The critical infrastructure of the United States includes all those systems and assets that are essential to the proper functioning, economy, health, and safety of American society.
The critical infrastructure of the United States includes all those systems and assets that are essential to the proper functioning, economy, health, and safety of American society.
Data loss refers to the unwanted removal of sensitive information either due to an information system error, or theft by cybercriminals. Data leaks are unauthorized exposures of sensitive information through vulnerabilities on the digital landscape. Data leaks are more complex to detect and remediate, they usually occur at the interface of critical systems, both internally and throughout the vendor network.
ECommerce security protects your company and customer data from cyber-attacks and malicious bots. As an eCommerce business owner, you must ensure that all data is handled securely to avoid a breach. Poor eCommerce security can have many negative impacts on a business. Customer trust relies on great customer experience, and when customers enter their personal details into your website, they expect it to be protected.
Many organizations are equipped to handle insider threat and external, common well-known challenges (like malware, for instance). These so-called “intentional” threats can be addressed through proactive security measures and best practices. But what about the unintentional risks that come with operating in a cloud-first environment? Unintentional mistakes, such as misconfiguring cloud infrastructure, can be equally devastating.
Prudential Standard CPS 234 Information Security (CPS 234) is an APRA prudential standard. Australian Prudential Regulation Authority’s (APRA) mission is to establish and enforce prudential standards designed to ensure that, under all reasonable circumstances, financial promises made by its regulated entities are met within a stable, efficient, and competitive financial services sector.
On Friday, 7th May, the organisation confirmed that a ransomware attack had forced it to shut down all its IT infrastructure – an infection attributed to the DarkSide cybercrime gang. However, just one week later, amid reports that a ransom of around $5 million had been paid out, DarkSide announced that it had stopped operating entirely.
Cyberattacks are getting common and their impact is quite severe. Security breaches are no longer limited to a few large tech companies. Cybercriminals have rapidly altered tactics and started targeting several Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as well. Today, companies, big or small, are targets of ransomware, viruses, malware, bots etc. Hence, it is important to understand some of the common cybersecurity keywords or jargon.
Security and defense theory are inextricably entwined. Consider medieval castles. They were designed as a defensive mechanism that provided security to those within, most of whom were simply civilians hiding behind the walls for protection from invaders. Within cybersecurity, multiple concepts from defense and war theory can be applied to better address the cyber risks facing organizations. In fact, the term Bastion Host refers to a Bastion which has very militaristic connotations.
Collaboration Rules is a company core value and at the heart of Detectify. It drives innovation and productivity in our organization, and activates our ability to build products to drive the future of internet security. Two of the methods we use for collaborating are Mob Programming in Engineering and Sourcing Jams in the Talent Acquisition team. At Detectify, collaboration is the way forward, and let’s dive into these use cases and our learnings.
When it comes to GDPR compliance, contracts are some of the most powerful tools you have to show to regulators. They allow you to receive legal guarantees from your service providers and third parties that protect you from liability in the event of a breach in compliance. You aren’t off the hook for everything, but at the very least you won’t be liable for negligence.
If your development team isn’t yet using shift-left testing, you could be wasting time, money, and energy. Teams that practice shift-left testing are able to identify potential roadblocks early in the process, change scope when needed, and improve design to avoid buggy code. When a bug does occur, it can be identified and dealt with quickly so as not to impact the project later on. Shift-left testing proposes to help agile teams become more agile.
A selection of this week’s more interesting vulnerability disclosures and cyber security news. For a daily selection see our twitter feed at #ionCube24. Silicon hacks this week…. The dives into the M1 chip by Ashai Linux discloses another issue apparently…
There are more than 250,000 merchants using the Magento open commerce platform around the world, resulting in millions of users accessing a Magento website every day. That was before the Covid-19 pandemic hit and drove a colossal surge in online activity and, unsurprisingly, consumers significantly exceeded spending predictions. In 2019 there were two days of digital sales that reached $2 billion, and in 2020 there were more than 130.
As applications become more complex, and attack vectors grow more sophisticated, the critical importance of comprehensive software security testing emerges. These days, application testing has become synonymous with risk mitigation, as organizations continue to embrace security at all stages of the software development life cycle (SDLC). This effort includes automation, which helps to reduce the labor of testing and ensures applications are secured without impacting velocity.
28th May 2021 Sofia, Bulgaria – LogSentinel, the innovative provider of cybersecurity solutions, announced that its participation in the project for support and growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through the implementation of voucher schemes by BSMEPA has ended successfully.
More than half of websites today support HTTP/2 for an improved user experience as web developers continue to move off HTTP 1.1. That’s for several good reasons. HTTP 1.1 can support six concurrent TLS tunnels with one session each to download web objects in popular web browsers, but HTTP/2 uses multiplexing to support thousands of sessions in one TLS tunnel and download web objects much faster.
When running Splunk Phantom with AWS services, it can be tricky to make sure Splunk Phantom has the right access. When you’re managing multiple AWS accounts, the effort to configure Splunk Phantom’s access to every account can feel insurmountable. Fortunately, Amazon has the Security Token Service to solve this problem with temporary credentials, so we’ve integrated it with Splunk Phantom!
Last year was an especially stressful time for healthcare systems. Not only were emergency rooms overwhelmed by patients, a number of them were also hit by system-crippling cyberattacks. According to Comparitech, in 2020 alone, 92 ransomware attacks affected over 600 healthcare organizations, exposing more than 18 million patient records. These attacks brought operations to a standstill for days or weeks at a time, costing the healthcare industry an estimated $20.8 billion.
We all dream of creating the next big thing: getting that investment that will help us over the finish line, landing a partnership with one of the big players, or getting acquired by a global enterprise. But as we race to keep ahead of the market and surprise our customers with bigger and better offerings than they ever imagined, we have to pass that dreaded series of hurdles: technical due diligence.
A squid proxy server has two major functions. First, it is an intermediary proxy. Second, it provides cache services for popular network protocols including HTTP and FTP. The use of proxies and cache services makes up a better internet user experience. Proxies provide added layers of security and cache services that make loading processes faster. Obviously, getting both services from a single provider is highly efficient.
The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally shifted the cyber threat landscape for Australia’s health sector, with the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) reporting a 84% increase in the number of cyber security incident reports relating to the health sector between 2019 and 2020.1 As custodians of vast volumes of highly sensitive information, the industry continues to find itself at the mercy of cyberattacks that paralyze systems until a ransom is paid—threatening the security of patient d
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) defines a transaction as an electronic exchange of information between two parties, to carry out financial or administrative activities related to healthcare. For example, a health care provider will send a claim to a health plan to request payment for medical services.
Every time you log on to the Internet, you put your IT systems and the data you handle at risk. At the same time, it’s also impossible to run a successful business without going online, so a key element of modern business management is a strong cybersecurity risk management program. Why? Because the only people in the cybersecurity field working harder than software engineers are the criminals trying to find a new way to breach the latest network security measures.
Are you doing enough to prevent scammers from hijacking your social media accounts? Even if you have chosen a strong, unique password for your online presence and enabled two-factor authentication it’s possible that you’ve overlooked another way in which online criminals could commandeer your social media accounts and spam out a message to your followers.
Netskope is proud to be a member of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association! We provide adeep and effective ability to leverage the Microsoft Azure Information Protection (AIP) and Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) feature sets available to E3 and E5 customers who are connecting not only to Microsoft cloud services, but to a wide range of non-Microsoft cloud storage solutions and Internet services.
We are honored to share that Snyk has been named to the ninth annual CNBC Disruptor 50 List, coming in at #15! The full list, unveiled earlier this week, identifies 50 private companies “aligned with today’s rapid pace of technological change and poised to emerge from the pandemic as the next generation of business leaders.” The pandemic accelerated digital transformation and associated cybersecurity concerns.
