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With Vulnerability Lifecycle Management Your Job Will Be Safer – Charles Leaver

Written By Dr Al Hartmann And Presented By Charles Leaver

 

The following heading hit the news recently on September 7, 2017:

Equifax Inc. today revealed a cybersecurity event potentially impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. Criminals exploited a U.S. site application vulnerability to access to particular files. Based on the business’s investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017.

Lessons from Past Debacles

If you like your occupation, value your role, and dream to retain it, then don’t leave the door ajar for attackers. A significant data breach frequently begins with an unpatched vulnerability that is easily exploitable. Then the inescapable happens, the hackers are inside your defenses, the crown jewels have actually left the building, the press releases fly, high-priced specialists and external legal counsel accumulate billable hours, regulators descend, lawsuits are flung, and you have “some serious ‘splainin’ to do”!

We have yet to see if the head splainer in the current Equifax breach will make it through, as he is still in ‘splainin’ mode, asserting the breach started with the exploitation of an application vulnerability.

In such cases the normal rhumba line of resignations is – CISO initially, followed by CIO, followed by CEO, followed by the board of directors shakeup (specifically the audit and business duty committees). Don’t let this take place to your professional life!

Actions to Take Immediately

There are some common sense actions to take to prevent the inescapable breach disaster resulting from unpatched vulnerabilities:

Take stock – Inventory all data and system assets and map your network topology and attached devices and open ports. Know your network, it’s division, what devices are attached, what those devices are running, what vulnerabilities those systems and apps expose, what data assets they gain access to, the level of sensitivity of those assets, what defenses are layered around those assets, and what checks remain in place along all potential access points.

Improve and toughen up – Execute best practices recommendations for identity and access management, network division, firewall software and IDS setups, operating system and application configurations, database access controls, and data file encryption and tokenization, while streamlining and trimming the number and intricacy of subsystems throughout your business. Anything too complex to handle is too complex to protect. Select setup hardening heaven over breach response hell.

Constantly monitor and scrutinize – Routine audits are necessary but not enough. Continually monitor, track, and assess all pertinent security events and exposed vulnerabilities – have visibility, event capture, analysis, and archiving of every system and session login, every application launch, every active binary and vulnerability exposure, every script execution, every command issued, every networking contact, every database transaction, and every delicate data access. Any holes in your security event visibility develop an opponent free-fire zone. Establish key performance metrics, monitor them ruthlessly, and drive for unrelenting enhancement.

Don’t accept operational reasons for insufficient security – There are always safe and secure and reliable functional policies, but they might not be pain-free. Not suffering a catastrophic data breach is long down the organizational discomfort scale from the alternative. Functional expedience or running traditional or misaligned priorities are not valid excuses for extenuation of bad cyber practices in an intensifying threat environment. Make your voice heard.

Don’t Dismiss The Equifax Data Breach Take Action Now – Charles Leaver

Written By Michael Levin And Presented By Charles Leaver

 

Equifax, among the 3 major U.S. based credit reporting services simply revealed a significant data breach where cyber criminals have actually taken sensitive info from 143 million United States consumers.

Ways that the Equifax security breach WILL impact you:

– Personal – Your individual and family’s identity details is now at risk and will be targeted!

– Company – Your businesses may be affected and targeted.

– Nationally – Terrorist, Nation States and organized criminal groups could be included or use this data to commit cyber crimes to acquire financial gain.

Safeguarding yourself is not complicated!

Five recommendations to secure yourself right away:

– Register for a credit tracking service and/or lock your credit. The quickest way to be informed that your credit is jeopardized is through a credit monitoring service. Equifax has actually already started the process of setting up free credit tracking for those impacted. Other credit monitoring services are available and should be considered.

– Track all your financial accounts including credit cards and all bank accounts. Guarantee that all notices are switched on. Make sure you are getting instant text and e-mail notices for any modifications in your account or increased balances or transactions.

– Protect your bank and monetary accounts, guarantee that two-factor authentication is switched on for all accounts. Learn more about 2 level authentication and turn it on for all monetary accounts.

