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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, Varonis News

It’s Not Just Waymo: IP Most at Risk According to Our RSA Survey

This year, the RSA Conference boasted over 43,000 attendees and 557 exhibitors spread across two enormous and cacophonous halls. Even in the quiet of the hotel room, my ears rang with echoes of the discordant noise about new potential threats. Let’s just say I’ll be eyeing every public outlet from which I charge my phone with suspicion. Tom Foremski, ex-Financial Times journalist and editor/publisher of Silicon Valley Watcher, summed up the experience nicely via ZDNet:…
Data Security

[Podcast] Scout Brody, Ph.D. on Creating Security Systems Usable for All

With spring just a few short weeks away, it’s a good time to clean the bedroom windows, dust off the ceiling fans, and discard old security notions that have been taking up valuable mind space. What do you replace those security concepts with? How about ones that say that security systems are not binary “on-off” concepts, but instead can be seen as a gentle gradient. And where user experiences developed by researchers create security products…
Data Security

Verizon Data Breach Digest 2017

While we’re anxiously waiting for the next edition of the Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), Verizon released its annual Data Breach Digest (DBD) earlier this month. What’s the DBD? It condenses the various breach patterns discussed in the DBIR.  In this year’s report, Verizon reduced 12 patterns into a mere four generalized scenarios: the Human Element, Conduit Devices, Configuration Exploitation, and Malicious Software. Of course, when you start abstracting and clustering information, you end up…
Data Security

Cloudbleed – Cloudflare Unauthorized Data Leak

Cloudflare is a huge internet infrastructure company (5.5 million websites), which means that you likely use them every day that you’re online, without ever realizing it. Depending on what metric you use, as much as 25% of the Alexa Top 10000 sites is using Cloudflare for some part of their public facing infrastructure. What Cloudflare Provides Broadly, they provide two services: Massively fast and distributed DNS services Denial of Service attack mitigation (and some related…
Data Security

[Podcast] Gambling with User Data

The debate between users volunteering their data for better service versus being perceived as a creepy company who covertly gathers user data remains a hot topic for the Inside Out Security panel –Kris Keyser, Mike Buckbee, and Kilian Englert. There were two recent stories that triggered this debate. Recently, a smart television manufacturer agreed to pay a $2.2 million fine to the Federal Trade Commission for “collecting viewing data on 11 million consumer TVs without…
Compliance & Regulation, Data Security

Cybersecurity Laws Get Serious: EU’s NIS Directive

In the IOS blog, our cyberattack focus has mostly been on hackers stealing PII and other sensitive personal data. The breach notification laws and regulations that we write about require notification only when there’s been acquisition or disclosure of PII by an unauthorized user. In plain speak, the data is stolen. These data laws, though, fall short in two significant ways. One, the hackers can potentially take data that’s not covered by the law: non-PII…
Data Security

[Podcast] Professor Angela Sasse on the Economics of Security

In part two of my interview with Angela Sasse, Professor of Human-Centred Technology, she shared an engagement she had with British Telecom(BT). The accountants at BT said that users were resetting passwords at a rate that overwhelmed the helpdesk’s resources, making the cost untenable. The security team believed that the employees were the problem, meanwhile Sasse and her team thought otherwise. She likened the problem of requiring users to remember their passwords to memory exercises. And with Sasse’s…
Compliance & Regulation, Data Security, Privacy

Interview With Medical Privacy Author Adam Tanner [TRANSCRIPT]

Adam Tanner, author of Our Bodies, Our Data, has shed light on the dark market in medical data. In my interview with Adam, I learned that our medical records, principally drug transactions, are sold to medical data brokers who then resell this information to drug companies. How can this be legal under HIPAA without patient consent? Adam explains that if the data is anonymized then it no longer falls under HIPAA’s rules. However, the prescribing…
Data Security, Varonis News

Introducing a new security dashboard, enhanced behavioral analysis, and mor...

Every day we hear new stories about how our customers are using DatAlert to stop cyberattacks: detecting and disabling ransomware infections, discovering misconfigurations and vulnerabilities, and setting up automatic responses to malware infections. And so, we’ve updated DatAlert to be more intuitive, powerful, and insightful than ever: 6.3.150 includes major updates to DatAlert, additional platform support, and performance enhancements. New Security Dashboard: DatAlert is easier than ever to use as a starting point for investigating…
Data Security

[Podcast] Security Monk vs. Emperor Palpatine

This week, we continue our ongoing ransomware discussion with the Inside Out Security Show panel – Kilian Englert, Mike Buckbee, and Mike Thompson. But before we launched into our conversation, as an icebreaker, I asked the panel what their advice would be to this tired sysadmin who deleted the wrong directory on the wrong server? Buckbee: Do exactly what they did to fix the problem. Englert: It happens, just have to recover and move on.…
Data Security

[Podcast] Professor Angela Sasse on Human-Centered Security

Lately, we’ve been hearing more from security experts who are urging IT pros to stop scapegoating users as the primary reason for not achieving security nirvana. After covering this controversy on a recent episode of the Inside Out Security Show, I thought it was worth having an in-depth conversation with an expert. So, I contacted Angela Sasse, Professor of Human-Centred Technology in the Department of Computer Science at University College London, UK. Over the past…
Data Security, IT Pros

Binge Read Our Pen Testing Active Directory Series

With winter storm Niko now on its extended road trip, it’s not too late, at least here in the East Coast, to make a few snow day plans. Sure you can spend part of Thursday catching up on Black Mirror while scarfing down this slow cooker pork BBQ pizza. However, I have a healthier suggestion. Why not binge on our amazing Pen Testing Active Directory Environments blog posts? You’ve read parts of it, or —…