The team recently released Teleport 6.2. This post will walk you through some of the new features and additions included in this release. This release has a few breaking changes. If you’re currently running Teleport on AWS using DynamoDB, we would advise waiting for 6.2.1 before upgrading.
Atlassian made a big splash in cloud SaaS news when they announced that the company would stop selling new on-prem server licenses as of February 1, 2021. Upgrades of existing server licenses will continue to be available through the third quarter of 2022. Impacted services include Jira Software Server, Jira Core Server, Jira Service Desk Service, Confluence Server, Bitbucket Server, Crowd Server, Bamboo Server, Atlassian-built apps, and Atlassian Marketplace server apps.
The following is an excerpt from Netskope’s recent book Designing a SASE Architecture for Dummies. This is the second in a series of seven posts detailing a set of incremental steps for implementing a well-functioning SASE architecture. The first step in solving any problem is admitting there is one.
Consumers are notoriously impatient when it comes to poor digital experiences. According to the ForgeRock: The New Normal survey, 35% of consumers will cancel or delete your app if they have trouble logging into your service. And 32% will switch to your competitor. Ouch!
In our previous blog, we explored the nature of intent-based Android security vulnerabilities. Now we’re going to dive into how we performed our security analysis on apps in the Google Play Store with Snyk Code.
With today’s distributed workforce, it’s essential to have the right tools to collaborate with co-workers. Now with the Egnyte Microsoft Office integration, users can co-edit on Microsoft documents in real-time from the Office Desktop apps. Users now have a choice to use their preferred device.
In today’s modern era where everything is being digitised, cloud technology is playing a huge role in our everyday tech life. People want to use lesser physical resources, want easier management and trouble-shooting of their digital assets, hence increasing the usage of cloud technology.
Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) Anywhere enables you to simply run containers in whatever location makes the most sense for your business – including on-premises. Security is a key concern for organizations shifting to the cloud. Sysdig has validated our Secure DevOps platform with ECS Anywhere, giving AWS customers the security and visibility needed to run containers confidently on the new deployment model.
The next iteration in the history of technology convergence emerged with Gartner’s Secure Access Service Edge (SASE). Networking and security vendors have been integrating capabilities for decades, and market adoption of these integrations has only accelerated due to innovations such as virtualization and cloud computing. From a networking perspective, routing of traffic extends far beyond IP and MAC addresses to now include application steering and transport-agnostic overlay networks.
Security and speed in software development are not mutually exclusive. Red Hat, the open source software giant, and the Synopsys Software Integrity Group are joining forces to prove it. Synopsys is bringing Seeker®, its automated interactive application security testing (IAST) tool, to Red Hat application runtimes like JBoss EAP, OpenJDK, and WebSphere with OpenShift Container Platform to secure a variety of software applications.
NIST is the abbreviated name of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. It’s one of many federal agencies under the U.S. Department of Commerce, and is one of the oldest physical science laboratories in the United States. As a non-regulatory government agency, NIST was originally founded to enable greater industrial competitiveness in the United States. Its focus stems from the mantra, “One cannot manage what is not measured.
The total number of phishing attacks doubled in 2020, with phishing for cloud credentials, specifically SaaS and webmail app credentials, accounting for nearly a third of the targets of phishing campaigns. Over the same period, we saw cybercriminals hosting 13% of their baits in cloud apps. This blog post summarizes the top phishing trends from 2020 and looks forward at what to expect for the rest of 2021.
Scalpers are becoming increasingly sophisticated, not just in their use of advanced bots, but also in less obvious ways to get a hold of their desired goods. Here at Netacea we are dedicated to preventing fraud by monitoring, identifying and stopping malicious bots in their tracks. We are so steadfast in this goal that we have even created a MITRE ATT&CK style framework that defines automated attack kill chains – NetBLADE (Netacea Business Logic Attack Definition).
We have been witnessing an ever growing amount of supply chain security incidents in the wild. Everything from open source package managers security flaws being exploited to continuous integration systems being compromised to software artifacts being backdoored. And now, those incidents are starting to extend to the place where developers spend most of their time: their integrated development environment, and specifically the Visual Studio Code IDE.
To stay ahead of attackers, we constantly monitor various security threats. One of these threats — supply chain attacks — aims to compromise an organization through its software development process. Recently, a huge spike in supply chain attacks was observed — dependency confusion was discovered, the SolarWinds breach was reported and more malicious packages were flagged. This certainly drew our attention (as well as the rest of the world’s)!
Inherent risks include all risks that are present without any security controls. Residual risks are the risks that remain after security controls are implemented. Residual risks are inevitable. Even with an abundance of security controls, vestiges of residual risks will remain that could expose your sensitive data to cyber attacks.This is because the proliferation of digital transformation expands the digital landscape, creating more attack vectors.
The recent executive order calling for immediate improvements in the federal government’s cybersecurity is impressive. I give the Biden Administration a lot of credit for publicly admitting there are significant problems and weaknesses in the federal government’s IT and cybersecurity infrastructure and practices. The order also includes some key points that are significant for Devo and our customers.
Attacks against operational technology (OT) and industrial control systems (ICS) grew dramatically in the past few years. Indeed, a 2020 report found that digital attacks against those two kinds of assets increased by over 2000% between 2018 and 2020. Many of those attacks involved vulnerabilities in Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems and other ICS hardware components or password spraying techniques.
King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) is among the world’s most innovative law firms and is represented by 2,400 lawyers in 28 locations across the globe. The international law firm, based in Australia, helps clients flourish in Asian markets by helping them understand and navigate local challenges and by delivering solutions that provide clients with a competitive advantage.
In this blog we aim to provide a little insight into part of the lifecycle of Corelight Lab’s response to a critical HTTP vulnerability. We’ve open-sourced many such responses over the last year, and this one is a good demonstration of the evolving nature of the threat landscape. It also serves to highlight some issues we track through development of these packages. Similar to our response to the Solarwinds incident, there are two high level questions that we aim to shed light on.
In this blog, we explain what XDR is, how it differs to EDR, NDR and MDR, and outline some key factors to consider when deciding where to invest your organisation’s security budget.
A staggering $1.9 billion in cryptocurrency was stolen by criminals in 2020, a recent report by Finaria reveals. Fortunately, despite the growth of the crypto market, crypto crime has decreased by 57% since 2019, dropping to $1.9 billion. The widespread recent implementation of stronger security measures also means crypto-criminals stole 160% more in value in 2019 than in 2020, despite the similar number of crimes.
As companies become more digitized, they must take appropriate steps in their application security processes to ensure data protection. The SolarWinds software supply chain attack, which was delivered to over 18,000 customers via the company’s own software update process, was the result of malicious code deployed in SolarWinds’ Orion network monitoring software.
Thanks to the growing availability of vaccines and immunization campaigns in multiple countries, the world is starting to see a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. We are eager to return to a new normal, being aware that some changes will be permanent, or if not permanent will strongly characterize the next years.
As announced last week by our good friends at the Node.js Foundation, Snyk has agreed to take over from the amazing Node.js ecosystem vulnerability disclosure program. As a company that’s been part of this program from a very early stage — and has been inspired by it to create our own multi-ecosystem disclosure program — it is a great honor to have been entrusted with this responsibility, and we thank the Node.js Foundation sincerely for their trust in this matter.
After every major cyberattack, security vendors like LogSentinel are expected to write something on preventing future similar incidents, probably involving their technology. And yes, we do have a ransomware prevention page that outlines the key features of LogSentinel SIEM to fight against ransomware. But it’s much more complex than that. What everyone in the industry knows is that in order to not be affected significantly, you have to have a proper off-site backup.