– Phishing email messages can be your greatest day-to-day danger! Slow down when managing e-mail messages. Stop immediately clicking on every email link and attachment you get. Instead of clicking on links and attachments in e-mail messages, go independently to the sites outside of the e-mail message. When you receive an e-mail, you were not anticipating from a name you recognize consider calling the sender separately before you click links or attachments.

– Strong passwords – consider altering all your passwords. Establish strong passwords and secure them. Use different passwords for your accounts.

Other Security Thoughts:

– Backup all computers and update operating systems and software routinely.

– Social media security – Sharing too much details on social networks increases the risk that you will be taken advantage of. For instance, informing the world, you are on a trip with pictures opens the danger your house will be broken into.

– Secure your devices – Do not leave your laptop computer, phone or tablet unattended even for a moment. Do not leave anything in your automobile you do not want taken because it’s just a matter of time.

– Internet of things and device management – Understand how all your devices connect to the Internet and what info you are sharing. Inspect security settings for all devices and be sure to include smart watches and physical fitness bands.

The worth of training on security awareness:

– This is another cyber crime, where security awareness training can help to lower risk. Being aware of brand-new cyber crimes and frauds in the news is a basic part of security awareness training. Making sure that staff members, family and friends know this scam will significantly reduce the probability that you will be victimized.

– Sharing new frauds and cyber crimes you find out about in the news with others, is very important to guarantee that individuals you care about do not fall victim to these kinds of criminal activities.

Generic Will Not Fit So Choose Extensible – Charles Leaver

Written By Charles Leaver Ziften CEO

 

Whether you call them extensions, or call them personalizations – no matter what they are called, the best technology platforms can be tailored to fit an organization’s specific business requirements. Generic operations tools are great at performing generic operations jobs. Generic security tools are great at dealing with generic security challenges. Generic can just take you so far, though, which’s where extensibility takes over.

Extensibility turns up often when I’m speaking to customers and potential customers, and I’m proud that a Global 10 company selected Ziften over everyone else in the market mainly on that basis. For that client, and numerous others, the capability to deeply tailor platforms is a need.

This isn’t really about merely creating custom-made reports or custom-made notifications. Let’s be truthful – the ability to develop reports are baseline ability of many IT operations and security management tools. Real extensibility goes deep into the service to offer it abilities that resolve real problems for the company.

One client used lots of mobile IoT devices, and had to have our Zenith real time visibility and control system have the ability to access (and monitor) the memory of those devices. That’s not a standard function used by Zenith, due to the fact that our low-footprint agent does not hook into the operating system kernel or work through basic device drivers. Nevertheless, we dealt with the customer to personalize Zenith with that ability – and it ended up being simpler than anybody imagined.

Another customer looked at the basic set of end point data that the agent collects, and wanted to add additional data fields. They likewise wished to setup the administrative console with custom-made actions utilizing those data fields, and press those actions back out to those end points. No other endpoint tracking and security option was able to offer the function for adding that functionality besides Ziften.

What’s more, the client established those extensions themselves … and owns the code and IP. It becomes part of their own secret sauce, their own company differentiator, and distinct to their company. They could not be any more happy. And neither could we.

With many other IT operations and security systems, if clients desire additional functions or capabilities, the only option is to submit that as a future feature demand, and hope that it appears in an upcoming release of the solution. Until then, regrettable.

That’s not how we developed our flagship solutions, Zenith and ZFlow. Due to the fact that our endpoint agent isn’t based on kernel hooks or device drivers, we can allow for significant extensibility, and open up that extensibility for clients to access directly.

Likewise, with our administrative consoles and back-end tracking systems; everything is adjustable. And that was integrated in right from the beginning.

Another aspect of customization is that our real time and historic visibility database can integrate into your other IT operations and security platforms, such as SIEM tools, risk intelligence, IT ticketing system, task orchestration systems, and data analytics. With Zenith and ZFlow, there are no more silos. Ever.

In the world of endpoint tracking and management, extensions are significantly where it’s at. IT operations and enterprise security groups need the capability to tailor their tools platforms to fit their specific requirements for tracking and handling IoT, conventional endpoints, the data center, and the cloud. In numerous client discussions, our integrated extensibility has actually caused eyes to light up, and won us trials and implementations. Inform us about your custom requirements, and let’s see what we can do.

