the two infosec experts.
The government has urged the private sector to offer agencies secure cloud solutions through the FedRAMP accreditation, which establishes baseline standards for security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring. Here, we provide six key considerations to help guide FedRAMP accreditation efforts.
As a security practitioner, we're sure you've heard of the benefits that open source intelligence (OSINT). But what exactly is it and how can you leverage it as it relates to your current security strategy? This article answers that question and more.
When is it time for your organization to share cybersecurity information with its competitors and how much should you be sharing? We interview two industry experts that provided us with their take on the topic in this featured video interview.
This will probably be a contentious point for some, but there are situations where a penetration test isn’t the best use of an organization’s resources. Here, we examine what is (and isn't) a pentest, and what its goals should be depending on your organization's needs.
Cyber threats are top of mind for board members, but communicating cyber threat intelligence may not be the easiest task for security leaders. In this recent interview with Tim Callahan, senior vice president and global security officer at Aflac provides some helpful tips that could go a long way.
Threat intelligence has transformed the information security world for the better but it’s not always leveraged in the best way possible by organizations and departments. InfoSec Insider spoke to threat intel expert Karl Sigler to get a sense of how organizations can maximize threat intelligence for their organization.
InfoSec Insider catches up with Armis co-founders Yevgeny Dibrov and Nadir Izrael who discuss the current climate as it relates to IoT security, and offer up some dos and don’ts when it comes to connected devices within the enterprise.
Conducting penetration testing via simulated attacks on your organization's network is the best way to help your business evaluate the strength of your network security protocols and identify any backdoors, weaknesses, and gaps between different security tools, and prioritize risk. This contributed article explains why.
While patching vulnerabilities seems like a “low-hanging fruit” task for many security practitioners, it seems as though many still fail to do so. In this interview with application security expert Chris Eng, he highlights the common blind spots associated with vulnerability management.
InfoSec Insider catches up with cybersecurity experts on the lessons learned from the 2016 election hacks, and what the security practitioner of today could learn from those events. With early voting already in full swing, we take a brief look back at what occurred.
Ntrepid Corporation’s Chief Scientist Lance Cottrell chats with InfoSec Insider and offers up the major dos and don’ts tied to password management, as well as pinpoints the significant weaknesses in some of the systems we’ve come to rely on heavily.
Data privacy and protection is an often underappreciated aspect of information security, but in many ways, it provides the foundational groundwork for a well-established security environment that offers internal and external reassurance. Here's why and how you should train up your team.
NSS Labs CEO Vikram Phatak speaks with InfoSec Insider and offers up tips to up-and-coming security professionals on how to make smart and effective cybersecurity solution purchasing decisions. From blocking out buzzwords and marketing jargon to building a great team, here’s what you need to know.
We’ve seen the rules for data security change from relatively simple policies, such as simple access controls, to much more complex policy requirements with the implementation of GDPR. This article’s intended to cover three new perspectives that will influence data protection controls in the coming years.
On Tuesday InfoSec Insider kicked off a how-to video series that focuses on topics surrounding the challenges that our readers face on a daily basis. In this companion video, security expert Ed Moyle provides a deep dive on how you can protect your organization from cryptocurrency mining malware and cryptojacking.
Security experts Ed Moyle and Raef Meeuwisse dissect the topic of cryptocurrency mining malware and cryptojacking; what it means to you as a security professional and how you can protect the enterprise from it.
enSilo CEO Roy Katmor sits with InfoSec Insider to discuss how security automation is impacting the time and duties of the modern day security professional, and how the skills they need to succeed will change as a result of the technology.
What's the best way to detect network risks and other vulnerabilities from cyber threats? If you guessed a pen test, then you're right. In this feature article, we've created a no-nonsense that answers pertinent questions about penetration testing.
Arctic Wolf's Sam McLane sits with InfoSec Insider at the Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas to discuss the major dos and don'ts when it comes to incident response, in addition to some misconceptions that some security practitioners may have on the topic.
InfoSec Insider catches up with Trustwave SpiderLabs Threat Intelligence Manager Karl Sigler on the company’s latest open source tool which enables penetration testers and red teasers to scrape social media data.
InfoSec Insider takes a first-hand look at Trustwave’s new SpiderLabs Fusion Center in Chicago and speaks with Chris Schueler, senior vice president of managed security services, on the purpose behind its creation.
Forcepoint’s Dr. Richard Ford discusses the impact that the 2016 election meddling had on the cybersecurity community, and the lessons learned that security practitioners should take note of, but most importantly, act on.
At the end of the day, PowerShell is an enormously flexible, valuable, and helpful tool in any enterprise administrator’s toolbox, so “turning it off” isn’t really a viable option for most shops. In this informative feature, subject matter expert Ed Moyle explains why.
Tripwire's Tim Erlin chats with InfoSec Insider on the state of cyber hygiene in 2018, where we are, why we're there, and highlights different areas that security practitioners are failing to cover as it relates to securing the business.
For consumers looking for an easier-to-use login experience, there is a solution: push authentication. This approach is a vast improvement over sending a one-time passcode via SMS and is truly the most secure method of 2FA.
Cybrary COO Kathie Miley pinpoints the real issues organizations face when it comes to the cybersecurity talent shortage, why employers are doing a good job of finding the right talent only in certain circumstances, and the impact the cybersecurity solutions market is having on the talent shortage.
By Jackson Shaw, VP of Product Strategy, One Identity
August 28, 2018
The rise of IoT has introduced new challenges to security in the enterprise. Like most security challenges, protecting against threats is the basic work of good IT hygiene. Organizations can adopt existing identity management best practices to meet this new challenge.
What is the bottom line from a security perspective when it comes to mobile payments? In the current state of the ecosystem, mobile security expert Aaron Turner offers up his take and advice on the topic.
The idea that all internal networks should be considered trusted while external networks should be trusted was fundamentally wrong. This featured article describes why the move to the cloud has also accelerated the movement to Zero Trust.
The context around security events is essential to qualify if those events are false positives or worthy of a security response. However, today security operations are predominantly focused on event monitoring and rely on security analysts to reconstruct context.
GDPR was a major focus for many organizations this year. Whether it has been extensive business process mapping, understanding the purposes of personal data, or defining its scope. But now that it's here, what should security professionals focus on next?
Threat intelligence expert Dave Ockwell-Jenner discusses how organizations have changed the way they approach threat intelligence, and provides the primary Dos and Don’ts associated with developing a successful threat intelligence program.
Blockchain has become the new buzzword of choice across a wide spectrum of industries, such as finance, tech, and the information security industry. However, what blockchain is and what its applications are still seem to be unclear. This article sets the record straight.
Bugcrowd Founder Case Ellis discusses the evolution of bug bounty programs and their impact on information security, in addition to providing tips on the key areas to focus on when it comes to developing a bug bounty program at your organization.
Given the skills gap in information security, it's important for cybersecurity managers to diversify and expand the skill base of their team members. Here, we highlight how they can do it from a practical point of view.