Before GDPR, PIA (Privacy Impact Assessment) were a thing. This topic is around privacy impact assessment, its purpose, PIA vs DPIA and includes the underlying context of GDPR compliance. The monotony has been changed since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into existence; it has significantly changed the concept of data privacy and security.
One thing that 2020 taught us is that you can do anything with a mobile device. My smartphone and tablet have become my go-to for shopping, banking, watching TV and video chatting with family and friends. I’m also getting a lot of work done on them. Basically it has become the center of both my personal and professional lives. Here’s the dilemma a lot of organizations are facing: while away from the office, your workers are using their mobile devices to stay productive.
Uptime. Reliability. Efficiency. These used to be perks, elements of forward-thinking and premium-level enterprises. Now they’re a baseline expectation. Today, consumers expect information, resources, and services to be available on-demand, updated in real time, and accessible without fuss. Imagine trying to Google something or place an order from Amazon only to be told, “Please try again in 48 hours. Sorry for the inconvenience.”
Open Source software provides the community source code that anyone can inspect, modify, and enhance. OSS is so ubiquitous that it’s even on other planets. This post is for the people who run these projects.
Cybersecurity has always been a significant challenge for businesses, mostly due to the increasing financial and reputational cost of data breaches. As a result, there has been a consistent rise in tactics and technologies used to combat these threats. These methods fulfill the need for better, smarter ways to augment enterprise-level security and minimize mobile security risks.
A DPIA is a Data Protection Impact Assessment. It’s an assessment of the likely impact on data subjects (individual) and their rights, both regarding privacy and freedom to conduct business. The goal: To identify what measures might be needed for compliance with GDPR or equivalent legislation elsewhere in the world before beginning a new process involving personal data that will make it clear how that individual’s right is affected by this project.
The new SANS 2021 Report: Top Skills Analysts Need to Master analyzes the need for organizations to invest in improving their security operations and identifies the skills analysts must master to support this initiative. Characterizing an analyst as essentially an investigator, the SANS report breaks the investigative process down into two primary areas: Investigative Tasks and Investigative Thinking.
I’m pleased to announce that Sumo Logic has finalized its acquisition of DFLabs S.p.A., a provider of security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) software.
NIST compliance is mandatory for federal contractors, but there is a lot of confusion around it. Without it, chances of getting those big projects in the government are significantly skewed. So what is NIST compliance exactly?
Last week President Biden issued a widely publicized executive order to improve cybersecurity and protect federal government networks. The order comes in the wake of several prominent attacks against public-sector and private-sector infrastructure in recent months including last week’s Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack that disrupted fuel supplies and triggered gasoline shortages in the Southeast.
Tech start-up Haidrun has announced its arrival in the fast-growing blockchain market with the launch of its new Haidrun private blockchain platform. With early generations of blockchain offering robustness and trust, but at the expense of confidentiality, performance and cost, Haidrun’s new technology is designed to bridge this gap and specifically address the needs of enterprise customers.
Understanding what to audit in a network can be chaotic and confusing. Building a complete network security checklist is crucial for organizations with computers connected to the internet or to each other. Think of it like an antivirus scan you might run on your computer to find Trojans or malware, except you’re scanning your entire network to find anything that may cripple it.
SMS-based phishing attacks are nothing new. They’ve been around in one form or another since the technology became mainstream in the mid-90s, and more so since the introduction of smartphones a decade and a half ago. However, in their latest incarnation, AKA Smishing, such attacks are progressively executed on a scale never seen before. In the last couple of months, Cyberint has seen an increase of SMS phishing attacks targeting the customers of retail companies.
AWS Policies are a key foundation in good cloud security, but they are often overlooked. In this blog, we take a quick look on some AWS Policies, particularly for Identity and Access Management (IAM), that could become problematic if not properly managed. We'll discuss how they can be used against us to generate attacks like: Ransomware, data exfiltration, credential abuse, and more. Finally, we'll suggest some Open Source tools for cloud policy assessment and pentesting.
A slew of recent changes, particularly the massive shift to remote work following the pandemic, has rapidly redefined the cybersecurity threatscape. In the new cyber normal, organizations face the security dilemma of keeping existing tools versus adopting solutions to protect them against today's threats.
Chances are, if you’re shopping for a virtual private server, you already understand why they’re useful for web developers, app designers and everyone in between. You also probably know that the surge in popularity of hourly pricing means you can try most of the big players in this space for yourself for the cost of one Bazooka Joe comic (not even the gum, just the comic).
Fragmentation and aggregation attacks (FragAttacks) are WLAN vulnerabilities discovered by Mathy Vanhoef, who created this webpage to provide more information about them. Three of these vulnerabilities are 802.11 specification design flaws, and they are probably as old as the 802.11 specification itself. Aggregation was added in 802.11n, which means this vulnerability has been in the design for over 10 years. Nine of these vulnerabilities are implementation flaws.
We are proud to announce that a Netacea team recently bested 128 other entrants to win the Kafka Summit Hackathon! As part of the online summit, sponsors Confluent challenged teams from all over Europe to create an event streaming application with Confluent Cloud.
In 2020, over 30 new major features were released across the Snyk platform — in Snyk Open Source, Snyk Container, Snyk Infrastructure as Code, and Snyk Code. While both our development and product teams deserve credit for Snyk’s rapid pace of development, our users also play an important role by continuously providing us with their feedback and insight. Our ultimate goal is to help development and security teams be successful in mitigating risk.
This is a story of bringing the pain forward, begging forgiveness, and continuous improvement. In the early days of Manifold — long before we joined Snyk — we were building an independent marketplace for developer services (like databases or transactional email senders). The structure of our code was typical: we had a React frontend app, and a collection of Go microservices talking to a database. A typical structure meant we had typical problems, too.
Over the past decade, we have seen the rapid adoption and expansion of connected devices and embedded systems among businesses. This includes anything from the Internet of Things (IoT) to connected medical devices, building systems, Industrial Control Systems (ICS), and other devices that power our lives and our infrastructure.
If File Integrity Monitoring (FIM) were easy, everyone would be doing it. Actually, it is pretty easy. It’s not exactly rocket science. Practically anyone with a modicum of Python, Perl or development skills can write an app or a script to gather the checksum of a file, compare it to a list or baseline, and tell you whether or not said file has changed.
Cloud misconfigurations represent something that’s plaguing many organizations’ cloud adoption efforts. For example, a 2020 report found that 91% of cloud deployments contained at least one misconfiguration that left organizations exposed to potential digital threats. Those weaknesses contributed to more than 200 data breaches between 2018 and 2020, noted SC Magazine, with those security incidents exposing more than 30 billion records.
The CVE-2021-25737 low-level vulnerability has been found in Kubernetes kube-apiserver where an authorized user could redirect pod traffic to private networks on a Node. The kube-apiserver affected are: By exploiting the vulnerability, adversaries could be able to redirect pod traffic even though Kubernetes already prevents creation of Endpoint IPs in the localhost or link-local range.
In its mission to simplify building and running cloud-native applications for users, Amazon has announced the GA of AWS App Runner, a new purpose-built container application service. With security top of mind for most organizations shifting to the cloud, Sysdig has collaborated with AWS to enable threat detection for the new platform.
Insufficient Logging and Monitoring differs somewhat from the previous 9 risks. While it cannot lead to a direct intrusion, this risk is that you fail to detect the intrusion in a timely manner, a failure that can cost millions.
For those of us who have spent our careers working in cybersecurity, President Biden’s recent “Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity,” (EO) held no surprises. However, it is a step toward accelerating the modernization of public and private infrastructure upon which the nation relies.