Ziften Is The First To Reveal Its Endpoint Security Architecture So Will Others Follow? – Charles Leaver

Written By Mike Hamilton And Presented By Ziften CEO Charles Leaver

 

Endpoint security is really in vogue these days. And there are lots of different vendors out there touting their services in this market. But it’s in some cases hard to understand exactly what each vendor offers. What’s much more hard is to comprehend how each vendor solution is architected to offer their services.

I believe that the back end architecture of whatever you pick can have a profound influence on the future scalability of your application. And it can develop lots of unexpected work and costs if you’re not cautious.

So, in the spirit of openness, and due to the fact that we believe our architecture is not the same, unique and effective, we welcome all endpoint security vendors to “reveal to us your architecture”.

I’ll kick this off in the following video where I reveal to you the Ziften architecture, and a couple of exactly what I think about tradition architectures for contrast. Specifically, I’ll discuss:

– Ziften’s architecture designed utilizing next-gen cloud principles.
– One business peer-to-peer “mish-mash” architecture.
– Tradition hub-spoke-hub architectures.

I have actually revealed you the power of our really cloud-based platform. Now it’s my rival’s turn. Come on folks – reveal to us your architectures!

Offensive And Defensive Risk And Security Strategies – Charles Leaver

Written By Roark Pollock And Presented By Charles Leaver Ziften CEO

 

Threat management and security management have long been dealt with as separate functions often performed by separate functional groups within an organization. The recognition of the need for continuous visibility and control across all assets has increased interest in looking for common ground between these disciplines and the availability of a brand-new generation of tools is allowing this effort. This conversation is really current offered the continued trouble the majority of enterprise organizations experience in drawing in and keeping certified security workers to handle and secure IT infrastructure. A marriage of activity can help to better utilize these critical personnel, lower expenses, and assist automate response.

Historically, danger management has actually been viewed as an attack mandate, and is typically the field of play for IT operations groups. Sometimes referred to as “systems management”, IT operations groups actively carry out device state posture monitoring and policy enforcement, and vulnerability management. The goal is to proactively alleviate possible dangers. Activities that further risk decreasing and that are carried out by IT operations include:

Offending Threat Mitigation – Systems Management

Asset discovery, inventory, and revitalize

Software application discovery, use tracking, and license rationalization

Mergers and acquisition (M&A) danger evaluations

Cloud work migration, tracking, and enforcement

Vulnerability assessments and patch installs

Proactive help desk or systems analysis and issue response/ repair work

On the other side of the field, security management is considered as a protective game, and is normally the field of play for security operations groups. These security operations teams are typically responsible for hazard detection, event response, and resolution. The objective is to react to a risk or a breach as rapidly as possible in order to decrease effects to the organization. Activities that fall directly under security management which are performed by security operations consist of:

Defensive Security Management – Detection and Response

Hazard detection and/or risk searching

User habits monitoring / insider hazard detection and/or searching

Malware analysis and sandboxing

Occurrence response and threat containment/ removal

Lookback forensic examinations and root cause decision

Tracing lateral risk motions, and even more danger removal

Data exfiltration identification

Successful companies, naturally, have to play both offense AND defense similarly well. This requirement is pressing organizations to acknowledge that IT operations and security operations need to be as lined up as possible. Thus, as much as possible, it helps if these two teams are playing utilizing the same playbook, or a minimum of dealing with the same data or single source of truth. This indicates both groups should aim to use a few of the exact same analytic and data collection tools and methods when it pertains to managing and securing their endpoint systems. And if organizations count on the same workers for both jobs, it definitely helps if those people can pivot between both jobs within the exact same tools, leveraging a single data set.

Each of these offensive and protective tasks is critical to protecting an organization’s copyright, credibility, and brand. In fact, managing and prioritizing these jobs is exactly what often keeps CIOs and CISOs up during the night. Organizations must acknowledge opportunities to align and consolidate teams, technologies, and policies as much as possible to ensure they are focused on the most urgent requirement along the present danger and security management spectrum.

