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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Data Security

[Podcast] #realthreats

Next month, the world will be talking security at the annual RSA Conference, which will be held in San Francisco on February 13th to the 17th. When it comes to discussing security matters, experts often tell us to take stock of our risks or to complete a risk assessment. However, perhaps before understanding where we might be vulnerable, it might be more important to consider exactly what threats we’re really faced with. In this episode…
Data Security, IT Pros

How to setup a SPF record to prevent spam and spear phishing

Some things go together like peanut butter and jelly: delicious, delightful and a good alternative to my dad’s “Thai-Italian Fusion” dinner experiments as a kid. When other things are combined it can be terrifying: like SPF records and spear-phishing. While the nuances of something seemingly mundane as SPF DNS records can seem like a dry boring topic for executives in your organization, you may be able to get them to pay attention to it as…
Compliance & Regulation

EU GDPR Spotlight: Do You Have to Hire a DPO?

I suspect right about now that EU (and US) companies affected by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are starting to look more closely at their compliance project schedules. With enforcement set to begin in May 2018, the GDPR-era will shortly be upon us. One of the many questions that have not been full answered by this new law (and still being worked out by the regulators) is under what circumstances a company needs to…
Privacy

[Podcast] Dr. Ann Cavoukian on Privacy By Design

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I recently had the chance to speak with former Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Dr. Ann Cavoukian about big data and privacy. Dr. Cavoukian 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). What’s more, she came up with PbD language that made its way into the GDPR, which will go into effect in 2018. First developed in the 1990s,…
Data Security

Pen Testing Active Directory Environments, Part IV: Graph Fun

If we haven’t already learned from playing six degrees of Kevin Bacon, then certainly Facebook and Linkedin have taught us we’re all connected. Many of the same ideas of connectedness also play out in Active Directory environments. In this post, we’ll start out where we left off last time in thinking about the big picture of Active Directory users and groups. Or more accurately pondering the big graph of Active Directory. And the game we’re…
Compliance & Regulation, Data Security

What We Learned From Talking to Data Security Experts

Since we’ve been working on the blog, Cindy and I have chatted with security professionals across many different areas — pen testers, attorneys, CDOs, privacy advocates, computer scientists, and even a guru. With 2016 coming to an end and the state of security looking more unsettled than ever, we decided it was a good time to take stock of the collective wisdom we’ve absorbed from these pros. The Theory of Everything A good place to…
Data Security

[Podcast] Fireside Chat with the Future

Over the past few weeks, we started seeing a few new security trends that we think haven’t yet had their defining moment and will likely see more of next year. And so we reflected on the predictions we made last year and shared our annual cybersecurity predictions for 2017. Meanwhile the Inside Out Security Show panel – Kilian Englert, Forrest Temple and Mike Buckbee – also speculated on a few things of their own based…
Varonis News

I’m Alan Cizenski, Corporate Systems Engineer at Varonis, and This is How...

Alan Cizenski is a Corporate Systems Engineer at Varonis. Based in our New York City office, he is responsible for making sure Varonis solutions work smoothly for our prospective customers. Alan helps them realize the value we can provide within their environment and maintain these relationships as they become customers. He’s also a regular panelist for the Inside Out Security show. Listen to him on our most recent episode, Is Security a Benefit or a Feature?…
Data Security

Ransomware: Legal Cheat Sheet for Breach Notification

You respond to a ransomware attack in many of the same ways you would to any other cyber attack. In short: have plans in place to analyze the malware, contain the damage, restore operations if need be, and notify any regulatory or enforcement authorities. And your legal, IT, and communications team should be working together in all your response efforts. Legal meet IT, IT meet legal. So far so good. But ransomware is a different…
Data Security, Varonis News

Can Our Crystal Ball Hack It? 2017 Varonis Cybersecurity Predictions

Everyone makes predictions at this time of year, but who looks back to check on their accuracy? Let’s have a look at some of last year’s omens before directing our forecast lens to 2017. Our first prediction for 2016: The U.S. Presidential campaign will be affected by a cyber attack. We were on to something here, but we should have said numerous attacks. From Wikileaks exposing internal campaign emails to allegations that Russia attempted to…
Data Security

[Podcast] Is Security a Benefit or a Feature?

I recently came across a tweet that was shared during the Infosecurity Magazine Conference in Boston,  “Security is a benefit, but not always a feature.” The reason? You can spend a lot of money and still be hacked or not spend a dime and not be hacked. How did the Inside Out Security Show panel react? Here’s what Mike Buckbee, Kilian Englert and Alan Cizenski had to say: Buckbee: It’s all tradeoffs. It’s all a…
Data Security, IT Pros

Pen Testing Active Directory Environments, Part III:  Chasing Power Users

For those joining late, I’m currently pen testing the mythical Acme company, now made famous by a previous pen testing engagement (and immortalized in this free ebook). This time around I’m using two very powerful tools, PowerView and crackmapexec, in my post-exploitation journey into Acme’s IT. Before we get into more of the details of hunting down privileged users, I wanted to take up one point regarding Active Directory mitigations that I touched on last…