Security Logging and Monitoring Failures is #9 in the current OWASP top Ten Most Critical Web Application Security Risks.
Cloud computing is an integral part of most businesses globally. Technology has transformed the way businesses operate and thrive in the industry. However, the cloud industry has been facing huge challenges when it comes to complying with various data protection and data privacy standards. With the enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a lot has changed for most businesses.
On May 18th 2021, the Center for Internet Security (CIS) released version 8 of the Critical Security Controls (CSC) - a business and technology agnostic set of recommendations that all organizations should consider and follow to prevent the most prevalent and dangerous attacks. In this blog series we discuss the ins and outs of the new guidance to get you up to speed with v8.
COVID-19 contact tracing and personal cloud apps, what could possibly go wrong? A recent federal lawsuit, filed against the state of Pennsylvania and a vendor contracted by the state’s Department of Health, provides an interesting answer. The vendor in question was contracted “to provide contact tracing and other similar services” following the outbreak of COVID-19 in March 2020.
A selection of this week’s more interesting vulnerability disclosures and cyber security news. For a daily selection see our twitter feed at #ionCube24. This first article makes a really good point of pointing out how ludicrous the apathy to tighten exposed service is. The cloud providers have done a lot to make it obvious vulnerable services are exposed, but no, people still can’t or ignore such advice. Is it lack of capability? Ignorance? Cost cutting? Maybe all of them.
What is Data Safety, why is it important, and how do you go about designing into the foundations of your data environment? When you see the phrase "Data Safety", the chances are you think of Data Security. Most people do. What is far less likely is that you think of the other two pillars of Data Safety: Data Privacy and Data Governance. Clearly, all three pillars overlap.
Reduced costs, new revenue streams, greater customer trust and new markets The best data privacy programmes are granular. They assess the root of every data source, the nuances of every data use and the specifics of every way in which data is stored and shared. From that finite visibility, liabilities can be identified and appropriate remedies put in place that carefully balance the demands of the data subjects with the needs of the business.
In order to understand how to report a data breach, we first have to know what a data breach actually is. Under the GDPR, a personal data breach is “the accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure of, or access to, personal data.” This covers a wide range of scenarios, some of which might be surprising. The following would all be considered as data breaches under the GDPR.
Anne Neuberger, Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology, addressed President Biden’s executive order at the virtual RSA Conference this week. The executive order, announced on May 12, 2021, aims to safeguard U.S. cybersecurity and modernize cybersecurity defenses. As Neuberger explains, this executive order couldn’t come at a more critical time.
Residual risk is the threat or vulnerability that remains after all risk treatment and remediation efforts have been implemented. Even with an astute vulnerability sanitation program, there will always be vestiges of risks that remain, these are residual risks. Because they will always be present, the process of managing residual risk involves setting an acceptable threshold and then implementing programs and solutions to mitigate all risks below that threshold.
Back in March, a hacking group known as DarkSide began a campaign on Colonial Pipeline’s IT network and billing systems. On May 7th, Colonial publicly announces the attack, shuts down servers and some pipelines and pays DarkSide $4.4M in ransom. On May 12th, Colonial restores operations and announces fuel delivery timelines amidst panic buying at gas stations.
In today’s digital world, we practically live on our phones or computers. Chances are, you don’t go more than 15 minutes without checking your email or social media. And you probably get most of your news from the Internet. But how do you know what information is real? Two different news sites might be giving a different opinion of the same story. Take the presidential election, for example. There was a frenzy of fake news trying to sway voters in one direction or the other.
As part of the 2021 MSP 500 project, CRN asked MSPs to describe their most significant challenges for 2021. Their answers ranged from 'finding and hiring highly trained new employees' to 'fulfilling clients' sophisticated IT security needs whilst sustaining business in the saturated MSP market.' In 2021 the cybersecurity threats have taken different shades and have compelled the MSPs to refine and increase their security offering to stay relevant and thriving in the market.
With the quantum leap in the adoption of remote work environments, cybercriminals are turning their attention on the security vulnerabilities in these environments. On top of this, protecting remote connections is becoming increasingly difficult because hacking techniques have become more sophisticated. At ManageEngine, we’ve designed a seven-step strategy to help ensure holistic Exchange security: Detect attacks before they cause damage
Here’s the story of an information security engineer whose organization urgently needed new security log management stack that would enable him and his peers to not only survive but really thrive. In this Log’s Honest Truth podcast, presented in partnership with ITSP Magazine, Julian Waits, GM of the Devo cyber business unit & public sector, discusses the confessions of “Mr. B,” an information security engineer. Mr.
The AXA Group has been targeted by Ransomware and the threat actors have publicly announced this incident. AXA Group’s IT Operations were affected regionally in the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Hong Kong. The hostaged data, amounting to approximately 3 terabytes, consisted of customers’ personally identifiable information, health records, medical claims, patients’ personal health conditions, photos of IDs and passports, bank documents, and hospital invoices.
Threat intelligence solutions provide security teams with critical context on cybersecurity vulnerabilities and the threat actors seeking to exploit them. This helps organizations to respond proactively and efficiently to threats. Yet while all threat intelligence tools offer the core feature of basic information about cybersecurity threats, they vary significantly in the ways they make available that data.
“The United States faces persistent and increasingly sophisticated malicious cyber campaigns that threaten the public sector, the private sector, and ultimately the American people’s security and privacy. The Federal Government must improve its efforts to identify, deter, protect against, detect, and respond to these actions and actors.”
Organizations today, even those not related to "tech", all have a need for cybersecurity. Regardless of your industry vertical, if you have email, a website, a phone system, or even just have people using computers, cybersecurity is needed at some level or another to protect your ability to do business.
APIs are a key part of modern web application development transforming how organizations build, manage, and scale their web and mobile services. In this blog we discuss why APIs are the new web application security, highlighting the growing challenges of API security risks and sharing best practices for preventing API attacks.
The pandemic spared no one and created disruption for everyone. But adversity can bring opportunity, and many of the businesses that prospered because of COVID-19 were the ones able to offer customers something that the crisis took away from them. (Raise your hand if you or someone you know purchased – or at least thought seriously about buying – a Peloton.)
AST solutions provide insights to help organizations make more-informed decisions about their security investments. By now, everybody is familiar with the fundamental value of using application security testing (AST) solutions. You do security testing as part of a secure software development life cycle, you find security bugs, you fix them, and the software you release has a lower risk of being compromised, interrupted, or otherwise abused by attackers.
The PCI DSS compliance password requirements are mandated by Requirement 8 of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Password compliance plays a key role in the PCI standards because it dictates the password complexity necessary to help an organization better defend its systems against unauthorized access.
With all the headlines about ransomware attacks hitting companies hard, you might think there’s only bad news around the subject. Well, think again.
When undertaking a new project, the need to deliver quantifiable results today (or at least very quickly!) is a significant challenge facing a CIO, CISO, or anyone with high-level responsibility for enterprise networking and security. Unlike typical IT projects where long development cycles may be tolerated, security must demonstrate value right away and deliver quick wins. Vulnerability is scary.
In order to get a grasp on how to ease security incident management and response processes, there are terms to be clarified first. First of all, a security incident is the common name of an attack towards an organization’s cybersecurity system, network, or data in general. In addition, TechSlang also includes successful attacks within the term “incident”. Therefore, whether impactful or not, all types of attacks, violations, or exploitations can be described as security incidents.
MITRE ATT&CK stands for MITRE Adversarial Tactics, Techniques and Common Knowledge. It’s a curated knowledge base of adversarial behavior based on real-world observation of APT campaigns.