The Cyber Threat Alliance’s Chief Analytic Officer Neil Jenkins provides update on the state of information sharing in 2018 and provides some insight on the steps security practitioners can take if they’re interested in sharing their threat data.
Summer will be over before you know it and for many of you, it might be time to hit the road again for business travel. Before you pack up all of your devices, you might want to keep some of this advice in mind to ensure your data is secure.
Cybereason’s Israel Barak discusses the approach that far too many businesses take when it comes to their security strategy and highlights the steps that security professionals should be seeking to rethink the programs and challenges they face tied to measurably reducing risk within the business.
Developing a threat hunting program may be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. In this feature article, one subject matter expert provides us with a glimpse into her experience on the topic and what you can expect.
CA Veracode’s Chris Wysopal discusses how the 2016 presidential election hack broadened the horizon on how security warriors think about defending their data and offers up advice on what they should consider when it comes to protecting sensitive information.
Threat modeling is essential to becoming proactive and strategic in your operational and application security. In this feature article, you'll learn what threat modeling is, how it relates to threat intelligence, and how and why to start.
Cylance’s Colt Blackmore discusses why leveraging AI isn’t limited to purchasing an out-of-the-box solution and details the critical steps that security practitioners should take to successfully utilizing the technology to their organization’s advantage.
In this age of vendors offering simple solutions to complex problems, defenders need the ability to see past the glamour of marketing. That's where attack simulation technology can help, enabling use cases in the market that help answer pressing questions in enterprise security.
Trustwave’s Karl Sigler discusses the state of cyber threats in 2018 and suggests what areas of your security strategy you should focus on to take proactive steps in measurably reducing risk within the business.
It's up to security professionals to infer security significance of all the events security solutions report. The first step to arriving at an answer to this intractable problem is teaching our security tools to understand us. Advancements in Natural Language Processing could help.
SAP CSO Justin Somaini discusses how the role of the CISO has evolved into what it is today, and what up and coming security leaders should prepare for once they take charge of a security program at a major organization.
The dark web is one of those elusive subjects that can often get misinterpreted. We spoke to Reclamere's Connie Mastovich to get her expert take on what the dark web is, what risk it poses to companies, and how to protect yourself from it.
Farsight CTO Merike Kaeo discusses why DNS is still be underutilized as a security tool today, shares some examples of lessons-learned that could apply to you, and provides steps you can take to ensure you’re taking advantage of your DNS infrastructure.
ISACA’s Rob Clyde discusses what’s leading cybersecurity to be at negative unemployment, but also shares how addressing issues in diversity, training, and education could go a long way in closing that talent gap.
When it comes to making security purchasing decisions, many practitioners tend to follow the crowd. But given the variables tied to making those decisions, that may not be the best route to go. Here's why.
Cisco's Edna Conway shares her insight on what infosec leaders can do to ensure that security becomes an active discussion about the way you operate within the business, rather than an added bolt-on feature.
Bugcrowd’s Keith Hoodlet outlines the importance of attack driven development and offers up the key steps security practitioners should take for this approach to have a positive impact on their overall security strategy.
Uber’s Melanie Ensign discusses the relationship between the communications function and infosec teams and offers up some uncommon communication tips for security leaders that may have a skewed view of the communications department within their organization.
Given the troves of education information, training, and technology available to security professionals, you’d think they’d be a step ahead of malicious actors. But this overabundance of information may actually be causing more harm than good. Here’s what one expert had to say about the “fog of more.”
Are you taking the right approach when it comes to threat intelligence? We caught up with one subject matter expert that provides some uncommon tips on developing a successful threat intelligence program.
Today, most reputable cloud service providers are security conscious, yet users remain responsible over many—but varying—aspects of information security. Here, we take a look at the three most common public cloud models that should be on your radar.
When a company falls victim to a cyber incident, security personnel are often in the line fire--especially when they've focused only on the technical side of the job. Here we provide some tips that can lessen the chances that any one person will bear the absolute blame.
Today's threat landscape is like a tentacled sea monster that security practitioners have to battle on a daily basis. In this feature story, we highlight the top five most likely cyber risks to organizations today.
With more everyday products being built with internet connectivity capabilities, cybersecurity practitioners have become concerned about the security and privacy of those devices. The state of IoT security is pretty grim, but will proposed guidance and regulations improve processes?
InfoSec Insidercatches up with NSS Labs CEO Vik Phatak who discussed what the state of measuring security performance is today, what approach practitioners should be taking, and the common mistake that security pros make when it comes to purchasing security solutions.
Tackling GDPR means knowing where all your data reside, even if they're outside of your direct control. Here we take a look at how you can tackle this initiative even if you're a bit late given the time of year and when the regulation goes into effect.
SMBs can’t just throw up their hands at cybersecurity, despite a probable dearth of resources. Since most aren't likely to magically receive a multimillion dollar cybersecurity budget windfall, we've provided our top 6 tips for how to manage security on a limited budget.
Phishing attacks aren't going anywhere any time soon. In fact, these scams have only grown in popularity among attackers. This helpful article dispels the four common phishing myths to help employees and outside partners be even more adept at identifying these crimes.
What do running and your career in information technology/information security have in common? At first glance, not a whole lot. But with a couple of quick examples, I think we will find some similarities.
Is your organization adequately equipped to identify anomalous patterns across the network? If you're doubtful, it may be time to try out alternative models that will help you detect previously unknown attacks.
To help security leaders find new ways to better align with business colleagues, we turned to two experts to find out how they’re constantly maneuvering between technical requirements and fueling business priorities.
Given today’s content-driven society, it benefits cybersecurity and threat intelligence practitioners to gain some understanding of the psychological strategies and exploitation techniques within the intelligence and counterintelligence tradecraft.
In this follow-up article, cloud researcher Mark Nunnikhoven gives us his take on the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, which can exploit flaws in modern processors. Nunnikhoven provides us with the potential implications that you should take note of.
An interview with industry veteran Aaron Turner that helps demystify the probable consequences of Meltdown and Spectre, the two headline-grabbing security vulnerabilities capable of exploiting critical vulnerabilities in modern processors. Turner breaks down what you should do.
One expert discusses the growing importance of DevOps within the enterprise, the initial steps organizations should be taking to implement a DevOps approach, and how to get buy-in from key stakeholders.
Here’s a look at some of the top news stories that wrapped up 2017. Major items included a critical vulnerability patched by Mozilla, Nissan Canada announcing a data breach that impacted more than one million customers, and hackers targeting a zero-day vulnerability in Huawei home routers.
You picked them! Here's a look at the most read articles published on InfoSec Insider in 2017. From CASB to threat intelligence, you'll find a unique mix of some engaging content that answers some of your pressing questions.
With so much going on in the office last week, here’s a look at some of the top stories you may have missed, including claims that Uber may have illegally accessed its competitors’ networks, Kaspersky Lab asking a court to overturn the Trump Administration’s ban of its software, and more.
A threat intelligence expert shares his experiences and advice when it comes to leveraging OSINT tools, highlighting the benefits to security organizations, but also discussing the legal ramifications one could face by accessing them.