When it pertains to managing endpoint systems, it is clear that companies are moving toward an “all the time” visibility and control model that allows continuous danger evaluations, constant threat monitoring, and even continuous efficiency management.

Hence, organizations need to look for these 3 essential capabilities when assessing new endpoint security systems:

Solutions that supply “all the time” visibility and control for both IT operations groups and security operations groups.

Solutions that supply a single source of reality that can be used both offensively for risk management, and defensively for security detection and response.

Architectures that easily integrate into current systems management and security tool environments to deliver even greater value for both IT and security groups.

Here Is What We Experienced At Defcon And Black Hat 2017 – Charles Leaver

Written by Michael Vaughn And Presented By Ziften CEO Charles Leaver

 

Here are my experiences from Black Hat 2017. There is a slight addition in approaching 2017’s synopsis. It is large in part due to the theme of the opening talk given by Facebook’s Chief Security Officer, Alex Stamos. Stamos predicted the importance of re focusing the security neighborhood’s efforts in working better together and diversifying security options.

“Working much better together” is relatively an oxymoron when taking a look at the mass competition amongst numerous security businesses fighting for customers during Black Hat. Based off Stamos’s messaging during the opening presentation this year, I felt it important to add a few of my experiences from Defcon as well. Defcon has actually traditionally been an occasion for learning and consists of independent hackers and security specialists. Last week’s Black Hat theme concentrated on the social element of how companies need to get along and really assist others and one another, which has constantly been the overlying message of Defcon.

Individuals visited from all over the world last week:

Jeff Moss, aka ‘Dark Tangent’, the creator of Black Hat and Defcon, also wishes that to be the theme: Where you aim to help individuals get knowledge and learn from others. Moss desires attendees to remain ‘great’ and ‘helpful’ during the conference. That is on par with exactly what Alex Stamos from Facebook conveyed in his keynote about security businesses. Stamos asked that all of us share in the obligation of assisting those that can not help themselves. He likewise raised another valid point: Are we doing enough in the security industry to really help people rather than simply doing it to make cash? Can we achieve the goal of actually assisting people? As such is the juxtaposition of the two events. The primary differences between Black Hat and Defcon is the more corporate consistency of Black Hat (from vendor hall to the presentations) to the true hacker community at Defcon, which showcases the innovative side of what is possible.

The business I work for, Ziften, offers Systems and Security Operations software applications – offering IT and security teams visibility and control across all endpoints, on or off a business network. We likewise have a pretty sweet sock game!

Lots of guests flaunted their Ziften assistance by adorning previous year Ziften sock designs. Looking good, feeling great!

The idea of joining forces to combat against the corrupt is something most guests from around the world accept, and we are no different. Here at Ziften, we aim to genuinely help our customers and the community with our solutions. Why offer or count on a service which is restricted to only exactly what’s inside the box? One that offers a single or handful of specific functions? Our software application is a platform for integration and offers modular, individualistic security and functional solutions. The whole Ziften team takes the creativity from Defcon, and we push ourselves to try and develop new, customized functions and forensic tools where standard security companies would avoid or simply remain consumed by day-to-day tasks.

Providing continuous visibility and control for any asset, anywhere is one of Ziften’s primary focuses. Our combined systems and security operations (SysSecOps) platform empowers IT and security operations teams to rapidly fix endpoint concerns, decrease overall threat posture, speed threat response, and improve operations efficiency. Ziften’s protected architecture provides constant, streaming end point monitoring and historic data collection for enterprises, governments, and managed security service providers. And remaining with this year’s Black Hat style of interacting, Ziften’s partner integrations extend the worth of incumbent tools and fill the gaps in between siloed systems.

Journalists are not enabled to take images of the Defcon crowd, however I am not the press and this was prior to going into a badge needed area:P The Defcon hoards and goons (Defcon mega-bosses using red t-shirts) were at a standstill for a solid 20 minutes waiting for initial access to the four massive Track meeting rooms on opening day.

The Voting Machine Hacking Village got a lot of attention at the event. It was interesting but nothing brand-new for veteran attendees. I suppose it takes something notable to amass attention around particular vulnerabilities.? All vulnerabilities for the majority of the talks and particularly this town have actually already been revealed to the proper authorities prior to the occasion. Let us understand if you need aid locking down one of these (looking at you federal government folks).