Chris Wysopal, Veracode Co-Founder and CTO, recently sat down with Tom Field, ISMG Senior Vice President of Editorial, for an executive interview at the RSA Conference 2021 to discuss if digital transformations are making application security (AppSec) “headless.”
Chris Wysopal, Co-Founder and CTO at Veracode, and Joshua Corman, Chief Strategist of Healthcare and COVID at CISA, presented at the 2021 RSA Conference on AppSec’s future and the need for a new Chief Product Security Officer (CPSO) role. Wysopal started by quoting entrepreneur Marc Andreessen saying, “Software is eating the world,” to express just how much we rely on technology. From our iPhones and laptops to our cars and even our refrigerators … software is everywhere.
As the pandemic starts to fade, it can be easy to fall into a false sense of security. While there’s finally an end to COVID-19 insight, the cybersecurity pandemic rages on. 2020 was a record year for cybercrime, and the same threats will plague 2021. Amid the disruptions of 2020, many businesses embraced remote work, cloud services, and IoT technologies. These changes, in turn, led to a shifting cybersecurity landscape as cybercriminals adapted and new threats emerged.
PHP is used extensively to power websites. From blogging to ecommerce, it’s embedded in our everyday lives and powers much of the internet we use today. According to a Wappalyzer report on top programming languages of 2020, PHP has a 79% market share of backend languages used on the internet today. One of the biggest challenges with PHP libraries over the years has been package management. There have been a few ways to easily install and maintain libraries including PECL, CPAN.
When Apple released their privacy nutrition labels, it was seen as a key turning point in platform-level privacy. Even so, while Apple holds control of mobile device profits and industry mind share, they do not account for the majority of mobile devices globally—especially in developing countries. The iPhone is expensive, and therefor any of its privacy protections become a benefit only to those that can afford their devices.
Threat hunting can seem like an intimidating discipline to many. Something that is shrouded in mystery and the preserve of highly experienced and trained cyber specialists in companies with huge resources. Operating a world-class 24/7 threat hunting team like the experts in CrowdStrike’s Falcon OverWatch is far from simple and in reality many companies never even try. We want to encourage people who are new to threat hunting to give it a go and make it easy to get started.
The HIPAA Journal reported that “2020 was the worst ever year for healthcare industry data breaches.” In the US alone, there were 642 reported data breaches in which the number of records stolen exceeded 500, and in total, nearly 29.3 million healthcare records were exposed.
Who’s responsible for security? Milton Friedman once said “When everybody owns something, nobody owns it, and nobody has a direct interest in maintaining or improving its condition.” While that quote was about physical buildings 40 years ago, it’s still relevant to how we build software today. The technology required to shift security left exists but the organizational shifts are lagging behind.
First observed in 2019 and advertised (Figure 1) as a 'Malware-as-a-Service' (MaaS) threat on various cybercriminal forums, Raccoon is an information stealer targeting victim credentials and cryptocurrency wallets. Seemingly favored by some threat actors due to its simplicity, the malware element of Raccoon omits advanced features, such as those used to evade detection, and instead focuses on the 'stealer' task in hand.
A web developer’s ultimate goal is to not only develop a website or an app that is aesthetically and functionally stunning but highly secure as well. Cybersecurity is inevitable and no end-user would want to have an app that could breach or compromise their data security and integrity (no matter how useful the app is). With hackers and middlemen working on creative ways to explore vulnerabilities, it is on developers like us to take charge and be a step ahead of them.
People are increasingly becoming aware of the threats posed by hackers who infiltrate devices using viruses, spyware and malware. However, it may be time to shine the spotlight on “stalkerware”, a completely different type of cyber security threat that nevertheless has lasting negative repercussions. In this article, we will talk about this malicious software, which allows a remote user to surveil all activities on another user’s device.
Best practices for securing an AWS environment have been well-documented and generally accepted, such as AWS’s guidance. However, organizations may still find it challenging on how to begin applying this guidance to their specific environments. In this blog series, we’ll analyze anonymized data from Netskope customers that include security settings of 650,000 entities from 1,143 AWS accounts across several hundred organizations.
Hotels across the globe have been subject to massive data breaches and widespread loyalty fraud over recent years. Competitive bookings have become a prime target for cybercriminals who take advantage of look-to-book ratios and the vast amounts of data held by hotel chains to execute loyalty program abuse. But as severe travel restrictions came into play and bookings ground to a halt, hotels became almost redundant for 12 months of the pandemic.
Digital transformation is creating unpredictable mutations across the attack surface. As a result, some third-party risks have outgrown the discovery mechanisms offered by the hundreds of standard security frameworks currently available. To cater to these growing use cases, UpGuard has introduced custom questionnaires to its industry-leading third-party risk management platform. Custom questionnaires are vendor security questionnaires that you can design yourself.
When it comes to identity governance, the future is here. Hyper-automation and self-driving governance promise to make as dramatic an impact as that of agile development. The result? Faster regulatory compliance, lower costs, and substantially reduced risk.
On May 8th, I was at a gas station filling up my car before a trip I was taking when the news about a cyberattack against a large pipeline company broke. The attack led them to halt all operations. Ultimately, the incident stemmed from a ransomware infection in which a well-known threat actor took volumes of corporate data in just two hours and made their demands including the threat to block and encrypt the company’s network. They even threatened to release the data to the internet.
As more businesses collect and share customer personal data for their digital economy, it has significantly influenced data privacy in today’s digital age. Data is the most critical asset to both businesses and customers/users. Businesses must ensure the confidentiality and integrity of users’ data and impose strict control over personal data collection and processing.
The great Ricky Bobby from Talladega Nights once said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Whether we’re talking about a NASCAR race or responding to a security alert, being able to quickly discover attacks and adversaries and respond rapidly is critically important to reducing risks and managing threats to your organization. How do we suggest you do that? With a SOAR (Security Orchestration Automation & Response) tool.
While the world is still more familiar with physical IDs (which may then be linked to online government records), it continues to be inadequate today, as they can be easily manipulated or purchased illegally. IDENTITY –still on a piece of paper? This needs another thought, in a world where hard copies are going obsolete. Hence, governments of different countries have taken up new projects to build a 100% secure and digitized identity by levelling up their existing systems.
DLP security strategies, benefits explained The threat landscape is a constantly evolving challenge for enterprise security professionals – the number of cyberattacks is continuing to rise, data exfiltration is now included in 70% of ransomware attacks, and insiders are responsible for 30% of all data breaches. As a result, enterprises are constantly looking for ways to reduce the risk of sensitive data being leaked outside the company.
Anyone working to stand up or build out a robust AppSec program understands the ongoing need for security scanning tool integrations. Practitioners rely on a “garden shed” of AppSec tools, including open source and leading commercial ones, to support their security efforts.
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – the Detectify Security Research team announced the general availability of Ugly Duckling, a stand-alone application security tool specifically tailored for ethical hackers to make it easier for them to share their latest findings. This new open-source scanner was developed with the Detectify Crowdsource community hackers in mind, and it is available for any security enthusiasts to tinker with as well.
Original ideas, developments, and trade secrets help businesses increase their value and stand out among competitors. But as market competition grows, the risks of intellectual property (IP) theft and leaks also grow. Establishing basic security policies and procedures to protect sensitive data is crucial if you want to continue to benefit from your intellectual property.
Synopsys’s world-class application security products, services, and the recently released Intelligent Orchestration can help you build secure, high-quality, resilient software faster. But no single vendor can provide solutions for all the challenges a company faces today. Firms need partners to solve the myriad business challenges they face. Synopsys Technology Alliance Partner program partners with the technology industry’s leading organizations to create joint customer value.