By Katherine Henry & Brendan Hogan, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLC
December 18, 2017
Cybersecurity professionals can provide valuable input in their companies’ procurement of cyber insurance, and should be involved in all phases of cyber insurance procurement and management. Here are some important areas you should focus on.
A roundup of the top news stories in information security this week, including researchers exploiting a critical vulnerability that easily unlocks a popular gun safe, and a new bill threatening jail time for failing to disclose a data breach within 30 days.
Security professionals are over the hype surrounding threat intelligence. Now, they're aiming to find better ways to operationalize it. In this interview with Digital Shadows' Rick Holland, he explains why structured analytic techniques are an effective way to make sense and leverage your threat intelligence data.
A roundup of the top news stories in information security this week, including the UK warning its government agencies to steer clear of Kaspersky Lab products, PayPal dealing with a data breach, and NIST's latest Cybersecurity Framework draft.
A roundup of the top news stories in information security this week, including an emergency security patch issued by Apple, a new variant of Mirai making the rounds, and a data breach impacting 1.7 million accounts.
A roundup of the top news stories in information security this week, including a massive data breach that Uber disclosed after nearly one year after attempting to conceal it and a new reporting detailing the increasing damage costs tied to ransomware.
A roundup of the top news stories in information security this week, including a slew of vulnerabilities addressed by Microsoft and Adobe, researchers claim to have cracked the new iPhone X's Face ID, and more.
A roundup of the top news stories in information security this week, including a phony version of WhatsApp being downloaded more than one million times from Google Play, a big acquisition in the security space, and an Anonymous hacker seeking asymlum in Mexico.
After conducting 80 interviews with security leaders and board members, these two experts discuss the findings of their research and offer a rare window into how each group viewed progress and setbacks in their oversight of cyber risk.
A roundup of the top news stories in information security this week, including a USB stick containing sensitive Heathrow security data found on the street, FireEye releases a password cracking tool for free, and Apple finally addresses the KRACK flaw.
A roundup of the top news stories in information security this week, including Kaspersky Lab conceding to obtaining hacking tool source code and a new attack group setting its sights on cybersecurity pros.
Ixia Director of Application and Threat Intelligence, Steve McGregory, discusses how cyber attackers are evading network detection, and shares tips on how organizations can move towards better prevention and detection.
A roundup of the top news stories in information security this week, including the Locky ransomware making a comeback, Adobe releasing a rare out-of-band patch, and tech giants scrambling to patch a nasty WPA2 vulnerability.
A roundup of the top news stories in information security this week, including consulting firm Accenture leaving servers containing personal information completely unprotected and Patch Tuesday addressing a slew of vulnerabilities including a zero-day flaw.
Trustwave Threat Intelligence Manager Karl Sigler discusses the non-traditional devices that security professionals should have on their radar and how thermostats can figuratively turn up the heat for infosec pros, and literally for the enterprise.
A roundup of the top news stories in information security this week, including Equifax stalling on installing a patch that ultimately resulted in its data breach, Yahoo revealing that their 2013 data breach was much bigger than expected, and updates to Netgear products.
A roundup of the top news stories in information security this week, including the Sonic drive-in chain announcing a data breach impacting millions, Whole Foods disclosing an additional breach, and Oracle patching a critical Apache Struts bug.
A roundup of the top news stories in information security this week, including a new Apache vulnerability that's similar to Heartbleed, and a new study sheds light on the costs of data breaches for U.S. enterprises.
A roundup of the top news stories in information security this week, including security updates issued by Microsoft, Adobe and Google, a new vocabulary framework released by NIST, and a study that points to women in infosec feeling empowered in their roles.
In a network perimeter-less world, enterprise security practitioners need ways to verify the authenticity of applications and the devices and users running those applications; firewalls just fall short.
In our last article, we discussed how disciplines like psychology and behavior-profiling can help us to better understand the adversary at the end of the keyboard. Now we are going to extend similar disciplines to ourselves as intel analysts.
A roundup of the top news stories in information security this week, including voting machine hacks, Anthem reporting yet another data breach, and spoilers being released after episodes of everyones favorite medieval HBO were leaked.
Michael Daniel, the former cybersecurity advisor to President Obama and current president of the Cyber Threat Alliance, offers up his thoughts on why information sharing is a critical component of combatting cyber threats today.
We’ve all heard about the security staffing shortage; it attracts a lot of press and is hard to ignore. If you’re currently working for an organization that is not hiring, you, yourself, might be receiving regular calls from recruiters about one of the estimated 1 million open positions. Maybe you’re even covertly scoping out your next job opportunity.
A look at some of the top news stories in information security this week, including President Trump proposing a cybersecurity alliance with Russia, breaches impacting Verizon and Hard Rock Hotel and Casinos, and Microsoft, Adobe and SAP all addressing security flaws.
A look at some of the top news stories in information security this week, including U.S. Senators being suspicious of Kaspersky Lab, and Mozilla analyzing the security posture of the top one million websites.
Depending on your source, insider threat accounts for anywhere from 27% - 77% of all breaches. Despite the disparity in agreement about size of the problem, most security practitioners agree that the difficulty identifying insider threat is greater than identifying external threats.
The security community often gets caught up in the latest and greatest tools and technologies, using those trends as a way to garner attention for the security program. But this strategy can backfire when it comes to real risk management and how seriously security is taken.
The hurdles chief information security officers face today are more daunting than ever, given the evolving threat landscape, but most importantly, the current state of technology within the enterprise.
If a small business CEO thinks about compliance, he or she might think it’s relegated to big businesses. Who else has the funding and the time to attend to compliance? And does it really matter anyway?
In biology, it is well known that genetic diversity creates strength in that it helps build resilience to disease, disorders, and other human ailments. At a community level, we also find strength in diversity.
When I started working in security I was taught, like most of us, to adopt a risk management control framework such as NIST, ISO, PCI, etc. and measure the alignment of security practices with control standards, procedures, and policies from the framework.
While some security professionals have climbed the ranks based on their technical know-how, it’s the transition into the business leadership role that tends to present the challenges for chief security officers.
What is security’s purpose if not to help with risk management? Organizations run on varying degrees of risk—financial risk, operational risk, market risk, sociopolitical risk, etc.—and information security has become a big piece of the risk picture.
It would be somewhat of an understatement to say that methods of communication have changed over the last 31 years. Yet in that time, laws pertaining to the privacy of those new types of communication have remained stuck in the past.
As a person who currently focuses on security awareness, hearing about or witnessing successful phishing attacks is frustrating. What is more frustrating is listening to security professionals blame users for falling for a phishing message instead of looking at themselves.
Leadership is a lot like playing in an orchestra. For those less familiar with an orchestra setting, let me explain. The basics: A traditional orchestra is made up of strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion, plus keyboards.
The President of the United States is apparently using an Android phone, and likely an outdated version, at that. Despite reports that the newly inaugurated president was, in typical fashion, offered a “secure, encrypted device approved by the Secret Service,” it appears Mr. Trump prefers his own personal device. Don’t we all?