More and more individual data is appearing to the general public. For instance, Google & Twitter APIs are freely and openly readily available to query user data metrics. This data is making it easier for hackers to social engineer focused attacks on individuals and specifically persons of power and rank, like judges and executives. This discussion titled, Dark Data, showed how a simple yet dazzling de-anonymization algorithm and some data made it possible for these 2 white hats to recognize individuals with severe precision and reveal extremely private details about them. This must make you reconsider what you have actually installed on your systems and individuals in your work environment. The majority of the above raw metadata was gathered through a popular browser add-on. The fine tuning accompanied the algothrim and public APIs. Do you know exactly what browser add-ons are operating in your environment? If the answer is no, then Ziften can assist.

This presentation was clearly about making use of Point-of-Sale systems. Although quite humorous, it was a little scary at the speed at which one of the most commonly used POS systems can be hacked. This specific POS hardware is most commonly used when paying in a taxi. The base os is Linux and although on an ARM architecture and protected by durable firmware, why would a company risk leaving the security of client charge card information entirely up to the hardware supplier? If you look for extra protection on your POS systems, then don’t look beyond Ziften. We protect the most frequently utilized enterprise operating systems. If you want to do the fun thing and set up the video game Doom on one, I can send you the slide deck.

This guy’s slides were off the charts exceptional. What wasn’t exceptional was how exploitable the MacOS is throughout the setup process of very common applications. Essentially each time you install an application on a Mac, it needs the entry of your escalated benefits. However what if something were to a little modify code a few seconds prior to you entering your Administrator qualifications? Well, the majority of the time, most likely something bad. Anxious about your Mac’s running malware wise adequate to discover and change code on typical susceptible applications prior to you or your user base entering qualifications? If so, we at Ziften Technologies can assist.

We assist you by not changing all your toolset, although we often find ourselves doing simply that. Our objective is to utilize the advice and existing tools that work from different vendors, ensure they are running and installed, ensure the perscribed hardening is indeed undamaged, and guarantee your operations and security groups work more efficiently together to achieve a tighter security matrix throughout your environment.

Key Takeaways from Black Hat & Defcon 2017:

1) Stronger together

– Alex Stamos’s keynote
– Jeff Moss’s message
– Visitors from all over the world working together
– Black Hat must maintain a friendly neighborhood spirit

2) More powerful together with Ziften

– Ziften plays great with other software application vendors

3) Popular present vulnerabilities Ziften can help prevent and solve

– Point-of-Sale accessing
– Voting machine tampering
– Escalating MacOS advantages
– Targeted specific attacks

Downloading A Subtitle Package For Your Favorite Move App Can Leave You Exposed – Charles Leaver

Written By Josh Harriman And Presented By Chuck Leaver Ziften CEO

 

Do you like watching movies with popular apps like Kodi, SmartTV or VLC on your devices? How about needing or wanting subtitles with those films and simply getting the current pack from OpenSubtitles. No problem, sounds like an excellent night at home. Problem is, in accordance with research by Check Point, you could be in for a nasty surprise.

For the hackers to take control of your ‘realm’, they need a vector or some method to gain entry to your system. There are some common ways that occur nowadays, such as creative (and not so creative) social engineering techniques. Getting emails that appear to come from pals or colleagues which were spoofed and you opened an attachment, or went to some website and if the stars lined up, you were pwned. Typically the star alignment part is not that hard, only that you have some vulnerable software application running that can be accessed.

Since the trick is getting users to work together, the target audience can sometimes be hard to discover. But with this latest research study published, many of the major media players have a special vulnerability when it concerns accessing and translating subtitle bundles. The 4 main media giants noted in the post are fixed to date, but as we have seen in the past (just take a look at the current SMB v1 vulnerability problem) even if a repair is available, does not suggest that users are updating. The research has likewise omitted to show the technical details around the vulnerability to permit other suppliers time to patch. That is an excellent indication and the appropriate approach I believe scientists ought to take. Notify the vendor so they can repair the problem and also announce it publicly so ‘we the people’ are notified and understand what to keep an eye out for.

