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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…
Data Security
Internet Security Basics - How to Protect Yourself Online

Internet Security Basics: How to Protect Yourself Online

It’s the holidays, which means one thing if you’re in IT: dealing with eggnog related support tickets. It’s hard to get excited about a small holiday light display that comes around once a year when you spend weeks at a time in a large frosty room, sporting thousands of machines with dozens of flashing leds each. Well, Varonis has got you this year. We’ve developed a security course designed specifically for you to give to…
Data Security

[Podcast] Password Expert Per Thorsheim on Biometrics and Keystroke Dynamic...

Based in Norway, Per Thorsheim is an independent security adviser for governments as well as organizations worldwide. He is also the founder of PasswordsCon.org, an annual conference that’s all about passwords, PIN codes, and authentication. Launched in 2010, the conference invites security professionals & academic researchers to better understand and improve security. In part one of our discussion with Per, we examined two well-known forms of authentication – passwords and hardware.  In this segment, he talks about a lesser…
Data Security, IT Pros

New Mirai Attacks, But It’s Still About Passwords

Last week, Mirai-like wormware made the news again with attacks on ISPs in the UK. Specifically, customers of TalkTalk and PostOffice reported Internet outages. As with the last Mirai incident involving consumer cameras, this one also took advantage of an exposed router port. And by an amazing coincidence, some of the overall points about these ISP incidents were covered in two recent posts of ours: injection exploits are still a plague, and consumers should learn…
Data Security

[Podcast] A Technologist’s Hippocratic Oath

Last month, there was a thought-provoking article on programmers who were asked to do unethical work on the job. We often talk about balancing security with precaution and paranoia, but I wondered about the balance of ethics and execution. As always, I was curious to hear the reactions from the Inside Out Security Show panel – Mike Buckbee, Kris Keyser, and Mike Thompson. Here’s what they had to say: Thompson: “The downside in technology is…
Data Security

[Podcast] Password Expert Per Thorsheim On Life After Two-Factor Authentica...

Based in Norway, Per Thorsheim is an independent security adviser for governments as well as organizations worldwide. He is also the founder of PasswordsCon.org, an annual conference that’s all about passwords, PIN codes, and authentication. Launched in 2010, the conference invites security professionals & academic researchers to better understand and improve security. In part one of our conversation, Per explains why we continue to use passwords, the difference between 2-factor authentication and 2-step verification, as well…
Data Security, IT Pros

Pen Testing Active Directory Environments, Part II: Getting Stuff Done With...

In my last post, I began discussing how valuable pen testing and risk assessments can be done by just gathering information from Active Directory. I also introduced PowerView, which is a relatively new tool for helping pen testers and “red teamers” explore offensive Active Directory techniques. To get more background on how hackers have been using and abusing Active Directory over the years, I recommend taking a look at some of the slides and talks…
Data Security

Why UBA Will Catch the Zero-Day Ransomware Attacks (That Endpoint Protectio...

Ransomware attacks have become a major security threat. It feels like each week a new variant is announced –Ransom32, 7ev3n. This malware may even be involved in the next big breach. New variants such as Chimera threaten to not just ransom your data, but also leak it online if you don’t pay up. These cyber extortionists are not exactly the most scrupulous people, and so who’s to say they won’t sell your data online even…
Data Security

[Podcast] Life of an IT Pro

Like many in IT, you can probably commiserate with this week’s Inside Out Security Show panel – Mike Buckbee and Alan Cizenski – on elaborating when someone asks you, “What Do You Do for a Living?” Whether you’re a programmer or a sysadmin, the scope of your role is often multi-faceted and complex. In this episode, we talk about various responsibilities of those in IT – differentiating similar tools, testing and evaluating, balancing practical decision…
Data Security

Understanding SQL Injection, Identification and Prevention

A Word of Caution When you think of a website getting hacked, you might picture someone in a hoodie in a high tech bunker (or their mom’s basement), wailing on a keyboard, controlling thousands of remote machines in coordinated attacks, while output that looks like http://hackertyper.com/ scrolls past in a blur. You probably aren’t thinking: “I added a couple characters onto the end of a URL in my browser, now I’m committing felony unlawful access…