SAN FRANCISCO – May 18, 2021 – Reciprocity, a leader in information security risk and compliance with its ZenGRC platform, today announced ZenGRC has been awarded four coveted Cyber Defense Magazine (CDM) InfoSec Awards: Most Innovative in IT Vendor Risk Management, Cutting Edge in Risk Management, Most Innovative in Third Party Risk Management, and Publisher’s Choice in Compliance.
Responding to the all too familiar news of compromised Amazon cloud storage, security researchers have begun leaving “friendly warnings” on AWS S3 accounts with exposed data or incorrect permissions. The misconfiguration of access control on AWS storage “buckets” has been behind numerous high profile data breaches, including Verizon, The Pentagon, Uber and FedEx.
Netskope is excited to announce the publication of our new book, Designing a SASE Architecture for Dummies. You’re likely familiar with the iconic Dummies series of books as helpful introductory guides to complex topics.
Software security is a big focus of the Biden administration’s recent executive order on cybersecurity. In fact, an entire section, or 25 percent, of the order is dedicated to software security requirements. In the wake of the SolarWinds cyberattack, the security of the software supply chain is clearly top of mind at the White House, and has prompted these unprecedented and detailed security requirements for any software vendor looking to do business with the federal government.
A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, is an illegal attempt to make a website unavailable by overloading its server with high amounts of fake traffic. The onslaught of malicious connection requests places legitimate visitors at the back of an undiminishing traffic queue which prevents the website from loading.
Amazon’s, Google’s and Microsoft’s experiences with building massive infrastructures for the world allows for some fascinating insights into the future of IT security at scale. As a result, when Google published The CISO’s Guide to Cloud Security Transformation earlier this year, I was curious about what priorities they saw in cloud security. It’s a short read, and it’s well worth the time invested in downloading a copy.
In November 2019, just after Styra raised $14 million in our Series A funding round, I wrote that the market’s move away from monolithic apps and adoption of containerized cloud-native application architectures was going to provide “a substantial market opportunity for policy and authorization to evolve.” A lot has happened since I wrote that, and I’m happy to report that while our Series A round showed the market opportunity, our latest round of funding proves the validity of t
Our phones know a lot about us, so it’s important we can trust them. After discovering and then publishing our findings on SourMint — the malicious iOS ad SDK — the Snyk Security Team decided to dig deeper in the Android ecosystem. To do so, we leveraged Snyk Code to analyze and search for vulnerabilities in applications uploaded to the Google Play store.
SASE (pronounced “sassy”) is a new approach that provides organizations with the tools to effectively protect, connect and control distributed users and applications. SASE solutions promise to consolidate the numerous network and security tools into a single platform to make businesses more scalable, flexible and adaptable.
In our recent infographic we reported that almost 1 in 6 construction companies reported a ransomware attack in the past year so, yes, ransomware is a serious problem for construction companies. The question then becomes: why are construction and engineering companies being targeted with such frequency? For two reasons; first is a distributed workforce.
The Irish High Court, Ireland's data privacy watchdog, has won a legal fight over Facebook's data flows between the EU and the US. When the EU-US Privacy Shield was ruled insufficient in protecting the privacy of EU data subjects last year, many companies were left in an uncomfortable state of limbo waiting. Any organization moving data about EU residents from the EU to the US has been in the dark on whether they were still in compliance.
As organizations continue to evolve their security operations maturity and the SOC increasingly focuses on detection and response, three capabilities are foundational for success – threat intelligence, integration and automation. In a recent webinar, “Evolution of CTI – Use Case in a Modern SOC,” ThreatQuotient’s Yann Le Borgne, together with Ben van Ditmars of Atos and Martin Ohl from McAfee tackle this topic.
When it comes to malware attacks, one of the more common techniques is “living off the land” (LOtL). Utilizing standard tools or features that already exist in the target environment allows these attacks to blend into the environment and avoid detection. While these techniques can appear normal in isolation, they start looking suspicious when observed in the parent-child context. This is where the ProblemChild framework can help.
Ransomware has been a thorn in the side of cybersecurity teams for the past several years. As other security threats have come and gone, this insidious threat has been a constant challenge for every organization. This past year has proven to be especially profitable for ransomware operators, as major organizations like United Health Services, Orange and Acer have fallen victim to these attacks.
The internet has changed over the years. Kids today are less interested in random chat rooms, and more inclined to connect with their friends via social media. Most recently, Zoom parties have become the norm for kids, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On paper, Zoom parties can be great ways for kids to stay connected. They can chat with their friends, and even meet people from different parts of the country – or the world!
Our Crowdsource ethical hacker community has been busy sending us security updates, including 0-day research. For Asset Monitoring, we now push out tests more frequently at record speed within 25 minutes from hacker to scanner. Due to confidentially agreements, we cannot publicize all security update releases here but they are immediately added to our scanner and available to all users.
As the use of open source has grown, so has the number of vulnerabilities. Uncover the latest findings from the 2021 OSSRA report. Open source libraries are the foundation for every application in every industry. But paralleling the popularity of open source is a growth in risk—specifically around open source licensing, security, code quality, and especially open source sustainability.
Organizations may use security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) to streamline security operations in three main areas: threat and vulnerability detection, incident response, and security-operations automation. Teams may use automation to increase efficiencies and maintain control of IT security functions from a single platform. SOAR solutions also allow for process execution, performance gap analysis, and machine learning to aid analysts in intelligently accelerating operations.
These days several enterprises encounter suspicious links and websites that are ready to steal their data. This isn't very surprising as cyber crimes have increased tremendously in the last few years. Last year, Zscaler’s platform detected and blocked 2.7 million encrypted phishing attacks per month. It also found that 32 percent of newly-registered, potentially malicious domains were using SSL certificates.
There is a saying in cybersecurity that “Data is the new oil.” If that is true, then that oil is powering not only the economy but also industry. The term ‘Industry 4.0’ refers to the fourth industrial revolution where traditional manufacturing and industrial processes are increasingly using IT and data to the point that we’re now seeing the emergence of ‘smart factories.’
Organizations are increasingly faced with threats from sophisticated criminal organizations and nation-state actors. To mitigate the risks posed by cyber criminals, organizations must secure and protect their proprietary and sensitive information. They must also commit to training their employees to do their part to protect proprietary and sensitive information.
Netskope applauds the White House’s Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity, especially the rigor with which short-term deadlines and some clear-cut plans of action are described. DarkSide ransomware and the attack on the Colonial Pipeline is just one recent example of events that have disrupted national critical infrastructure and put the privacy and safety of millions of individuals at risk.
Two weeks back, we published our annual State of Cloud Native Application Security report. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a TL;DR. We surveyed nearly 600 developers and security professionals to see how the shift to cloud native (digital transformation) has changed their security posture. Then we parsed the results, gleaned valuable insights, and put them in an interactive webpage.
The ransomware campaign against the Colonial Pipeline highlights the dangers and real-life consequences of cyberattacks. If you want to understand how to use Splunk to find activity related to the DarkSide Ransomware, we highly recommend you first read “The DarkSide of the Ransomware Pipeline” from Splunk’s Security Strategist team. In short, according to the FBI, the actors behind this campaign are part of the “DarkSide” group.
Given that attacks are only increasing and there needs to be greater efficacy in how companies protect themselves, let us reference how the financial industry has created and relies on a body of standards to address issues in financial accounting as a defined comparison for Information Security. To support this argument, there is a defined contrast between information security and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. We’ll explore this relationship in more detail below.
With so many different cyber threats targeting businesses like yours, it isn’t always easy to know which to prioritise. The mistake that many organisations make is to focus purely on threats originating from outside. However, with the number and severity of breaches caused by insider attacks continuing to rise, this can often be a very costly oversight.