It’s tough to keep up with the numerous methods you can get infected, however at least we have researchers who tirelessly attempt to ‘break’ things to discover those vulnerabilities. By performing the appropriate disclosure approaches, they assist everybody take pleasure in a more secure experience with their devices, and in this scenario, a great night in at the movies.

Just Drop In Advanced Ziften Endpoint Products Into Your Current Security Infrastructure As They Will Integrate – Charles Leaver

Written By Roark Pollock And Presented By Ziften CEO Charles Leaver

 

Security professionals are by nature a careful lot. Being cautious is a trait most folks likely have coming into this industry given its mission, but it’s likewise surely a characteristic that is acquired over time. Paradoxically this holds true even when it concerns adding extra security precautions into an already established security architecture. While one may assume that more security is much better security, experience teaches us that’s not always the case. There are really numerous issues associated with releasing a new security product. One that almost always appears near the top of the list is how well a brand-new product integrates with other incumbent products.

Integration concerns are available in a number of tastes. Firstly, a new security control shouldn’t break anything. But additionally, new security services have to gracefully share danger intelligence and act upon threat intelligence gathered across an organization’s whole security infrastructure. Simply put, the brand-new security tools should collaborate with the existing ecosystem of tools in place such that “1 + 1 = 3”. The last thing that the majority of IT and security operations teams need is more siloed products/ tools.

At Ziften, this is why we have actually always concentrated on building and providing a completely open visibility architecture. Our company believe that any brand-new systems and security operations tools need to be produced with enhanced visibility and information sharing as key product requirements. However this isn’t a one way street. Developing simple integrations needs technology collaborations with industry vendors. We consider it our duty to work with other technology companies to mutually integrate our products, hence making it easy on clients. Unfortunately, lots of vendors still think that integration of security products, especially brand-new endpoint security services is incredibly hard. I hear the concern constantly in client discussions. But data is now appearing showing this isn’t always the case.

Recent survey work by NSS Labs on “innovative endpoint” products, they report that International 2000 customers based in North America have actually been pleasantly shocked with how well these kinds of services integrate into their existing security architectures. According to the NSS research entitled “Advanced Endpoint Protection – Market Analysis and Survey Results CY2016”, which NSS consequently presented in the BrightTalk webinar below, respondents that had already released advanced endpoint items were a lot more favorable regarding their ability to integrate into existing security architectures than were participants that were still in the planning stages of purchasing these products.

Particularly, for respondents that have currently released advanced endpoint products: they rank integration with already established security architectures as follows:

● Excellent 5.3 %
● Good 50.0 %
● Average 31.6 %
● Poor 13.2 %
● (Awful) 0.0 %

Compare that to the more conservative statements from folks still in the planning stage:

● Excellent 0.0 %
● Good 39.3 %
● Average 42.9 %
● Poor 14.3 %
● (Horrible) 3.6 %

These reactions are motivating. Yes, as noted, security people tend to be pessimists, however in spite of low expectations respondents are reporting positive results with respect to integration experiences. In fact, Ziften clients typically exhibit the same initial low expectations when we first go over the integration of Ziften products into their already established ecosystem of services. But in the end, consumers are wowed by how easy it is to share info with Ziften products and their existing infrastructure.

These survey outcomes will hopefully help alleviate concerns as newer service adopters might check out and count on peer suggestions prior to making purchase decisions. Early traditional adopters are clearly having success deploying these products and that will ideally assist to lessen the natural cautiousness of the true mainstream.

Certainly, there is considerable distinction with products in the space, and companies should continue to perform proper due diligence in understanding how and where services integrate into their broader security architectures. But, the bright side is that there are services not just fulfilling the needs of clients, however actually out performing their initial expectations.

Petya Variant Flaw Attack? No Problem If You Are A Ziften Customer – Charles Leaver

Written By Josh Harriman And Presented By Charles Leaver Ziften CEO

 

Another outbreak, another nightmare for those who were not prepared. While this newest attack is similar to the earlier WannaCry threat, there are some distinctions in this latest malware which is an alternative or brand-new strain much like Petya. Named, NotPetya by some, this strain has a great deal of issues for anybody who experiences it. It may encrypt your data, or make the system completely inoperable. And now the email address that you would be needed to get in touch with to ‘perhaps’ unencrypt your files, has been removed so you’re out of luck retrieving your files.

