Pen Testing Active Directory

You may have been following our series of posts on pen testing Active Directory environments and learned about the awesome powers of PowerView. No doubt you were wowed by our cliffhanger ending — spoiler alert — where we applied graph theory to find the derivative admin!

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Compliance & Regulation, Data Security

Update: New York State Finalizes Cyber Rules for Financial Sector

When last we left New York State’s innovative cybercrime regulations, they were in a 45-day public commenting period. Let’s get caught up. The comments are now in. The rules were tweaked based on stakeholders’ feedback, and the regulations will begin a grace period starting March 1, 2017. To save you the time, I did the heavy lifting and looked into the changes made by the regulators at the New York State Department of Financial Services…
Data Security

[Podcast] An Extra Factor of Authentication

Inspired by the tweet below, I asked the Inside Out Security Show panel – Kilian Englert, Mike Buckbee, and Alan Cizenski –  if they could add an extra factor of authentication, what would it be? @Pinboard pic.twitter.com/Xe5e1qYXxi — Matthew Hunt (@coneslayer) January 19, 2017 Plus, we covered a few hot topics: The risks of replacing passports and manned desks with biometric scanning and automation What would it take to set up AD for 28 million…
IT Pros

Five Ways for a CDO to Drive Growth, Improve Efficiencies, and Manage Risk

 in IT Pros
We’ve already written about the growing role of the chief data officer(CDO) and their challenging task to leverage data science to drive profits. But the job of a CDO is not just about moving the profit meter. It’s less-widely known that they’re also tasked with meeting three other business objectives: finding ways to drive overall growth, improve efficiencies and manage risk. Why? All business activities and processes benefit from these three objectives. Luckily, we can…
Compliance & Regulation, Privacy

[Podcast] Adam Tanner on the Dark Market in Medical Data, Part II

More Adam Tanner! In this second part of my interview with the author of Our Bodies, Our Data, we start exploring the implications of having massive amounts of online medical  data. There’s much to worry about. With hackers already good at stealing health insurance records, is it only a matter of time before they get into the databases of the drug prescription data brokers? My data privacy paranoia about all this came out in full…
Data Security, IT Pros

Pen Testing Active Directory Environments, Part VI: The Final Case

If you’ve come this far in the series, I think you’ll agree that security pros have to move beyond checking off lists. The mind of the hacker is all about making connections, planning several steps ahead, and then jumping around the victim’s network in creative ways. Lateral movement through derivative admins is a good example of this approach. In this concluding post, I’ll finish up a few loose ends from last time and then talk about…
Data Security

[Podcast] Parents of Security

While I thought we could ride on our recent successes for just a bit longer, attackers are back in full swing, filling my twitter feed with latest jaw dropping security news. As I waded in worry, I stumbled upon an interesting Benjamin Franklin quote, “Distrust and caution are the parents of security.” Should distrust and caution be the parents of security? Who or what should the parents of security be? I brought these questions to…
Data Security

[Podcast] Security Pros Bring Out Their Game Face

With ransomware and data breaches driving headlines, it can feel like security pros are always one step behind. However, I recently found a few stories that I thought were worth celebrating. Not everyone on the Inside Out Security Show panel – Mike Buckbee, Kilian Englert, and Kris Keyser – thought the stories were good news. Nonetheless, I think that over time, as technologies mature, they do become more stable and secure. A few steps forward,…
Compliance & Regulation, Privacy

[Podcast] Adam Tanner on the Dark Market in Medical Data, Part I

In our writing about HIPAA and medical data, we’ve also covered a few of the gray areas of medical privacy, including  wearables, Facebook, and hospital discharge records. I thought both Cindy and I knew all the loopholes. And then I talked to writer Adam Tanner about his new book Our Bodies, Our Data: How Companies Make Billions Selling Our Medical Records. In the first part of my interview with Tanner, I learned how pharmacies sell our prescription drug…
Data Security, Varonis News

The Data Security Money Pit: An Independent Research Study from Forrester

We recently released a study with Forrester Consulting entitled “The Data Security Money Pit: Expense in Depth Hinders Maturity” that shows a candy-store approach to data security may actually hinder data protection and explores how a unified data security platform could give security professionals the protection capabilities they desire, including security analytics, classification and access control while reducing costs and technical challenges. The report finds organizations invest heavily in individual tools to try to mitigate…
IT Pros

Connecting Your Data Strategy to Analytics: Eight Questions to Ask

 in IT Pros
Big data has ushered in a new executive role over the past few years. The chief data officer or CDO now joins the C-level club, tasked with leveraging data science to drive the bottom line. According to a recent executive survey, 54% of firms surveyed now report having appointed a CDO. Taking on the role is one thing, learning out how to be successful is another. “A CDO’s job starts like this: a CEO, CFO…
Privacy

[Podcast] More Dr. Ann Cavoukian: GDPR and Access Control

 in Privacy
We continue our discussion with Dr. Ann Cavoukian. She is currently Executive Director of Ryerson University’s Privacy and Big Data Institute and is best known for her leadership in the development of Privacy by Design (PbD). In this segment, Cavoukian tells us that once you’ve involved your customers in the decision making process, “You won’t believe the buy-in you will get under those conditions because then you’ve established trust and that you’re serious about their privacy.” We also…
Data Security, IT Pros

Pen Testing Active Directory Environments, Part V: Admins and Graphs

If you’ve survived my last blog post, you know that Active Directory group structures can be used as powerful weapons by hackers. Our job as pen testers is to borrow these same techniques — in the form of PowerView — that hackers have known about for years, and then show management where the vulnerabilities live in their systems. I know I had loads of fun building my AD graph structures. It was even more fun…