It is strange to think that not that long ago the Internet was a very different place. A place filled with static text content, marked up in HTML, and served up alongside a few included image files; mostly consumed by a small population of persons with specific interests. Today’s Internet consumer demands a vibrant and responsive user experience customized to their individual interests. A localized cornucopia of options from around the globe, available on demand.
The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, is a federal government program to provide a standardized approach for security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud services and cloud products offered by cloud service providers (CSPs). FedRAMP creates a single risk-based standard so government agencies can engage with cloud-based providers more easily.
Online digital publishing platforms have thrived in the new media age. The ability to publish an article detailing news from around the world, within minutes of it happening, has allowed publishers to give their customers exciting and up-to-date content 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, like many other online platforms, publishers are often the victim of cyber-threats. Specifically, malicious bots programmed to perform a variety of attacks such as scraping, content theft and ad fraud.
Threat modelling is a process for identifying potential threats to an organization's network security and all the vulnerabilities that could be exploited by those threats. Most security protocols are reactive - threats are isolated and patched after they've been injected into a system. Threat modelling, on the other hand, is a proactive approach to cybersecurity, whereby potential threats are identified and anticipated.
It was a turbulent time for business across the globe in 2020 and, whilst the situation is improving in 2021, there are still obstacles to overcome. Not least of all is the ever-present issue of cyber security: an average of 57% of SMEs admit to a breach in 2020, and 86% of organisations expect attacks to increase going forward. As business focus on recovering revenue streams and driving growth, investing in cyber security is often overlooked.
The definition of application security (AppSec) is found in the name itself. It consists of the process and tools used for securing the application software that computers, end-users, consumers and organizations rely on to operate various programs. Think media players, word processors and more complex B2B applications like those delivered by SaaS-based technology companies. And security includes the measures taken to protect this software, often with the use of different security scanning tools.
The Biden Administration published a new executive order (EO) to strengthen the digital security of U.S. federal government networks. Published on May 12 by The White House, the executive order covered much of what many media outlets reported would appear in the draft. This included the issue of supply chain security. For example, the EO stated that the U.S. federal government will begin requiring developers to make security data about their tools publicly available. It also said that the U.S.
Technological innovation doesn’t slow down when it comes to software, but neither do cyberattacks. The rapid pace of modern programming brings the need for agility and security that can scale and improve to meet business needs. Organizations that want to keep up with innovation while staying secure need more than just capable tools in their tech stacks; having the right people in the right seats to champion your security efforts throughout the development process is also key.
Verizon recently published its 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR). This year, Verizon analyzed 79,635 incidents, of which 29,207 met their quality standards and 5,258 were confirmed data breaches, from 88 countries around the world. Despite the global pandemic, the DBIR uncovered that cybercrime continued to thrive. Like previous years, the majority of breaches were financially motivated, and most were caused by external actors illegally accessing data.
The technological change of the 21st century has seen rapid growth in the innovation and fastest adoption of cloud computing. It is now considered the most ingenious solution that removes the idea of having a data centre by helping businesses meet their needs virtually in the most cost-effective, efficient, and productive way.
Anybody who’s looked for answers on the Internet has likely stumbled across a “TOP X LISTS”: The “10 things famous people do every day”, “Top 10 stocks to by”, the “20 books you have to read” are just some examples of the myriad of lists that are out there offering answers. You may have even stumbled upon a few “Top 10 (or 12) Events To Monitor” articles too.
In yet another high-impact and high-profile ransomware incident, the 'big game hunter' ransomware group 'DarkSide' accepted responsibility for an attack against the US-based Colonial Pipeline Company, an organization providing fuel pipeline services across multiple states (Figure 1) that transport a reported 100 million US gallons of fuel daily including direct service to airports.
From salesperson to security analyst, Siobhan Kelleher, who works at Boston College, a private university in Chestnut Hill, Mass., is emblematic of the many people who have traversed non-traditional career paths to arrive in the cybersecurity profession. She is also validation of how much promise awaits the industry when its skills gap becomes narrowed with creative and passionate practitioners. Please enjoy Kelleher’s story of growth, development and confidence building.
President Biden’s Cybersecurity Executive Order requires new software security standards and best practices. Learn what you can do to prepare now. By: Tim Mackey, Principal Security Strategist, Synopsys Cybersecurity Research Center (CyRC) and Adam Isles, Principal, The Chertoff Group On Wednesday, May 12, President Biden signed an extensive Executive Order (E.O.) on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity. The E.O.
Ofwat, the water services regulator for England and Wales, has revealed that it has received over 20,000 spam and phishing emails so far this year. The Water Services Regulation Authority (better known as Ofwat) which is the government department responsible for regulating the privatised water and sewage industry in England and Wales, said it had received 21,486 malicious emails so far this year – with 5,149 classified as phishing attacks.
The term “gig economy” refers to the increasingly common use of skilled freelance or otherwise independent workers on a short-term basis—often one project at a time. The availability of these sorts of gig workers has brought massive change to global work culture over the last few years.
Last night, the Biden administration released an executive order on cybersecurity that includes new security requirements for software vendors selling software to the U.S. government. These requirements include security testing in the development process and a bill of materials for the open source libraries in use, so known vulnerabilities are disclosed and able to be tracked in the future. Without following these standards, companies will not be able to sell software to the federal government.
Ponemon Institute’s Reducing Enterprise Application Security Risks: More Work Needs to Be Done looks at the reasons why many enterprises consider the application layer to be the highest security risk. Ponemon Institute, in partnership with WhiteSource, surveyed 634 IT and IT security practitioners about their enterprises’ approach to securing applications.
The most basic definition of DevSecOps is found in the abbreviation itself. As a combination of development, security and operations, the term DevSecOps is about ensuring these three functions are fully and continually integrated through the software development life cycle (SDLC). It enables the development of secure applications by automating security at every phase of the SDLC—from the initial design phase through integration, testing, deployment and delivery.
Devo has some big news for our customers, partners and prospects. We are pleased to announce the latest release of Devo Security Operations, which enables you to achieve full visibility without compromise, leverage real-time detections and enriched investigations, and maximize analyst productivity.
Open Policy Agent, or OPA, is an open source, general purpose policy engine. OPA decouples policy decisions from other responsibilities of an application, like those commonly referred to as business logic. OPA works equally well making decisions for Kubernetes, Microservices, functional application authorization and more, thanks to its single unified policy language. So what’s a policy engine? And what’s policy? A policy can be thought of as a set of rules.
We’re delighted to share new features of Snyk Infrastructure as Code (Snyk IaC) designed to support how Terraform users write, plan, and apply their configurations. With Snyk IaC, you can get immediate guidance on security configurations as you write, and scan your Terraform plans in your deployment pipelines to ensure your changes and complete configuration are safe.
Application development has changed, and development teams have begun supporting a model of rapid and frequent deployments to support the pace of innovation demanded by digital transformation. From an application security perspective, this means scaling through DevSecOps and supporting developer-first security. The unique challenges and solutions for shifting to DevSecOps were the subject of a recent roundtable discussion featuring Aner Mazur, Chief Product Officer at Snyk and Christer Edvartsen, Sr.
Today I’m happy to share more about our partnership with Swimlane, which further reinforces our commitment to empowering security teams everywhere. Today’s security teams rely on the power of Elastic’s high-speed, cloud-scale analytics to solve their most complex and pressing security issues. Swimlane’s security automation platform provides a way for these same teams to accelerate and optimize their workflows for max efficiency and to solve SOAR use cases.