Plenty of information to the actions of this danger are openly offered, but I wished to discuss the fact that Ziften consumers are safeguarded from both the EternalBlue threat, which is one system utilized for its proliferation, and even much better still, an inoculation based upon a possible defect or its own type of debug check that removes the hazard from ever performing on your system. It might still spread however in the environment, however our security would currently be rolled out to all existing systems to halt the damage.

Our Ziften extension platform enables our clients to have defense in place against certain vulnerabilities and malicious actions for this threat and others like Petya. Besides the particular actions taken against this particular version, we have actually taken a holistic approach to stop certain strains of malware that carry out various ‘checks’ against the system before performing.

We can likewise utilize our Search ability to try to find remnants of the other proliferation methods utilized by this risk. Reports show WMIC and PsExec being used. We can search for those programs and their command lines and use. Despite the fact that they are legitimate procedures, their usage is typically unusual and can be signaled.

With WannaCry, and now NotPetya, we expect to see a continued increase of these kinds of attacks. With the release of the recent NSA exploits, it has given ambitious hackers the tools required to push out their malware. And though ransomware dangers can be a high product vehicle, more damaging dangers could be released. It has actually always been ‘how’ to obtain the risks to spread (worm-like, or social engineering) which is most challenging to them.

UK Parliament Need To Make Their Email System Secure After Attack – Charles Leaver

Written By Dr Al Hartmann And Presented By Ziften CEO Charles Leaver

 

In cyberspace the sheep get shorn, chumps get munched, dupes get deceived, and pawns get pwned. We have actually seen another terrific example of this in the current attack on the UK Parliament e-mail system.

Instead of admitting to an e-mail system that was insecure by design, the official declaration read:

Parliament has strong steps in place to safeguard all our accounts and systems.

Tell us another one. The one protective step we did see at work was blame deflection – it must have been the Russians, that always works, while implicating the victims for their policy infractions. While details of the attack are scarce, combing different sources does assist to assemble a minimum of the gross scenario. If these descriptions are reasonably close, the UK Parliament e-mail system failings are atrocious.

What failed in this scenario?

Count on single factor authentication

“Password security” is an oxymoron – anything password secured alone is insecure, period, no matter the strength of the password. Please, no 2FA here, may restrain attacks.

Do not impose any limitation on failed login efforts

Helped by single factor authentication, this allows easy brute force attacks, no ability required. However when attacked, blame elite foreign hackers – nobody can validate.

Do not carry out brute force attack detection

Allow attackers to conduct (otherwise trivially detectable) brute force violations for prolonged durations (12 hours versus the UK Parliament system), to make the most of account compromise scope.

Do not impose policy, treat it as simply recommendations

Integrated with single element authentication, no limitation on failed logins, and no brute force attack detection, do not enforce any password strength recognition. Supply hackers with really low hanging fruit.

Depend on anonymous, unencrypted e-mail for sensitive communications

If hackers are successful in jeopardizing e-mail accounts or sniffing your network traffic, offer lots of opportunity for them to score high value message material completely in the clear. This likewise conditions constituents to trust easily spoofable e-mail from Parliament, producing an ideal constituent phishing environment.

Lessons learned

In addition to adding “Good sense for Dummies” to their summer reading lists, the United Kingdom Parliament email system administrators may want to take additional actions. Strengthening weak authentication practices, imposing policies, enhancing network and endpoint visibility with continuous monitoring and anomaly detection, and totally reconsidering safe and secure messaging are suggested steps. Penetration testing would have uncovered these fundamental weak points while staying far from media attention.

Even a few intelligent high-schoolers with a totally free weekend might have duplicated this attack. And lastly, stop blaming the Russians for your own security failings. Presume that any weak points in your security architecture and policy framework will be probed and made use of by some hackers somewhere across the international web. All the more incentive to discover and fix those weak points prior to the enemies do, so get started immediately. And then if your defenders do not have visibility to the attacks in progress, upgrade your tracking and analytics.