It’s true that cyberspace is growing by the day, and as companies and individuals add more information to internet-accessible sources, the risk of compromise of that data grows in parallel. With this greater risk comes more responsibility.
A funny thing happened on the way to designing threat intelligence programs….we forgot about the risks! We as an industry tend to buy a lot of tools, sift through a lot of data, and send out a bunch of reports, but we forget to ask what we are really doing all of this for.
The idea of a password as a security mechanism is sound: One user with an individual identity plus a unique, secret password. In the physical world, this combination often works as it should, since the user’s identity travels with the user (in effect, adding a second factor of identification).
The most fundamental part of incident response planning is to understand that it’s a living, breathing cycle. An organization can’t slap a plan together and expect that plan to carry the team through the next three to five years.
That idea of checks for every customer action, the weight of it, the precautions put in place—armed security guards, security cameras, security alarms positioned in ample locations—all signal to would-be thieves that any attack on a bank is going to require serious skill, planning, and personal risk.
To say that the security vendor marketplace is crowded would be an understatement. For any problem a security team faces that can be aided with technology, look no farther than a conference expo floor and you’re sure to find (at least) dozens of self-proclaimed solutions in any given category.
As networked computers disappear into our bodies, working their way into hearing aids, pacemakers, and prostheses, information security has never been more urgent -- or personal. A networked body needs its computers to work well, and fail even better.
On this first day of a Donald Trump presidency, many people around the world are watching and wondering what is going to happen in corporate America. The speculation is no less prevalent in the security industry.
Security staff are infamous for declaring “security does not equal compliance” whenever the topic of compliance is mentioned by a non-security person. The reasoning behind this is sound: Compliance is a set of minimum requirements and auditable actions or technologies.
Cybersecurity staffing—and the industry shortage—is a frequent topic of conversation among security practitioners. But as nation state competition heats up, government and civilian agencies need to develop alternative hiring strategies if the U.S. wants to compete on a global scale.
Big data and the Internet of Things are two buzzwords that rang through the halls and show floors of security conferences across the nation for quite some time. Although ambiguous, the terms took the industry by storm.
The Children’s Commissioner for England released a report last week stating the need for sweeping changes to terms and conditions on social networking sites, particularly those with audiences largely comprised of children and young adults.
After planning to prepare to attend a security conference and deliberating your engagement strategy onsite, the next step in maximizing your security conference experience is thinking through how to get the most out of the information, ideas and advice provided during the event.
In part one of this series on “Maximizing Your Security Conference Experience in 2017” we explored how preparing to attend an industry conference can yield positive results in terms of extracting value onsite. It’s not enough, though, to create a plan then sit back and wait for it to unfold.
Jumping back into work at the start of a new year propels many to evaluate plans and commit to better habits, greater value, and generally getting the most out of work and/or life. It’s good to take a step back and think through what worked during the past year, what didn’t, and muse on how to maximize one’s efforts.
Earlier this year, Forbes published its view of the “10 Most Stressful Jobs in 2016.” Admittedly, the security profession isn’t as physically dangerous as fighting fires or piloting an airplane, but security comes with its own unique set of threats that make day-to-day work incredibly stressful.
As we continue to ramp up our efforts in providing you with a resourceful library of content you can rely on, we’ve decided to reflect on some of the top InfoSec insider articles of 2016, based on the engagement we’ve received from our readers.
Many uncertainties await the world when the new United States administration takes office on January 20, 2017. The President-elect, while extremely vocal on the campaign trail, has been disconcertingly cagey in the weeks leading up to inauguration.
The New Year is close upon us and many security firms and media outlets are busy publishing 2017 predictions or “the year in review.” Rather than following suit, we’d like to propose a New Year’s resolution to all security practitioners (and office workers, in general, really).
While security practitioners are thinking about exploits, vulnerabilities, controls, and threat actors’ TTPs, what executives really want to know is, “When the company is the victim of an attack, what effect will that have on the rest of the company, and how quickly can employees resume?"
“Security has a secret power: threat intelligence,” quipped Dave Ockwell-Jenner, Senior Manager, Security Threat & Operational Risk Management (STORM) at SITA, during MISTI’s recent Threat Intelligence Summit in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Sever Message Block
A server message block (“SMB,” not to be confused with “small and medium businesses,” another common abbreviation) is an application layer network file-sharing protocol which allows systems within the same network to share and access files and resources easily. SMBs facilitate network communication between client applications and the server.
Indeed, effective, successful organizations are attempting to proactively identify threats and indicators of compromise before they present serious destruction to the victim organization. Even the most robust and mature threat intelligence programs, though, aren’t immune to a breach.
The days of focusing on the perimeter are over. Rather than waiting for the next cyberattack to strike, many security practitioners are focusing on the activity surrounding their critical assets, in addition to drafting incident response plans that activate once the inevitable breach occurs.
“Insider threat” — it’s a term that gets thrown around a lot in cybersecurity circles. Practitioners want to know who is responsible for attacks and how attacks are being perpetrated so defenses can be appropriately implemented and provisioned.
Over the past few years the security industry has seen a rise in the number of appointed CISOs. At companies where previously the security team was small, secluded, and likely managed by the CIO, it is refreshing that mention of a CISO is no longer followed by puzzled looks or blank stares.
The All Powerful Breach…or threat thereof. How often do you, as a security practitioner, get asked by a colleague outside of the security team about the viability of a breach at your organization? Is a breach the meter by which security is measured?
Depending on your media outlet of choice, the current cybersecurity staffing shortage is either pressing or catastrophic. In either case, a staffing shortage exists and the industry needs to take more proactive steps to look beyond current talent pools to fill open positions, as well as positions that will be created as the industry continues to expand.
MISTI’s Threat Intelligence Summit in New Orleans in just two weeks away, and like the city itself, we’re ready to laissez le bon temps rouler! Threat intelligence is serious business—it helps organizations understand emerging threats and prepare defenses appropriately.
Ransomware is just a cyber twist on the age-old crime of taking someone/something hostage and demanding a payout for safe return. Cyber criminals have quickly learned that getting at organizations’ data then deploying malware to encrypt it carries a low technical barrier to entry (as opposed to kidnapping a human).
One of the ways to mitigate damage in the event of a breach is to “hash” password, or cryptographically convert a plaintext password to an irreversible output, like a key or token (i.e., “hash”) that is stored and can be used in place of the original input.
Today, many organizations’ executive teams and boards of directors conflate cybersecurity and risk. Risk management is a broader practice than security alone, but cybersecurity is an increasingly “big ticket item” on boards’ agendas—alongside other more traditional risk discussions—since it’s clear that a major breach can impact the organization in meaningful ways.
By Dan Houser, Security Architect & Perspicacious Security Iconoclast
November 10, 2016
A study of recent hacking attacks on corporations makes it obvious that (weak) password credentials are being used both inside and outside organizations, and are frequently the credential protecting remote access to the enterprise and its "crown jewels."
