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Lets be clear: this is for IT people. Not because IT people are better looking and drive cooler cars than the general populace (which is true: most IT departments look like extras from the set of The Fast and Furious), but because unless you're familiar with things like the dark blackness that grips your soul when you discover that two NICs have the same MAC address on your network - you probably aren't going to appreciate this at all.

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Data Security

[Podcast] The Anatomy of a Cybercriminal Startup

Outlined in the National Cyber Security Centre’s “Cyber crime: understanding the online business model,” the structure of a cybercrime organization is in many ways a lot like a regular tech startup. There’s a CEO, developer, and if there are enough funds, an IT department. However, one role outlined on an infographic on page nine of the report that was a surprise and does not exist in legitimate businesses. This role is known as a “money…
Compliance & Regulation

New York State Cyber Regulations Get Real

We wrote about NY’s innovate cyber regulations earlier this year. For those who don’t remember, NY State Department of Financial Services (NYSDFS) launched GDPR-like cyber security regulations for its massive financial industry, including requirements for 72-hour breach reporting, limited data retention, and designation of a chief information security officer. As legal experts have noted, New York leads the rest of the states in its tough data security rules for banks, insurance, and investment companies. And…
Data Security

My Big Fat Data Breach Cost Post, Part II

If I had to summarize the first post in this series in one sentence, it’s this: as a single number, the average is not the best way to understand a dataset. Breach cost averages are no exception! And when that dataset is skewed or “heavy tailed”, the average is even less meaningful. With this background, it’s easier to understand what’s going on with the breach cost controversy as its being played out in the business…
Data Security

[Podcast] How Weightless Data Impacts Data Security

By now, we’re all aware that many of the platforms and services we use collect and store information about our data usage. Afterall, they want to provide us with the most personalized experience. So when I read that an EU Tinder user requested information about her data and was sent 800 pages, I was very intrigued with the comment from Luke Stark, a digital technology sociologist at Dartmouth University, “Apps such as Tinder are taking…
Varonis News
Nasuni Cloud NAS

Varonis Brings Data Security to Nasuni

We’re excited to announce that, in an upcoming release, the Varonis Data Security Platform will bring data-centric audit and protection to Nasuni Enterprise File Services. Nasuni is a key Varonis partner in the growing market for hybrid cloud Network Attached Storage (NAS). If Nasuni is a critical part of your IT infrastructure, adding Varonis will enable you to: Discover and classify sensitive, regulated files Detect and alert on suspicious activity like ransomware and insider threats…
IT Pros

[Transcript] Ofer Shezaf and Keeping Ahead of the Hackers

Inside Out Security: Today I’m with Ofer Shezaf, who is Varonis’s Cyber Security Director. What does that title mean? Essentially, Ofer’s here to make sure that our products help customers get the best security possible for their systems. Ofer has had a long career in data security and I might add is a graduate of Israel’s amazing Technion University. Welcome, Ofer. Ofer Shezaf: Thank you. IOS: So I’d like to start off by asking you…
Varonis News

Catching Up With Varonis Tech Evangelist Brian Vecci

Who was that incredibly knowledgeable security pro on CNBC talking about the Equifax breach? That familiar face and voice  belongs to none other than our own Brian Vecci. If you’ve been following Varonis on Twitter or Linkedin, you’re likely aware that Brian has been on CNBC before. And he’s made a lot of other media appearance. So we asked our amazing research staff to track down Brian’s recent interview activity — not surprisingly, he’s been…
Data Security

[Podcast] Penetration Testers Sanjiv Kawa and Tom Porter

While some regard Infosec as compliance rather than security, veteran pentesters Sanjiv Kawa and Tom Porter believe otherwise. They have deep expertise working with large enterprise networks, exploit development, defensive analytics and I was lucky enough to speak with them about the fascinating world of pentesting. In our podcast interview, we learned what a pentesting engagement entails, assigning budget to risk, the importance of asset identification, and so much more. Regular speakers at Security Bsides,…
IT Pros

PowerShell Obfuscation: Stealth Through Confusion, Part II

Let’s step back a little from the last post’s exercise in jumbling PowerShell commands. Obfuscating code as a technique to avoid detection by malware and virus scanners (or prevent reverse engineering) is nothing really new. If we go back into the historical records, there’s this (written in Perl).  What’s the big deal, then? The key change is that hackers can go malware-free by using garden variety PowerShell in practically all phases of an attack. And…
Data Security

[Podcast] Varonis Director of Cyber Security Ofer Shezaf, Part II

A self-described all-around security guy, Ofer is in charge of security standards for Varonis products. In this second part of the interview, we explore different ways to improve corporate data security, including security by design techniques at the development stage, deploying Windows 10s, and even labeling security products! Learn more from Ofer by clicking on the interview above.
Data Security, IT Pros

3 Tips to Monitor and Secure Exchange Online

Even if you don’t have your sights on the highest office in the country, keeping a tight leash on your emails is now more important than ever. Email is commonly targeted by hackers as a method of entry into organizations. No matter if your email is hosted by a 3rd party or managed internally, it is imperative to monitor and secure those systems. Microsoft Exchange Online – part of Microsoft’s Office365 cloud offering – is…
IT Pros

PowerShell Obfuscation: Stealth Through Confusion, Part I

To get into the spirit of this post, you should probably skim through the first few slides of this presentation by Daniel Bohannon and Le Holmes given at Black Hat 2017. Who would have thunk that making PowerShell commands look unreadable would require a triple-digit slide deck? We know PowerShell is the go to-tool for post-exploitation, allowing attackers to live off the land and prosper. Check out our pen testing Active Directory series for more…