Organizations today are challenged by an increased exposure to cyber threats. Attackers often target emerging technologies since the new technology is often ill-equipped to handle an attack. Moreover, the internet has become filled with malicious links, Trojans, and viruses.
Detectify security experts are speaking with security managers and operational defenders daily. There’s a clear division on how a modern and mature organization will approach security compared to the compliance-first organizations that are playing whack-a-mole to lock down the perimeter. Security transparency is one of the differentiators.
Home and public wi-fi hot spots are firmly a part of everyday life, more so since COVID where many work from home as well as those public spaces setup to help relive the monotony of being stuck at home. Whether you are at home or in a public space establishing some good habits to ensure security of the data you throw over the Internet is worth focusing on.
Security and risk professionals agree that we are living in exciting and challenging times. Digital transformation is no longer a distant dream. Organizations are moving at a breakneck pace to replace manual processes, increase automation, and harness vast amounts of data in order to improve efficiencies.
During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, many government agencies had to move very quickly to enable teleworking to ensure mission consistency during a very unprecedented time. More than one year later, and it is clear that teleworking in government is likely to remain in 2021, and beyond.
In 2019, the hospitality industry suffered 13 percent of all data breaches, ranking third highest among targeted industries. It was two years later when NIST released SP 1800-27: Securing Property Management Systems to help hoteliers secure their Property Management Systems (PMS) and associated patron data.
The cyber security skills gap was a problem prior to the pandemic. In a survey of 342 security professionals released in early 2020, Tripwire found that 83% of security experts felt more overworked going into the new year compared to how they felt at the start of 2019. Tripwire asked respondents to elaborate on that sentiment.
On Thursday, May 6, Colonial Pipeline, which operates a pipeline that delivers gasoline and jet fuel to nearly 45 percent of the U.S. East Coast, fell victim to a ransomware attack. The attack took over 100 gigabytes of data hostage, causing the company to halt all pipeline operations and shut down several of its systems. The attackers, identified as a criminal gang known as DarkSide, threatened to leak proprietary information unless a ransom is paid.
Not long ago, amid the Microsoft Exchange Server attacks, Lookout Chief Strategy Officer Aaron Cockerill wrote about why cloud apps are more secure than their on-premise counterparts. That’s a really important lesson and an initial step towards securing your organization. Here’s part two of that narrative: you also need dedicated security to ensure that your cloud infrastructure and apps are secure.
I’m excited to announce the acquisition of FossID, extending Snyk’s developer-first security capabilities with deeper C/C++ support and enhanced license compliance! Snyk’s vision has always been to empower developers to secure their applications, enabling the speed and scale required by technology-driven companies.
It's one thing to detect a cyber attack. It's another to know what the attackers are trying to do, which tactics they are using, and what their next move is likely to be. Without that additional information, it's difficult to defend effectively against an attack. You can't reliably stop an attack if you are unable to put yourself in the mindset of the attackers. This is why threat intelligence plays a critical role in modern cybersecurity operations.
How can you successfully navigate open source license compliance? Start with the right tools to identify your dependences and calculate their risks. What if you have an open source software package licensed under a permissive license like the Apache or MIT, but inside that package are dependencies licensed under a restrictive license like the General Public License (GPL)? What are some best practices to follow?
Over the weekend, the Alpharetta-based Colonial Pipeline was hit by an extensive ransomware attack that shut down its information technology (IT) and industrial operational technology (OT) systems. Simply put, an all-too-common ransomware event targeting IT systems encouraged a voluntary shutdown on the production side (OT) of the business to prevent further exposure. Colonial Pipeline is responsible for 45% of the gasoline, diesel fuel and natural gas transported from Texas to New Jersey.
Many businesses are now talking about artificial intelligence (AI), and specifically machine learning, as a way to solve data problems more effectively. In theory, this sounds easy. What could be better than using AI to get a computer to learn how to solve a problem over time, without manual intervention? The reality is very different, however.
DarkSide is a ransomware-as-a-service platform that made headlines on May 8, 2021, for targeting Colonial Pipeline, resulting in a shutdown of their pipeline operations. The DarkSide ransomware platform first appeared in August 2020, advertising that they would not target organizations in the education, government, medical, or non-profit sectors.
Across all industries, organizations looking to succeed today must address the integrity of their software. Developing and deploying quality applications is now a foundational business effort, one that sits at the center of a growing global economy. Excellent, safe software not only drives higher productivity, but it also offers major economic benefits to the enterprise by lowering the total cost of ownership and ensuring a safe product experience.
Jamf, the standard in Apple Enterprise Management, today announced it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Wandera, a leader in zero trust cloud security and access for mobile devices.
This year we launched Teleport Cloud, a new service for providing a hosted version of Teleport Access Plane. One of the first problems the team had to tackle was how to secure the new infrastructure properly, and the team wanted to ensure the best possible results by engaging in an independent audit. As with the Teleport core product, we engaged with Doyensec to provide an independent security audit of our production environment.
Hallowe’en is still months away, but Frankenstein is out trick-or-treating even as you read this, and the operative word here is “trick”. Payment fraud criminals continue playing their games with financial institutions’ (FIs) customers and online merchants.
There are several advantages to consuming software as a service (SaaS). For starters, it allows companies of any size to leverage enterprise-grade software (CRM, service desk, security, etc.) in a pay-as-you-go model to avoid spending large sums of money on shelfware that may never get put to use. SaaS also offers customers the ability to scale or change the usage of their software with little to no advance notice, and makes them more agile in delivering products to market.
For years now, modern organizations have enjoyed a seamless procurement experience when purchasing software products through AWS Marketplace. AWS has made it possible for customers to purchase third-party software using their allocated AWS budget while still being able to negotiate custom pricing and legal terms directly with their favorite vendors.
This year has already seen over 100 GDPR non-compliance decisions. Mostly limited to regional companies, but a few have made larger news. The latest company poised to be fined is Disqus. Disqus is a commenting platform that companies can embed in their sites or applications to allow visitors to leave comments on individual articles or pages. Norway's data protection authority has notified Disqus that they intend to issue a non-compliance fine of NOK 250,000,000 (about EUR 2,500,000).
We all know the security industry mantra: it’s not a matter of if, but when and how we’ll be attacked. Recent reports of intrusion activity increasing fourfold in the last two years and a raft of alerts warning of a rise in attacks on schools, hospitals and healthcare providers, and critical infrastructure companies during the global pandemic have only reinforced this.
Every career has defining moments. Most are spread out over years or even decades, but the cybersecurity world has had two career-defining moments just in the past year. It started with the global shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Overnight, many organizations were forced to support employees working remotely. CISOs, like me, were expected to keep both our company and its employees safe in a completely unpredictable world.
As more companies migrate workloads to the public cloud, more security operations teams face the challenge of securing those environments. Although cloud providers make accessing the logging very easy, it is not always easy to digest the mountains of data they provide. One example of this is AWS CloudTrail logging. This service is extremely robust which can lead to quite a bit of noise with basic detections.
Fargate offers a great value proposition to AWS users: forget about virtual machines and just provision containers. Amazon will take care of the underlying hosts, so you will be able to focus on writing software instead of maintaining and upgrading a fleet of Linux instances. Fargate brings many benefits to the table, including small maintenance overhead, lower attack surface, and granular pricing. However, as any cloud asset, leaving your AWS Fargate tasks unattended can lead to nasty surprises.
When Siemplify revealed roughly a year ago that it was launching Siemplify Cloud, an industry-first, cloud-native version of its security orchestration and automation (SOAR) platform, the announcement was about more than a product. “We had to change all our mindsets as a company,” recalls Alon Cohen, Siemplify co-founder and CTO. “There are different processes between being a SaaS (software-as-a-service) company and an on-premises company.”