Cybersecurity is a lot like driving; towns and cities and their respective road crews can keep roads in ace condition and post all kinds of clearly marked signs for speed limits, road hazards, dangerous curves, blind driveways, and the like. Police can patrol the roads for dangerous or illegal driving.
With the recent Dyn distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack lighting up media headlines, enterprise security practitioners are being asked how to ensure that the organizations for which they work aren’t the next DDoS victims.
Cybersecurity has been gaining traction as a “board level topic” over the past several years. While boards of directors, along with executive management, all want the answer to, “How secure are we,” security professionals know that that answer doesn’t often come wrapped in a tidy little box.
By Rafal Los, Managing Director, Solutons Research and Development, Optiv
October 31, 2016
For nearly the last twenty years, enterprise security teams have been fighting threats to their business much like hapless teenagers fight demons in horror movies. Let me paint you a scene. Four people fleeing a horde of some type of evil take refuge in a run-down back woods cabin in the middle of nowhere.
By Antonio A. Rucci, Counterintelligence Special Agent (Retired), Information Technology & Technical Security Consultant
October 27, 2016
If you are engaged in in the information security (infosec) community for any length of time, regardless of whether you are Blue Team, Red Team, or Purple, one data point remains constant: You recognize the importance of partnering.
Until last Friday, Internet of Things (IoT) cyber attacks were largely more theoretical than practical, at least for those outside of the cybersecurity research realm. When Reddit, Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, and PayPal, among others, were taken offline or significantly slowed due to a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack last week.
Employee mobility is no longer a privilege or nice-to-have, but a given in today’s workplace. At even very small organizations, it’s not uncommon to find executives or sales people who are on the road more often than they are settled in the office, and gone are the days when working remotely is considered the entitlement of a select few.
Security teams fight many battles. There are threats, vulnerabilities, exploits, improperly configured systems, legacy equipment, lean budgets, staffing shortages, and users who are fallible. Any of these things, alone, add up to challenge, but possibly the biggest challenge security teams face is the battle between the security department and the CIO.
How to help your end users manage their passwords, with additional practical steps to improve your system security. This guidance focuses on the end user (rather than the system owner responsible for determining password policy).
Remember the “telephone game” played at parties when you were a kid? One person would make up a sentence or phrase which she or he then whispered into the ear of the person sitting next to him/her in a circle. That person would, in turn, whisper what he/she had heard into the ear of the next person in the circle.
Defining a “good” chief information security officer is difficult. On one side, many CISOs have risen through the security ranks due to their technical prowess and were thus handed a “business position,” asked to manage a team, and required to start briefing the executive suite on the state of the company’s security.
Risk management practices date as far back as the Renaissance period, but modern-day risk management, the version we all know and love/hate today, started taking shape only about 40 years ago when risk managers—mainly focused calculating insurance at the time—started looking for alternatives to insurance policies to manage risk.
By Mark Arnold, Senior Research Analyst, Office of the CISO, Optiv
October 12, 2016
For companies on the path of cloud adoption, the fear that dark “clouds gathering” could impact business health and one's financial bottom is a source of anxiety. Despite recent data that show cloud adoption rates consistent growth over the last 18 months, a group of holdouts endure.
Cloud technology has been moving at a tremendous pace. For businesses, it seems to have happened in the blink of an eye. It’s faster and more agile, with the ability to re-architect an entire infrastructure. But why has this happened so quickly, and what does it mean for security practitioners?
Rumblings about the security talent deficit are pervasive. Just like news of recent breaches, it’s hard to get through a week without reading an article, viewing a webcast, or attending a conference during which the subject is not addressed.
Information security is more integral to business growth than ever, and robust, verifiable security can be a point of differentiation. For smaller organizations, security-as-a-service can be a useful option, but many organizations don’t know how or when the time is right to make the move.
Ah, the highly controversial call for presentations review process! Many infosec industry events use a CFP to find qualified speakers and tease out fresh topics. From a conference programmer’s perspective, the CFP submission process helps uncover new speakers, and it’s a productive way to learn what’s on the minds of industry speakers.
Rifts between the security team and other groups lead to inefficiency and reduced effectiveness. Information security isn’t getting as much done as is necessary in our breach-of-the-day world, yet old problems like failure to collaborate persist.
As a first time DerbyCon goer, I didn’t quite know what to expect. In its sixth year, DerbyCon is well known throughout the security community, and I’ve worked with several of the speakers, a few of the organizers, and met many security vendor representatives at MISTI and past-job events.
Twenty minutes before the talk was scheduled to begin, attendees anxiously queued up outside the center ballroom to hear Chris Hadnagy present Mindreading for Fun and Profit Using DISC. Hadnagy, a renowned social engineer and DerbyCon staple, promised to share with the audience “how to use a quick and easy profiling tool to make targets feel as if you can read their minds.”
By Marcos Colón
September 26, 2016
The cybersecurity industry is full of terms that both vendors and end users love to glom on to. Ok, maybe vendors lead the way, but their customers may not be doing a good job of speaking up and asking them to clarify what it is they do – taking the various mixed marketing messages as they come and running with it.
“You can’t just go to the shops and buy threat intelligence; it doesn’t come in a box.” This nugget of wisdom comes from Jim Hart, Vice President at AlixPartners LLP in the UK. Whilst upon reading, this idea is a big “no kidding,” yet many in the security industry still confuse threat intelligence feeds and tools with a threat intelligence program.
“Red team” vs. “blue team” exercises have been adapted into cybersecurity from the military and intelligence realms. As a means to simulate real-life threats and attack scenarios, organizations have been putting this methodology into play, either with internal resources, or by hiring outside experts to help find system issues.
Hiring security staff is a big challenge. Not only does the industry need more people to fill the open positions than it currently has, but to complicate matters further, hiring managers aren’t necessarily security professionals themselves; many organizations’ security teams report to IT, operations, or even finance.
By many estimates, the demand for information security practitioners far exceeds availability. As security becomes an appreciable concern for large and small companies alike, it stands to reason that the industry is going to face a serious shortage in the coming years if new practitioners aren’t found or cultivated.
The term cyber threat intelligence gets thrown around a lot, especially on show floors teeming with security practitioners being approached by vendors with the solution to all their problems. But fundamentally, are organizations successfully leveraging the tactics surrounding it?
Unless you're oblivious to the news, you're well aware that the information security industry is getting a lot of attention. Be it the headline-grabbing breaches taking place on a seemingly frequent basis, or the fact that the number of digital internet-connected devices per capita is increasing constantly.
Like it or not, fall is right around the corner, and for many private enterprises, fall means Q4 which means facing the dreaded budgeting season. If budgeting itself weren’t cumbersome enough, cybersecurity budgets—even if they stand alone—are often part of a larger function.
Identity is who we are. It’s what we do and how we do it. In the digital realm, our identities are part of what affords access to the systems, tools, accounts, and functionality that make it possible to perform job responsibilities and effectively contribute to the organizations for which we work.
Political staffer Huma Abedin has been dominating media headlines as of late for a number of issues, including leaked emails uncovered by Citizens United and released publicly by Fox News. In the exposed emails, she refers to an intent to leave her mobile device, specifically a BlackBerry, behind during a 2009 trip to Russia.
Applications have become the technological underpinnings which enable employees to do their jobs faster, more accurately, and with greater ease. Applications have become so ubiquitous within organizations that most employees don’t even consider the tools with which they are working “applications” at all.
The European “right to be forgotten” is an important directive for both privacy and information security advocates. With roots as far back as 1995, a European Data Privacy Directive laid the foundation—and set regulations—for how EU citizens’ personal information must be protected and handled by “controllers of personal data."
When individual users are required to first accept usage policies and then interact with the website/application/tool by allowing it to collect information, both the user and the enterprise for which the user works are put in a position of risk. Why? Because the likelihood that he or she will read the policy is slim to none.
Cloud computing has been changing the way organizations operate for over a decade now. Without a doubt, the technology has evolved, offering varying levels of benefits along the way; agility, resiliency, and cost savings are chief among cloud’s attributes, as far as business owners and CFOs are concerned.
Information security teams face a serious problem when they are unable to detect the presence of a threat actor inside organizational systems. Knowing who has access to key applications is an imperative for trying to protect the company, yet according to a new report published by Okta that may not be a case.
Calls for presentations: Depending on whom you ask, CFPs are either a great opportunity for subject matter experts to display knowledge and vie for a coveted spot on a conference program, or an absolute nightmare, as the intended speaker carefully calculates the best topic to submit.
The term “hacker” is thrown around liberally nowadays. It’s a surefire traffic-boosting headline, and the media seizes any opportunity to publish a story with a hacker connection, often positioning the word as a synonym for “malicious attacker.”
Many in the security industry, myself included, are guilty of falling into the trap of saying that security is a discipline in which the big “wins” come when “nothing happens.” It’s an easy statement to make, especially when working with business leaders who see only the end result (i.e., no breach, no media headline) and make this claim.
“We’ve seen breaches where the ‘partner effect’ has played a major role, but have you noticed that nobody seems to really know how to manage that risk well,” poses Pete Lindstrom, Vice President of Security Research at IDC.
Symantec and Kaspersky Lab simultaneously released information yesterday on “Strider” and “ProjectSauron” respectively. Strider, the attacker group, has reportedly been using a stealthy piece of malware called “Remsec” (Backdoor.Remsec) as part of ProjectSauron to spy on a small number of highly valuable targets in China, Russia, Belgium, and Sweden.
Totalitarians need to control everything they can—it’s a deep-seated need that stems from the (occasionally true) fear that someone, somewhere, is plotting their overthrow. It seems that the totalitarian impulse to control extends to communications first, whether it’s mail, telegraph, telephone, or Twitter.
There’s progress being made in the healthcare industry as it relates to information security. Yes, recent studies indicate that 90 percent of all healthcare organizations have been the victim of a data breach in the last two years.
Penetration testing is a mandatory component of any thorough information security program, as security pros know. Company networks are vast and complex, and security teams have the (often thankless) job of protecting everything that falls under the general category of “IT” or “IS.”
Listening to the political conventions these past two weeks, I couldn’t help but think about security: the conversations security practitioners have with senior management and other business units, the conversations practitioners have amongst themselves, and yes, even talks given at conferences.
On Tuesday, the White House issued its Presidential Policy Directive-41 (PPD-41), or “United States Cyber Incident Coordination” plan. The PPD follows on the heels of the Cybersecurity National Action Plan, the Obama administration’s attempt to button up cybersecurity efforts in the face of growing threats against U.S. entities.
Security teams spend a fair amount of time thinking about incident response. The probability of an information security incident occurring forces teams to consider how to manage intrusions, leaks, and other security vulnerabilities or exploits.
After last winter’s frosty standoff, Apple and Facebook are now making headlines for being in cahoots with the FBI. For a few years, the bureau has been tracking Kickass Torrents, a very popular file sharing site, and trying to link illegal reproduction and distribution of online media, including movies, TV shows, music, and video games.
The evolving threat landscape makes it incredibly difficult for security professionals to protect their organizations. You’d think that with the abundance of security solutions deployed they’d be able to manage cyber risk effectively, yet, the technology that’s intended to protect their organizations may be causing more problems.
Betterment, an online investment robo-advisor, is the first of its kind to surpass $5 billion in assets under management. Robo-advisors, for those unfamiliar, are automated, algorithm-based finance portfolio management services.
The role of the CISO is changing. We hear about it every day: CISOs must become more business oriented and fine-tune communication skills so other executives consider heads of security business equals.
Security practitioners consistently deal with a slew of issues tied to protecting their organization’s most critical assets. When asked what keeps them up at night, it’s an endless list that features connected devices, shadow IT and making sense of the security and risk organization to board members.
Insider threat. Third-party risk. Phishing. Privilege escalation. Unencrypted sensitive data. This reads like a “Top 5” list of security concerns, but in fact it’s what allowed Su Bin, the owner of a Chinese aviation technology company, to help two Chinese nationals hack into Boeing’s network and steal more than 65GB of data from the defense contractor.
Privacy Shield, the much-anticipated new trans-Atlantic data transfer agreement between the EU and U.S., was approved yesterday by the European Commission. After months of debate and revisions, the Commission finally felt comfortable enough to rubber stamp the framework, which will actually undergo further analysis later this month.
The families of five terrorist attack victims filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Monday. The families, claiming that Facebook enabled Palestinian militants to carry out deadly attacks in Israel, are suing for more than $1 billion, calling into question the responsibility of technology companies when it comes to security.
“A lot of security departments are swimming in the wrong direction,” says Raef Meeuwisse, Director of Cybersecurity at Cyber Simplicity Ltd. By this, Meeuwisse means that companies haven’t yet redirected the scope of their security programs—the tools, technologies, and processes—to reflect current threats.
Security practitioners have long decried the practices of password sharing. Now an appellate court has bolstered that sentiment by handing down a decision in United States v. Nosal, ruling that a former employee of executive search firm Korn/Ferry International has violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Even small, home-spun businesses have a handful of third-party vendors with which they must connect to keep the lights on and the money flowing. Larger organizations might have hundreds or thousands of partners in the supply chain.
For security practitioners, the name of the game is risk management. These risks come in all shapes and sizes, from system vulnerabilities and the onslaught of evolving malware, to threats posed by insiders.
After the contentious Brexit vote last week, the British Parliament’s House of Commons Committee is investigating potential commandeering of an online petition calling for a second referendum on the matter.
Colleges and universities are generally considered settings for learning, openness, and ideas. Students and professors alike are encouraged to explore new thinking and push boundaries. The best academic universities on the planet have entire departments focused on researching subjects unconsidered universally.
The 2016 Cost of a Data Breach Study conducted by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by IBM was released in mid-June. One thing the report fails to do is focus on how organizations are improving or declining year over year. Luckily, past reports are still available, enabling a side-by-side look at a few of the key findings.
Several years after the introduction of DevOps, the security community continues to laud the method while scant few developers are hopping on the bandwagon. One of the issues is that “security” isn’t part of DevOps.
The mention of cloud services no longer strikes fear in the hearts of security practitioners like it did a decade ago. While some security folks are still wary of providers’ claims, few can doubt that many of the larger, more prevalent cloud providers offer as good or better security than some enterprise security teams.
Even under the best of circumstances, integrating cloud services and devices into an organization’s technology workflow can be challenging. In all fairness, integrating any new device or appliance into the technology stack requires careful planning, new processes, and often a bit of trial and error.
Cloud Security World 2016 finished up on Wednesday evening after two days of conversation around all-things-cloud security. “We’ve seen this before,” was a common refrain, and thankfully attendees have moved past the points of denying the existence of cloud services connected to their organizations and saying that cloud is “the largest” security concern.
Security is often a battle. In one corner we have the security team warning the rest of the business of the dangers of “X” or fighting to implement new policies and technologies that will help keep the business secure. In the other corner we have lines of business wanting and needing faster, better, more profitable enablement tools and processes.
During the recent EuroCACS conference Raef Meeuwisse, Director of Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Governance at Cyber Simplicity Ltd., referred to the CISO as the “Chief Information Scapegoat Officer,” based on an article posted on Infosecurity Magazine.
OSINT, open source intelligence, is a great tool for companies looking to find threat information on the web. The wealth of information available can be overwhelming, clunky, and difficult to incorporate into a threat intelligence program, however.
China is once again making it more difficult for international organizations to conduct business in the country. Last year, the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) announced draft rules that would require insurance carriers to buy and utilize “secure and controllable” solutions for IT.
Last night I watched as the driver of a rental moving truck took the top of the truck clear off as he drove under an overpass that was too low for clearance. The top scraped off a bit like the top of a sardine can; it peeled back and bits of curly-cued steal flew across Storrow Drive, one of the main crosstown parkways in Boston, MA.
The original Software Development Lifecycle (SDL) was built with waterfall-style development in mind. As we continue the transition into heavier reuse of components and less pure development, all with shorter release cycles, the SDL needs modernization in parallel to help ensure secure software.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming the world in ways unimaginable 5-10 years ago. For many of us, IoT extends to the innovation of smartwatches, connected cars, and smart home devices, which have substantially changed the way we live.
Apple’s highly guarded and stringent software development process may start to chill out this summer, according to a report in The Information. The company is well known for its rigorous development practices, which helped it climb to the top of security practitioners’ lists as the platform of choice when selecting smartphones and mobile devices in recent years.
“Transportation Security Administration” may not actually refer to security, it seems, according to a report issued by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The report details the results of an audit, conducted primarily to follow up on previously reported “deficiencies in information technology.”
We're all familiar with the many benefits of moving to the cloud, but taking the steps to do it can be daunting. At the end of the day, however, if you take time to understand the risks posed by the cloud and implement a comprehensive strategy for managing them, you can take full advantage of all the benefits that come from running fast in the cloud.
Ransomware is the hot, new buzzword in security. It is also a serious, escalating problem. Hospitals in Kentucky, Maryland, Ottawa, and California (among others) have had data held hostage in recent months; the U.S. House of Representatives blocked access to third-party email apps after ransomware attempts (or maybe unconfirmed attacks?) were perpetrated.
“Not even spring breakers, coffee makers, movers and shakers, or working-from home fakers…” This is the voiceover from a Kraft Macaroni & Cheese commercial. Even a company that manufacturers processed foods with no discernable nutritional value pits “movers and shakers” against work-from-home employees, as if, inherently, anyone who regularly works outside of an office is lazy and has questionable ethics.
All organizations know that flexibility, productivity, and personalization were drivers of the BYOD movement that started to take hold five, six years ago. Nowadays, the term is barely used, but BYOD'ing is commonplace at 99% of organizations, according to a new study conducted by IBM and sponsored by ISMG.
The decline in TalkTalk's profits is undoubtedly due to the aftereffects of a cyberattack in which the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of a reported 157,000 customers were lost. In addition, during the same incident 21,000 bank account numbers were accessed.
Yesterday, mobile security firm, Wandera, released findings from the company’s research into the state of mobile application security. The report, “Assessing the Security of 10 Top Mobile Apps,” is an attention-grabber.
Advanced persistent threat. The term started sneaking into infosec nomenclature about ten years ago and reached its peak during 2010-2013, instigated by Stuxnet and trending steadily upward through the release of Mandiant’s APT1 report.
Phishing is a social engineering technique through which an attacker spoofs (i.e., imitates) a known source in an attempt to fool a victim into providing information or performing an action, like clicking on a link or opening an attachment.
In today's dynamic business environment, organizations face pressure to reduce cost, improve process efficiency, and drive financial growth. The "faster, cheaper, better" approach also flows down to technology.
OSINT—or open source intelligence—is a wondrous thing. As security professionals know, this nearly endless sea of information provides both opportunities and drawbacks. Threat intelligence vendors, though, harness the vastness of the web to unearth tidbits of information.
Spy movie aficionados know that the most secure rooms and hiding places are protected by biometric authentication, requiring thieves to go to great lengths to gain entry. When the tables are turned, however, and the government needs access to information about said criminals, all they need to do is ask!
Recently I was having a conversation with a good friend, a good friend who also happens to be a leadership and communication expert. We were discussing the topic of leadership in the security industry and how, while there are many bosses and executives, there are few truly excellent leaders in security today.
While cloud has technically existed in earlier forms—application service providers and hosted solutions, for instance—for almost twenty years, the current cloud marketplace offers a wide selection of services designed to meet the requirements of organizations looking to outsource certain aspects of operations.
Have you ever slowed your car while driving to gawk at an accident on the side of the road, or been frustrated by the car in front of you that did? Have you caught yourself mesmerized by a ridiculous YouTube video?
In preparing for my Cloud Security World 2016 talk, "Automagic! Shifting Trust Paradigms Through Security Automation," I've been thinking a lot about what can be automated, how to automate, and how to demonstrate and measure value around all that jazz.
If you are a System Owner (SO) in a commercial organization or a federal agency, maneuvering through, understanding, and implementing federal security and privacy compliance requirements can be a difficult hurdle.
The entire security industry knows we have a staffing problem. With demand for security talent far greater than supply, companies with the right resources are positioned to lure top talent from competitors while everyone else is scrambling to find anyone with adequate technical acumen to learn the craft.
InfoSec World 2016 is now in the books. For the better part of a week, infosec pros took over The Contemporary Resort to discuss everything from building an incident response plan to leadership skills to active defense and trust.
Geopolitical cyber war is a fairly well established practice: You break into my nation-state thing; I’ll hack you back. President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping even met in Washington, D.C. this past September to discuss (and announce) the desire of both parties to curb intellectual property theft.
If Hollywood doesn’t make movie out of the Apple vs. FBI debate, someone is missing the boat. As proven by the recent Oscar winners, “Spotlight” and “The Big Short,” audiences eat up controversial subjects, especially when the impact of the controversy affects them or loved ones.
A recent story in the New York Times shared information on a new crop of secure messaging apps for smartphones. The article, posted in the “Personal Tech” section, offered snippets of information about the functionality of five different consumer-focused tools.
If you are going to be in Orlando in the beginning of April and are an information security professional, why wait in humid 90-minute long Disney lines when you can enjoy Orlando indoors at the Infosec World 2016 conference? Another benefit of the conference is that vendors at the expo give you t-shirts. This is the only free thing you'll find at Disney.
Major technology providers are not the only ones thinking about how to best protect user data. Users, too, are becoming increasingly concerned, and when those users are PhDs and professors at some of the world’s top universities, innovation is spawned.
We are currently engaged in a war to achieve victory over risk. Okay, perhaps "war" is not the right way to describe the status quo. None of us can ever achieve total victory over risk. Any expert will say some risk always persists in any activity we undertake.
How effective is your communication? How do you fare when asked to explain security risks? What about when defending the need for investment? Are you effective? How do you know? How do you measure your communication efforts?
Earlier this week American Express notified customers of a potential breach involving theft of account numbers, user names, and “some other” account information—most of the juicy ingredients necessary for fraud. The company was quick to mention that it is monitoring for fraud, but it was even quicker to deny responsibility for the incident.
Everything is heating up on Capitol Hill: President Obama is proffering a new Supreme Court Justice nominee. The next presidential race is as much a circus as it is a true campaign. Apple and the FBI are still going at it (while other government agencies have started speaking out in favor of encryption).
Are you valued as much a leader as you are a security resource (with a team)? It's the gut check question I ask of security leaders. In most cases, the answer is no. Most security leaders say they receive recognition for technical prowess, not for leadership.
U.S. Army Major General John H. Stanford was asked about how one becomes a leader. "When anyone asks me that question, I tell them I have the secret to success in life. The secret to success is to stay in love. Staying in love gives you the fire to really ignite other people."
Technology is an inescapable part of our lives. Unless you live completely off the grid—grow your own food, never drive a car, transact with only the cash kept under your mattress inside your built-by-your-own-hands house—your personal information is collected, tracked, and exchanged by and among businesses.
By George Gerchow, Director, Product Management for Security & Compliance, Sumo Logic
March 09, 2016
From Amber restaurant to Jillian’s at the Metreon, The Marriott Marquee to coffee shops, Chevy's, and of course the Tonga Room at the famous Fairmont Hotel, business meetings light up the conference with a constant exchange of information between colleagues, partners, customers, and attendees.
Once upon a time, phones were only used to make calls. For most of us, our phone is a mobile office; central to a great deal of our daily activity, our phones are the hub through which our email, text messages, news, social media, calendars, driving directions, fitness goals, and so much more are all brought to us, organized, recorded, and shared.
There is no shortage of quotes to capture the importance of trust: hard to earn, easy to lose, and essential to our success as security leaders. Yet a troubling trend is emerging: the trust we need to be successful as security leaders is eroding.
Over 40,000 attendees and nearly 550 vendors are getting back to their inbox this week after having attended the gargantuan vendor show otherwise known as RSA. It was RSA’s silver anniversary, and as with each passing year, it gets BIGGER with age!
By Jonathan Sander, VP of Product Strategy, Lieberman Software
March 01, 2016
During the past couple of years, we've witnessed a series of devastating data breaches affecting some of the world's most renowned businesses, with each breach inflicting staggering costs in terms of financial and reputational damage.
Whatever side of the debate you’re on when it comes to Apple and the FBI, one thing is for certain: U.S. courts should not be using laws written in 1789 to make decisions about current technological capabilities.
By Dave McPhee, Information Security Manager, Caterpillar
February 23, 2016
Information security and the business need to be in a partnership, not a dictatorship with one party demanding the other follow certain rules and guidelines. Through a true partnership, information security risks can be mitigated and business disruptions limited, thereby creating an improved relationship and organizational efficacy.
Encryption is not a new invention. In fact, evidence of encrypted messages dates back to 1900 BC when the Egyptians wrote alternative symbols on pyramid walls to relay secret messages to one another. In modern times, though, encryption takes on a new meaning.
The security field needs more practitioners. The insanity that is our “always-connected” world necessitates more resources to manage, monitor, and maintain personal and enterprise data – from email accounts to mobile phones to chock-full-of-tech refrigerators.
The hype around advanced persistent threats (APTs) is as high as ever. Post-breach, hacked organizations sing the praises of their adversaries' skills. Practitioners are bombarded by industry marketing touting the latest APT detecting and killing technologies.
By Michael Santarcangelo, founder, Security Catalyst
February 14, 2016
A few decades ago, we advanced information security with a simple phrase: "the Internet is bad, a firewall is good." We linked the dangers of connecting to others online with a simple method of protecting our companies. Now our ever-changing networks face dynamic, evolving threats.
As debates about privacy versus encryption rage on, with the US, UK, and France on one side and Germany and the Netherlands on the other, Bruce Schneier, Kathleen Seidel, and Saranya Vijayakumar decided to take a look at the encryption products market and replicate a study conducted in 1999.
Almost every morning I wake up and read about another company that has been breached, and consumers' or patients' information has been stolen as a result. It's getting to be so common that social security numbers and credit card numbers posted on dark Web sites sell for less than a dollar each.
Security professionals spend a lot of time thinking about protecting their back end systems and the information contained therein. They think about the scariest and sneakiest vulnerabilities and what an exploit means in real terms: will this disrupt business operations? Will our company lose sensitive data? Will I be fired?
When you think of security metrics, what's the first thing that pops into your mind? OK, after you yawn, what's the first thing? While security metrics themselves may not exude excitement, what if your metrics quickly revealed just the type of information you need that leads to a decision or action that helps solve a business problem?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve heard that “users are the weakest link in the chain,” or even worse, “you can’t stop stupid.” This long-held view is not terribly productive to advancing information security, and it certainly doesn’t endear the security professional to the general public.
In a profession that’s designed around problem identification, it’s no wonder security professionals are often labeled “contrarians” or “trouble makers.” From the outside in, it looks like security’s job is to find problems even when operations are seemingly gliding along smoothly. Security pros are trained to slog through logs and find anomalies.
By Wendy Nather, Research Director at the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center
January 12, 2016
How do you secure that which you don't control? This is the big question for every enterprise, since no organization exists in a vacuum. From third-party commercial software (including operating systems) to open source, custom-written applications, there are plenty of attack vectors that cause concern.
As a young man, I was given some advice that seemed too obvious to really be considered advice. It went something along the lines of, "If a person keeps a checkbook that's not accurate or up to date, don't hire them as your accountant..." As DevOps rises in popularity, I am reminded of this adage often.
By Jack Jones, EVP of Research & Development and co-founder at RiskLens
December 21, 2015
Would you ride on a space shuttle mission if you knew that the scientists and engineers who planned the mission and built the spacecraft couldn't agree on the definitions for mass, weight, and velocity?